Let’s rewind. Briefly. Wood has always been at the heart of furniture making. We know tree stumps were the Prehistoric version of a dining table and chairs, and as the centuries ticked by, wood stood its ground firmly. Metal on the other hand was a bit of a newcomer. The Ancient Egyptians dabbled with decadent metals, but for ornamentation and nothing more. Later, in Ancient Rome, they started to experiment a little more and began to mix wood, metal and stone, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that steel began to make strides. Marcel Breuer (the Bauhaus furniture designer and architect) had started to play with tubular steel. He was struck by the strength and lightweight nature of a bicycle’s handlebars. It was his early work, amongst other designs of the era, that began to pave the way for steel to shine. Now fast-forward a little. 1950s furniture was using aluminium, wire mesh and skinny steel rods to give mid-century design its airy aesthetic. It became official. Steel was here to stay.