METAL AS ANYTHING

From industrial chic to shiny luxe, metals are having quite an interior moment. With so many ways to incorporate, style and mix the material, there’s no sign of this illustrious trend disappearing from design any time soon.

Don’t be put off by the stark and cold elements normally associated with industrial-style interiors. Metals can bring an elegance and sophistication into your home, and warmer tones such as brass, rose gold and - of course - our favourite copper can add warmth to any room.

Cooler metals such as steel and chrome can be paired with deep colours and rich, luxurious fabrics to balance two contrasting styles. Soft furnishings and added details can likewise counteract the starkness common to more industrial shades of metal, and rounded shapes can soften an otherwise sharp edge. For a distinct and eclectic look, different metals can be mixed and layered in the same room to make a home feel unique.

Here are four ways to incorporate the trend into your home:

IN ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL

A metal balustrade can transform a typically functional element of your home into a piece of art unto itself.

For our Hunters Hill House project, we incorporated a gold handrail and balustrade to create a beautiful feature that frames the home. The gold tone perfectly captures the light, brightening the space whilst adding a touch of luxury.

IN JOINERY

For a more subtle nod to the metallic trend, metal can be used in joinery to bring a beautiful accent to woodwork.

Gold or brass can add a pleasing contrast to woodwork, whether that be inlayed, as handles, trims, shelves or a decorative feature. Subtle, yet eye-catching, and ultimately luxe.

IN ACCESSORIES AND FURNITURE

Metal accessories and furniture bring a bright and bold accent to any room, and can be cleverly used to play with the surrounding light, making the material a perfect antidote to dark rooms.

Gold-legged stools, brass pots and picture frames create a sense of timeless chic, especially in combination with contrasting fabrics and colours.

Lighting lends itself well to the metal trend. Warm bulbs cast a soft light that, when paired with cooler metals such as iron, brings a high-end finish to a room.

Brass and copper look at home paired with wood bring warmth to cooler textures, such as the concrete-clad walls in our Mosman House project. Sculptural forms can provide focal points, framing areas such as dining settings and hallways.

In an all-white bathroom, metal detailing adds an elegant finesse, as seen in our Victoria Street project.

IN TAPWARE

Metal in tapware has become increasingly popular and, as a result, is now a lot of fun with dozens of different metal finishes. A brushed gold finish is an understated alternative to high-shine gold. A muted gold trim stands out as a feature in our Raglan Street project (stay tuned for the full project album reveal!)

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

‘MAISON&OBJET’ 2014 PARIS

In September the weather begins to cool down in France when Autumn is just around the corner, and Paris is getting back into the swing of business after the long Summer break.

It makes perfect timing for Maison&Objet, the major bi-annual French trade fair for interior designers, as the design industry turns over a new leaf or two of it's own . . .

More than 3,000 exhibitor stands of international brands and talent span over 130,000 square meters, showcasing their newest innovative products which they hope will become the latest global trend. We noticed a strong presence of wood, copper, colourful glass vessels, minimalist design and elegant shapes . . . just a few of our favourite things at AKD.

Here is our selection of 'coups de coeur . . .'

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen     'Edge  ’    cushion, 'Era   ’    armchair,    ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen
'Edge cushion, 'Era armchair, ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction    ‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction
‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

Revisiting the classics by &tradition    Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Revisiting the classics by &tradition
Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design    Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design
Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Just because we love metallics . . .    New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Just because we love metallics . . .
New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design     Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette   ’    by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design
Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten    Available in various shapes and colour combinations

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten
Available in various shapes and colour combinations

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU    Side table ‘Yeh Wall’       Image 1 via  Coté Maison  / Image 2   via     Coté Maison   / Image 3   via     AD Magazine   / Image 4   via     AD Magazine   / Image 5   via     AD Magazine   / Image 6   via     Coté Maison   / Image 7   via     Coté Maison   / Image 8   via     AD Magazine

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU
Side table ‘Yeh Wall’

 

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