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:

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Image source Left:  Catherine Kwong Design  Top right: Ardent & Pyke Architects. Bottom right: via Casavogue

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Image source Left: Glossy Black & Gold Plated brass Ike suspension ceiling pendant by Delightfull Right: Stanley Brass Pendants from Dunlin

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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

 

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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.

 

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Image source Left: Pohio Adams Architects, Photographer: Christopher Adams Right: via Stadshem

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Image source Left: Pohio Adams Architects, Photographer: Christopher Adams. Right source: Design Lovers Blog. Bathroom faucets by Waterworks seen at San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

 

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Image source Left: Billy desk lamp from Delightfull Right: Vintage brass chair via Catherine Kwong Design

 

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Image source Left: Charles suspension chandelier and Coltrane suspension ceiling pendant by Delightfull. Right: Photography Eric Piasecki via Elle Decor

 

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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.

Need more brass inspiration? See our Brass: Lust List, check out the fabulous warehouse apartment of Fiona Leahy or follow us on Pinterest or Instagram.

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Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.
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13 Responses to “Brass Revival – Modern Interiors”
  1. I like brass but I am certainly not a great fan. Well, I have to confess that with this post, you have used it fantastically. It just looks flawless, elegant, classy and above all, it beautifully gels with the setting. I just LOVED that brass lighting, amazing show! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Jill says:

      Thanks Alexa – Glad you like it. We are loving all the amazing brass chandeliers we are seeing right now. Stay tuned on our blog – we will be posting our favorite brass items next.

  2. Inspiring! I’m enjoying the new generation of brass, and some of the old grooviest of brass as well.
    You’ve compiled a great selection in this post that should sway any non-brass-lover to re-consider.
    I personally love the lighting, stair rail, beautiful bathroom fixtures, and that great coffee table.

    • Jill says:

      Thanks Laurie. We are glad you found the images inspiring. During the past 5 – 10 years it was hard to imagine there would be any other popular metallic for modern home accents other than chrome, steel, aluminum. Loving how the past always reinvents itself and how it is all about the mix now – the old with the new.

  3. patricktanp21@gmail.com' Patrick says:

    The brass totally contributes a plush look to the room!
    Patrick Tan

  4. thompsonjanifer@gmail.com' Janifer says:

    I have never thought that brass design could be so much amazing.

  5. sooo beautiful lightings..

  6. I’ve noticed the subtle change toward brass fixtures in the home! I think that different metals will give a room a different feel, even if it’s something as simple as your lamp holder.

    • Thanks for your comment Alana. Yes there is no doubt that the warm metals are the heroes of the design industry right now and even the smallest touches of brass or copper can really lift an entire design scheme.

  7. christina@kingdomindustry.com' Christina says:

    Hi Jill! Any idea who the designer is of the sink fixtures in the Pohio Adams Architects photo? I would love to specify those for a client. Thanks!

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