Recently completed in a South Philadelphia residence by g_space design studios are these contemporary southwest style railings.
The railings are simple, clean lined 1/2″ rounds with flat bar top rail / handrail. The newel post ends and transitions are heat forged steel bars formed into a big graceful compound curve that softens the whole design and is nice to the touch as one descends the stair.
Although contemporary in detail, these railings echo a southwestern wrought iron tradition. The challenge here was to mount all the verticals directly to the floor surface and with the older floors and stair stringers not in perfect level, the the verticals all had to be cut individually (no mass production here)
The steel is lightly brushed leaving most of the mill finish, then stained with gun blue and coated with clear satin polyurethane. This minimal finish gives the metal a natural feel while preventing oxidation.
This project also provides a ships ladder stair to the roof. The star landing is supported integrally by the railing with 1″ diameter round rod. The stall is constructed with 2×8 treads, dimensional framing lumber (to be painted) and reclaimed timbers.