9 Beautiful Objects Crafted From Copper

9 Beautiful Objects Crafted From Copper

After seeing all the copper furniture makers cooked up at the New York and Milan furniture design shows, it became apparent that a new copper age is beginning in contemporary design objects. Why now?

Copper is one of the oldest metals to be used by man, first put into forms 10,000 years ago. But for the better part of the 2000s, minimalism and mid-century modern have been the go-to inspiration for designers everywhere. Teak, walnut, aluminium and stainless steel were the favourite materials of furniture makers, graphic artists, and industrial designers. Then, more recently, a grittier, darker, Americana-inspired industrial look caught on. Raw steel, unrefined stone, and unfinished wood started to overtake the clean lines and bright colours revered for so long. Thats’s where copper steps in. It fits a sleek, sophisticated modern home, or a rough and rugged factory loft. It’s equally at home next to a walnut desk or a cast aluminium chair.

The material is popping up in everywhere in furniture design. There are chairs, lamps, watches, tables, even sage burners equipped with the 29th element on the periodic table. Once relegated to piping hot water, delivering power and distributing heat in electronics, it’s nice to see copper get a moment in the spotlight.

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The best part about the Copper Lamp 10kg is not the weathered exterior or polished interior of the shade, but rather the fact that the base is cast from 10kg of solid copper that is meant to increase (or maybe decrease) in value over time with the copper market. Image: Tobias Sieber[clear]

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Even little pieces, like a vase, can incorporate something new to homes or workspaces without completely overwhelming the room and screaming “HEY, I’M A TREND JUNKIE.” Image: Minimalux [clear]

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Does anyone still use tape? Doesn’t matter. With a copper wheel serving as its focal point, just consider Tatsuya Akita’s tape dispenser to be the most stylish and functional paper weight ever created. Image: AT Studio [clear]

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