Brass has been in-and-out of fashion over the years. For awhile, it was only found in high end residences. As it became less expensive to manufacture, it ended up being a staple of base fixture packages in builder grade homes. That is usually a sign of the death of a design trend. If the masses can afford it, it is no longer “special.” People building custom homes, or remodeling their existing home, want something a little less ordinary.
Now, brass is making a big comeback in a new way, and Jonathan Adler uses a brushed brass finish – he calls it antiqued – to give a new look to pieces he originally designed in chrome. (As a reference point, you can see some photos already posted of those chrome pieces here.) There is a softness to the brushed finish that is quite beautiful. It completely changes the look of a fixture or piece of furniture.
|MEURICE CHANDELIER $750.00|
|VENTANA THREE TIER CHANDELIER $1395.00|
|WALNUT DESMOND SCREEN $1500.00
MEURICE SWING ARM WALL SCONCE $295.00
JERE RAIN DROPS MIRROR $1750.00
|CHANNING DESK $1750.00|
|MEURICE TABLE LAMP $325.00
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I love the way Jonathan is using brass. Putting a more traditional finish on contemporary piece completely changes the feel. The brushed brass really complements the woods he uses in his designs, giving them a softness that polished brass can not.
I think the desk is the best example of how much of an impact it can make. Compare it to the bright blue desk from my last post. At first glance, they look like totally different pieces. You can also see the chrome version of the Meurice Chandelier over the blue bed.
What do you think about the new way this old finish is being used? Would it find a place in your home’s