Stainless Steel Gate for Carnaby Street

A commission to make this interesting gate for a property in Carnaby Street in London. This contemporary design was influenced by the swinging 60’s heritage of this famous street.

We used fused 8mm float glass with a 2mm colour fuseable glass. The corners were machined prior to heating in a kiln to 840 degrees centigrade. Framed in stainless steel, the overall effect gives a light, bright colourful feel both day and night. A prestige public art commission for us.

Historically, Carnaby Street derives its name from Karnaby House, erected in 1683.  The street first appeared in the rate books in 1687, the street was almost completely built up by 1690 with small houses. A market was developed in the 1820s; in 1934, Amy Ashwood Garvey and Sam Manning opened the Florence Mills Social Club, a jazz club which became a gathering spot for supporters of Pan-Africanism. 1958 saw the first boutique, ‘His Clothes’, and this was soon followed by ‘I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet’, ‘Kleptomania’, ‘Mates’, ‘Ravel’, and others.

By the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of both the Mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques and designers such as Mary Quant, Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, Take Six, and Irvine Sellars were located in Carnaby Street as well as various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties in the surrounding streets. With bands such as Small Faces, The Who, and Rolling Stones appearing in the area to work, shop, and socialize, it became one of the coolest destinations in the 1960s.

In October 1973, the Greater London Council pedestrianised Carnaby Street.

Client: Single Point Management

Year: 2012

Material: Stainless Steel and Glass

Designer: Bethan Griffiths

Location: London