Undoubtedly THE material of the moment – Copper made a big return during¬†London Design Festival¬†& here are our Top 1- contenders!
Whether inspired by the 204 copper petals on the¬†Thomas Heatherwick¬†designed Olympic Cauldron¬†, the promise of the metal’s unique patina attained over years of use, or an escalating street value, copper is enjoying a distinct resurgence.
Lex Pott¬†has been reducing copper and other raw materials to their purest form since 2009, when he graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven. The former Hella Jongerius intern plays with the medium at serious scientific levels, which is best seen in his 2010 series “True Colours,” a striking study on copper now selling from London’s premiere design shop¬†Mint.
Channeling traditional pans for making jam,¬†Pauline Deltour‘s embossed copper Roul√© tray is a significantly more shallow version with the same exaggerated rolled edge. For its display at the Wonder Cabinets of Curiosity show at the¬†Brompton Design District¬†the Parisian designer highlights copper’s natural beauty by aligning it with other media in a tangible color spectrum, to reveal “surfaces and reliefs, finishing and reflections, transparency or density.”
Jennifer Chan‘s fixtures replace the prevalent Plumen bulb in favor of an even more energy-efficient lighting source‚Äîthe candle. The RCA grad creates thoughtful objects that physically reflect daily life rituals, such as turning on a light. Chan’s Copper Candle was a natural fit for¬†A Place To Gather, an exhibit curated by Irish Craft and Design.
Japanese designer¬†Tatsuya Akita¬†investigates what he calls “scars of production” in a range of concrete desktop items, including a copper tape dispenser. On display at¬†Designjunction, the mundane office supply gets a subtle touch of peach shine while carrying a deeper meaning‚Äî Akita explains that the dispenser provides an “ongoing look at the unintended marks a manufacturing process leaves behind.”
Also spotted at¬†A Place To Gather¬†were¬†Clancy Moore Architects‘¬†Strand Lamps, which are inspired and crafted by metalworkers from Portadown, Ireland. The lamp‚Äîcreated as both a floor and table design‚Äîflows seamlessly with a room’s decor while making a statement with its robust form.
Everything seemed to come up copper for Tom Dixon in 2012, and his shop at The Dock is brimming with fine metallic taste. Since launching his Copper Shade in 2005‚Äîa fixture made by “exploding a thin layer of pure metal onto the internal surface of a polycarbonate globe”‚ÄîDixon has continued to add an element of copper to his lighting collection each year, but his newly launched set of objects, “Eclectic by Tom Dixon,” marks a different direction for the designer. In it you’ll find everything from candles to a classic English Gentleman’s brogue coated in copper, for an effect that’s as elegant as it is entertaining.
As part of the¬†Shoreditch Design Triangle,¬†Tord Boontje‘s recently opened shop is also home to an exclusive new lighting series by the Dutch designer. The curious collection of luminaries, called “Lightweight,” offers a primitive take on the standard lamp with a Flintstones-like aesthetic. The copper baskets hold rocks that actually function to suspend the lamp.
At¬†100% Norway, the Oslo-based foursome¬†Strek Collective¬†gave the medium the royal treatment with Copper 58‚Äîa series of five circular wares including a sophisticated serving platter, tall candle holders and small candy dishes. Each piece is water-cut, with the crown-like copper walls silver-soldered to the base for a seamless construction.
The Santiago studio,¬†Bravo, brought a little bit of home to¬†Tent London¬†with their collection of “essential containers” called La Familia. The airtight vessels are made from local Patagonian wood and copper,handsomely marrying traditional Chilean carpentry techniques with contemporary style.