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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