Metallic applications for design have seen an uptick in popularity these last couple years. This can be good, considering how industrial rustic has become the default look for many coffee shops, boutiques and eateries throughout the U.S.
So, what is the antidote for the rustic retro overload?
Newton’s third law of physics, of course: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Except, the reaction to rough-hewn isn’t necessarily starchy formality. When the pendulum needs to swing in the opposite direction, it’s innovation and technology that can save the day.
Enter, the new metallic surfaces and products, with their modern, artisan fabrications and surprising applications. While the chance metallic can also be overdone as well, its inherent boldness tends to keep most practitioners in check.
The wall treatment below was created by Based Upon, a studio of artists in London who specialize in hand-made, textural material surfaces, custom furniture and artwork.
This arrangement of grilles casually resting against a restaurant wall is unexpected and conveys an atmosphere of sophistication without taking itself too seriously — a feat that’s never as easy as it looks.
Handmade Metallic Wallcoverings
This metallic wall covering by Maya Romanoff anchors this tabletop arrangement, though it’s not likely the reason it was chosen for the room.
Metallic-glazed wall tiles
Metallic -glazed wall tiles are available in a variety of finishes including mercury glass.
Copper-clad light fixtures
The rose-gold / copper trend has taken off and its momentum shows no signs of slowing down as of this writing.
This architectural mesh, by Haver and Boecker, is custom manufactured for each project. The mesh is most often used in stainless steel, but is available in other metallic finishes, such as bronze, copper and brass.
Although typically used on building exteriors, metallic mesh, as seen in this interior hanging divider below, hints at other possibilities.
There you have it — innovation, elegance, technology, all delivered via the new metallics. A modern, equal and opposite reaction to dusty, rough and splintered.