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D&AD, November 2013

This article was written 10 years ago.

Following the 2013 London Design Festival, I wrote a series of articles for the D&AD about the materials that seemed popular. This has since been turned into a feature section on their website called “Inspired by Materials.” This piece was about bronze, copper and brass aka ‘warm metallics’.

Tom Dixon has been using bronze, copper and brass since he launched his eponymous brand in 2002, but it seems the rest of the design world has taken a little while to catch on. Finally, these ‘warm metallics’ are everywhere. Bronze, copper and brass bring a touch of understated luxury to anything they touch. It might seem inappropriate in these austere times to appear too indulgent, but we all need a little bit of luxury, and that’s where these metal finishes come in. Warm metallics work particularly well with dark or neutral schemes where they can look quite Scandinavian, or combined with an industrial aesthetic to create a contrasting ‘rough luxe’ look.

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Katie Treggiden is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular — an international membership community and online learning platform for environmentally conscious designers, makers, artists and craftspeople.
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