Continuing my look at new interiors trends, today it’s the turn of BRASS AND COPPER
With silver and chrome having reigned for so long in the home, it’s inevitable that another metal has begun to vie for attention. Enter the resurgence of brass and copper. Both metals have a warmness and a sculptural weight that appeal to modern-day homemakers and many designers have introduced collections that feature them.
New British lighting brand Bert Frank’s (bertfrank.co.uk) designs have a gorgeous, mid-century style, mixing a stylish aesthetic with functionality. Set to be iconic models are the debut designs – ‘Shear’ and ‘Riddle’ – which includes pendants, table lamps and wall lights, all available in a gleaming, hand-finished brass (from £175).
Lighting, such as polished pendants and angle-poise lamps, in copper are also a highlight at Heal’s (heals.co.uk). “Industrial lighting was a huge focus at the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year, with a slant towards rough, rustic materials being transformed into smooth modern pieces,” says Lucio Longoni, head of Lighting at Heal’s.
“Copper is central to this trend, and a statement piece such as the Heal’s Copper Job Light is ideal for setting a sleek-but-industrial mood in any interior.”
For even more of the wow-factor, try a statement piece of furniture moulded out of either copper or brass. Also available at Heal’s is the stunning Italian-made Cantori Urbino Copper Luxe Bedstead (from £3,856) and the Real Good Copper Chair (£299), sure to be a talking point. While at Nest, the Ginger & Jagger Embrace Side Tables (£563, nest.co.uk), which come in copper or brass, have an almost whimsical quality with their ‘twig-like’ feet.
Christian Hawley, managing director of Nest, cements the idea: “Copper is one of the most important materials in modern-day design. It can change to suit the needs of a room – it can be contemporary, classic or traditional. When used in lighting, it can also provide a cosy, soft glow.’
Designer du jour, Tom Dixon, has also embraced the use of the metals in many of his items (his lighting is also available at Nest). But most impressive of all is the new Mass collection, which includes a chunky bookshelf (£1,750), an over-scaled dining table (£7,000) and a heavyweight coat-stand (£1,500). As the investment pieces take on the marks of time, a natural patina will develop across their surface, much like the ageing of a prized bronze statue (tomdixon.net).