ISSUE 6  |  Wire & Metallics

Palette & Paints: Brass Tones

February 05, 2008 1:27 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Is it possible brass is having a moment? Triggered by a brushed stainless/chrome fatigue? Here are some examples:

Above: An Ilse Crawford composition at the Grand Hotel Stockholm. Strangely, the brass pendant light and brass bin pulls work with the chrome faucet.

Above: The Unlaquered Solid Brass Bin Pull will age naturally; $4.49 at House of Antique Hardware. 

Above: A lyrical stair railing from the GL Strand Museum in Copenhagen; photo courtesy of Reference Library.

Above: Vervloet Collection contemporary Brass Door Lever from E. R. Butler.

Above: Designed by Alvar Aalto in 1939, the Golden Bell Pendant Lamp A330S was reintroduced in 2007 by Artek and is available in brass- or chrome-plated steel or white-painted steel (the inner surface is painted white); €210 at Artek. In the US, The Chrome A330S Pendant is $290 at Y Lighting, and the Brass A330S Pendant is $290 at Matter in Brooklyn.


Above: Pumpkin side table by Turkish firm Autoban.


Above: Brass Candlestick by Estrid Ericson; 15.5 inches tall, available at Just Scandinavian in New York.

Above: Calvin Klein has used items from the The Hook Lady in his photo shoots.

Above: Ilse Crawford used a suite of Ball Lights by Michael Anastassiades (available at Liberty of London) in her design for the Grand Hotel Stockholm dining room.

Above: We admire these simple brass reading lights designed by UK architect John Glew. The lights are manufactured by Ize in London; or fashion your own using parts from Grand Brass Lamp Parts, a Connecticut company that sells lighting and chandelier parts.