Blackened Steel

Blackened steel is a finish which brings a striking and unique feel to any space.

“Give them any colour they want – as long as it is black” – Henry Ford.

With a wide range of interior uses and its natural variations, blackened steel is a finish which brings a striking and unique feel to any space. It has a wide range of uses — benchtops (for hospitality fitouts only), hanging gantries, joinery frames, internal steel door frames and jambs, joinery trims, decorative wall and door cladding, amongst many other applications, with the only caveat being that the finish is not recommended for exterior use. For Formanova blackened steel isn’t just a matter of dipping material into a blackening solution and hoping for the best – it’s an opportunity to take a basic raw material and turn it into something truly unique for each of our clients.


Custom metalwork & finishing tailored to the needs of your project


Through an in-depth discussion, we determine the exact specifications of the project and understand the client’s needs and use-case, allowing us to provide a functional solution that considers and reflects the original design intent.

Drafting & Prototyping

Working from the architectural drawings or conceptual renders, we use shop drawings & workshops to make drafts that reflect the brief and meet compliance. We then create prototypes or samples to be reviewed by the builder, designer, or client, exploring every option to meet both budget and design intent.

Fabrication & Finishing

Working out of our local Cheltenham factory and with over 30 years of industry know-how, Formanova uses specialised equipment, materials and in-house techniques to manufacture award-winning metalwork for our amazing clients, whilst at the same time being able to create one-of-kind custom finishes for clients and designers who are looking for that unique touch.

Quality Control

Not every item that is fabricated makes it into the end product. Finishing isn’t an exact science, and we have extremely high standards to maintain a consistent level of quality across every touchpoint that we create for a project — whether it’s for a nationwide retail fit out or residential interior.


All Formanova products are designed to be as convenient as flat-pack furniture, meaning our clients’ trades can easily install them on site without needing contact or call-outs from us. This allows our clients to maintain timelines and budgets across the rest of their project. Once the deliverables are handed over, it’s onto the next brief.


Yorkshire St

This project entailed crafting and installing a 12mm steel plate balustrade to a newly-built concrete staircase.


Prince Public Bar & Little Prince Wine Room

St Kilda’s Prince Of Wales hotel has been a southside icon for over eight decades. In 2020, the Public Bar and Little Prince Wine areas of this historic venue underwent a major internal facelift.


Interface Alfred

Architects EAT tasked us with fabricating a staircase & cladding from scratch. The challenge? Going 3 floors up in a 20 sqm space…around a glass lift shaft…inside a heritage bluestone building.