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A touch of brass: All that glitters, isn't gold in mid-century design.

Updated: Apr 9



Bold as brass....

It may be favoured by the likes of Pat Butcher but let’s be honest, when it comes to interior design brass isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Nonetheless it remains popular, is both enduring and durable and can be used to warm up a room and make it glow.


Brass Tacks

  • #Brass used appropriately can be used to warm a room.

  • It doesn’t rust.

  • These days brass doesn’t need much elbow grease. Modern brass is given a protective lacquer coat to protect it reducing the need to polish.

  • A signature brass or sculptural piece with clean lines can create a focal point.

  • It’s a fine line between a touch of class and a too much brass. Too much can overpower a room.

Traditionally the use of brass in #interiordesign was limited to fixtures and fittings, sofa legs, wood-inlays and the occasional pair of candlesticks.


But from the mid 1950’s it grew in popularity – particularly in mid-century Italy where designers such at #Tomasso Barbi, and #Willy Daro incorporated more brass into their furniture designs.


Italian Designer #Luciano Frigerio took brass to another level (perhaps because of his passion for Jazz Music). He was known for creating larger sleek and signature metal pieces - Bedframes, mirrors and side tables - which were often fashioned or sculpted out from brass.


The popularity of brass in certain circles endures today and modern designers such as Thai artist #Aripat Chitapanya are unashamedly bold in their use of this metal.


Today we really want to blow our own trumpets and don’t mind being brazen about it. You can link to our collection of mid-century modern brass pieces here


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