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Brass Appeal: Why brass is back as the must-have metal

Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the past year, you will have noticed how brass is back. Designers everywhere are turning to the newly modish metal, using it to create tableware, lighting and furniture for retailers and collectors alike.

Take Lebanese designer Karen Chekerdjian who has been working with brass for 20 years. She uses it to make large scale, limited edition pieces such as the Platform B coffee table, and small everyday beakers and dishes. For her, it’s a material with no limitations:

Fellow Lebanese architects 200Grs Studio, opted for brass as the material of choice on its new series of 182g coffee tables that have elegant zigzagged tops and are currently on show at Beirut’s Carwan Gallery:

Hassan Abdullah, co-founder and creative director of L3G, the interior-design arm of Les Trois Garcons explains ‘Brass Appeal’: “It warms things up.”

It also adds a luxe element popular with the creators of limited edition works. British designer Bethan Gray added brass detailing to her new Boutique Collection Stud and Lamp tables. Grey has a passion for ancient Islamic arts, and was inspired by the studwork found on Asian and Arabic doors:

For jeweller turned furniture designer Lara Bohinc, brass was the obvious choice for her collection of vessels for venerable Swedish brand Skultuna ( In recent years the 400-year- old firm has called on Scandinavia’s finest to experiment in brass in particular. Last year, Israel-based designer Alex Meitlis created a contemporary line for local silversmiths Hazorfim that resulted in a series of bowls and dishes in brass and Corian:  

 Nothing provides an instant update faster than a brass trim here, or a brass tack there, so when Anglepoise recently launched the Original1227™ Brass Collection – its classic table, wall and pendant light with brass springs and detailing, it stepped right into the zeitgeist: 

Karen Chekerdjian photos: Nadim Asfar

Words: Emma O'Kelly


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