Taking cues from one of the most influential eras of design history, the opulence and gilded glamour of the 1920s is inspiring us to mix our metals. We must admit though, America’s interior design golden girl Kelly Wearstler may have something to do with our recent heavy metal obsession too.
Cool and classic metallic tones (such as silver, nickel and steel) bring a clean, modern aesthetic and warmer tones (like brass, rose gold and bronze) add a certain rawness by developing their own patina over time. Mix the two together and you’ve got yourself a daring and unique look that’s modern with a touch of glamour, minimalist with a touch of inviting warmth and an overall undeniable elegance. One look at Architect Prineas’s Finger Wharf Apartment is all the creative encouragement we need. Based on a monochromatic palette, they have beautifully fused metallic elements with soft textures and balancing shapes to create a refined and alluring aesthetic. Below is our curated roundup of all things luminous and shiny for the home.
Bump (available at Living Edge) is a collection of cabinets in galvanized steel and marble. The brainchild of designers Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus for famed Parisian based La Chance, Bump explores the unpredictability and richness of marble against an industrial material and process.
True Colour Vases
Mixing metallics can be a fine balance which is why it’s good to start small. Test the waters with one (or all) of the True Colour Vases by &Tradition. Each of the seven vessels is made from different oxidised metals; copper, steel, brass, and aluminium and features a contrasting and highly polished segment.
Oh, the beauty of contrast. The Bell Table by Sebastian Herkner uses the lightweight, fragile material of glass as a base for the metal top that seemingly floats above it. Our favourite version? The copper top and quartz grey glass combo.
Aluminium Surface Sconce
The Surface Sconce by Australian designer Henry Wilson is an ambient, sculptural light cast in two halves from solid gunmetal. The casting is ‘rumble finished’ giving it a smooth but beaten texture. A truly timeless piece.
Combining waxed brass over steel, the Candle Blocks by Apparatus are inspired by precision studio tools. Each is a triangular form with interlocking teeth that allow the creation of modular arrangements. A glowing tribute to both the past and the present.
Bethan Laura Wood
While not technically made from metals, this Super Fake rug collaboration by British designer Bethan Laura Wood with cc-tapis for Milan Design Week prove she’s one to watch. As seen in these faux iridescent rugs resembling metal shards, Wood’s work is characterised by material investigation and a passion for colour and detail.