Iron. To me, the word sounds heavy, dark and cumbersome. Yet, used as a decorative feature, the product itself can be beautiful.
I have a particular penchant for iron architectural details, especially the iron staircases that hang so strikingly on the outside of buildings in Manhattan.
The dark iron contrasts against the more delicate brickwork, and shadows enhance the overall image.
And it’s not just New York that has these beautiful staircases. The following photos are from Manchester, England.