The Lustre of Brass

By Oliver Burns

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December 2, 2013|

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  • s the year draws to an end and I look back at the home decorating design trends that have made their mark in 2013, no metal is shining more brightly than brass going in 2014. For years cool metal tones have dominated interiors however this year brass has made an unforgettable come back during a period of nostalgia, bringing sophistication and a modern glamour to furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. With a more colourful past, there’s a history to brass that can feel unbelievably classic, evoking the pre-digital era of hand-wrought craftsmanship and a warm glow, speaking to a 21st-century desire for luxury, timelessness and artisanship. From Furniture to more decorative items here’s my brassy toned favourites that will complement the tonal neutrals we’ve seen this year and the pops of colour that accent them.
Image sourced via Brabbu

Upholstered in velvet and with a vintage brass base, the SAARI sofa from Brabbu will awaken feelings, sensations and thoughts, lost a long time ago and bring comfort and elegance to every living room.

Image sourced via Lee Broom

In his four-piece ‘Parq Life’ collection, Lee Broom transforms the time-old technique of parquetry flooring using a herringbone lay into a splendid modern-day collection with complementing brass accents. Designed in 2011 they are still an on-trend addition to any room 2 years on.

Image sourced via Jonathan Adler

The new Ingmar Chair by Jonathan Adler is cleverly tailored, featuring sculpted arm rests, natural linen sides and back, an exposed brass frame and a shearling-lined seat for everyday luxe.

Images sourced via Eclectic Trends (left) & Kelly Wearstler (right)

Kelly Wearstler’s Classic Bronze Leg sculptures are so timeless and unexpected. They’re a great way to add an air of playful sophistication to a space.

Image sourced via Bert Frank

The Revolve Table Lamp by British lighting brand Bert Frank, who launched their beautiful range earlier this year, comes in Petrol Blue, Black or Old English White. Designed to oppose the throw away culture we live in today all their pieces are built to last and age with you to become a treasured piece in your home. The brass will soften and darken and any knocks or scratches it may pick up over the years will add to its story. I love the on/off pull chain that gives this piece a classic twist.

Image sourced via Buster + Punch

Buster and Punch elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary with the ‘Wingback Remix’ chair. One side of the chair’s elegant wing sits a solid shard of satin brass, which supports a knurled brass reading light.

With the addition of brass, the individual style and craftsmanship of these pieces embraces a customised aesthetic that marries past, present and future in a unique way.

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