Since the 1930s improvements made to the metal framework's finishes have given new life to these window systems. Virtually unlimited color choices enable designers to create inspired window walls.
A hallmark of these glazing systems is the minimal amount of framing material needed for structural integrity. Wood frames for glass doors must be considerably larger, adding a lot of visual weight to the door. Steel frames can be very light and thin due to the strength of the material.
The thinness of these steel frames allows them to become mere two-dimensional grids, almost painterly in effect. The view out becomes flattened, not unlike some modern paintings, such as those of Mondrian.
Rather than a large beam or header supporting the door, all that's needed is a pencil line of steel.
Like in some of the great 19th- and early-20th-century factories, warehouses and other industrial buildings, these steel-framed glazing systems can impart an industrial aesthetic when employed from floor to ceiling and corner to corner.
While these systems have their roots in the industrial age and really do have that industrial aesthetic, they can be used with a traditional-style home. In fact, like a yin and yang approach, these steel-framed glazing systems can enrich a traditional interior.