Brass Revival – Modern Interiors
Not since the height of the 70’s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating it’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories out of this ancient metal.
During the digital revolution of the 90’s homeowners were looking for space age, minimal, high tech environments and there was a strong emphasis on cool metallics like chrome and aluminum, however, now as we move further into the 2000’s people are finding a new found comfort in the past. Whether it be the handcrafted products or vintage pieces that we buy, we are enjoying products with a story, character, and a hand-wrought craftsmanship to them.
Relatively affordable, brass is the perfect metal for adding an element of luxury, timelessness and artisanship into 21st century interiors. Our favorite design schemes combine a mix of natural materials, clean modern lines and monochromatic color schemes enhanced with small injections of warm brass. Here are some modern interiors that are inspiring us:
Image source: Custom 9 globe branching bubble light from Lindsey Adelman lighting
“In a traditional setting, nothing authenticates a room like brass.” “It is the hallmark of a quality piece of furniture” said Atlanta-based designer Stan Topol. ” In more minimalist design schemes, brass adds romance. “There’s a history to brass that can feel unbelievably classic, like an old French hotel,” Michael S. Smith, a Los Angeles designer.
Whilst iconic designers like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Tom Dixon (who just expanded his range of brass products at ISaloni, Milan this year) have been embracing brass as a key component of their collections for some time, we are now seeing more and more designers across the globe incorporating brass products into their collections, indicating the revival of brass in interior design is only just beginning.
Brass is the perfect partner to other natural materials. We love these Ikea Ekby Lerberg shelf brackets spray painted in brass colored paint and supporting natural wood shelves; and the matt brass stair rail set against concrete stairs. Image source Left: Photo Corynne Pless via Houzz Right: via Forrest Glover Design
We love how Kelly Deck Design incorporated a patterned ceiling in this room to draw your attention to the dramatic Jonathan Adler ‘Sputnik’ brass chandelier. Image Source: Terris Lightfoot Contracting and Kelly Deck Design.
The peekaboo white and brass pendant shades add just the right amount of glamour to this light and airy modern kitchen. Image Source: Terris Lightfoot Contracting and Kelly Deck Design.
Original brass chairs from the 70’s like these above are a hot commodity. Image source: Designed by Windsor Smith Home. Image via Verandah Magazine.
How to create a 21st century living room. Mix a distressed rug, a velvet chair, crisp white walls and a brass light fixture for the perfect combination of modern, luxury with vintage twist. Hannah suspension brass light fixture by Delightfull
Vintage success – combine a 1970’s gilded brass and glass chandelier together with Pamplona chairs (1965) in rosewood and steel with a large abstract painting. Photography by Olivier Amsellem via Architectural Digest France. Designers Jacques Bec and Arthur Miranda.
We love when history repeats itself as each time it comes back even better. Beaten, folded or polished warm metallics like brass and copper are adding new dimension and character to our interiors.
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