Metallic applications in design have experienced an uptick in popularity these last few years. This is a good thing, considering how industrial warehouse has become the default look for many coffee shops, boutiques and eateries throughout the U.S.
So, what is the antidote for 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 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 always exists for metallics to be overdone, 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 yet conveys an atmosphere of sophistication without taking itself too seriously — something that’s never as easy as it looks.
Handmade Metallic Wallcoverings
This metallic wall covering by Maya Romanoff anchors this tabletop arrangement beautifully, though it’s unlikely the reason it was chosen for the room.
Metallic-glazed wall tiles
Metallic-glazed wall tiles so popular now 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, the metallic mesh used below as an interior hanging divider, hints at other possible applications.
There you have it — innovation, elegance, technology, all delivered via the new metallics. A modern, equal and opposite reaction to rusty, rough and splintered.