Echinacea Inspired Railing

Submitted by Janet Rutkowski

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Client: Private Client

Location: Forestburgh, NY, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $7,000

Project Team

Artist

Janet Rutkowski

BFD Firehouse Studios Inc.

Artist

Walter Kenul

BFD Firehouse Studios Inc.

Overview

Our clients needed a creative enclosure for an opening in their staircase before the arrival of their twin daughters. They did not want to block off the space , just add the security feature. They also needed two handrails along the walls, one of which had a steep incline. Definitely a design challenge.

Goals

The goal was to add the safety railing and screen along with designing a piece with visual impact and beauty. Our clients were just launching a new line of echinacea based skin care products and wanted to incorporate these flowers into the scheme. In keeping with the traditional the house, I designed a very structured grid pattern. To this I added my stylized version of the echinacea flowers and leaves. I felt this added a touch of whimsy to the overall concept.

Process

The needs of our clients is the first consideration. Upon our initial meeting, I will go over what they are looking for while getting a sense of their personal taste and design style. I have added some photographs of my creative process. I make some basic sketches until one is approved. Then with the help of my husband and co-owner of BFD Firehouse Studios, Walter Kenul, we will measure, make templates and head to the studio.Walter helps me with all the engineering and installation of the work.

Additional Information

I only create very specific architectural projects. I consider myself a sculptor, therefore I only design railings, gates etc. with the concept of functional sculpture. Each project is totally unique and highly personalized for the client.