Aug 10, 2019 | By Luke Tebbutt
Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.
Feb 19, 2014
The most recent work of award-winning interior designer Katharine Pooley confirms copper as a strong ongoing material trend for interiors, employed as both a subtle detail and a statement design feature.
Known internationally for her high-quality interior design services, Katharine Pooley has recently been asked to use her expert eye in a residential project in central London, revolving around copper as the central thread because of the client’s strong love for the material.
The demand of this project was to use this multiform metal both for the focal points of the house and the details. An extremely versatile material, and accessible in various appearances such as its natural or post-oxidized state, copper can be worked into an endless variety of shapes serving many purposes.
Katharine decided to chemically heat-treat the copper used for the staircase and the fireplace of the apartment, bringing out the metal’s different color shades and alternating it with polished copper, showcasing its multiple capabilities. The designer then also chose polished copper for some fittings and pipings in the bathroom, giving the apartment a feeling of cohesion and balance thanks to the different elements. Lines are kept clean and minimal, and the sophisticated palette of navy blues, creamy neutrals and burnished orange elegantly completes the look and brings out the metal’s many shades.
Once again, the eclectic Katharine Pooley showed her deep and multifaceted knowledge of design fundamentals and reconfirmed the great qualities and functionalities of this resourceful on-trend material that adds instant warmth to interiors.
Copper has been on Stylesight’s radar for a while now, evolving through our interiors forecasts and as a great protagonist for trend alerts and material reports. Furthermore, trend analysis from the latest trade shows, such as January’s Maison & Objet, confirmed the presence of copper as an ongoing key material. The full reports can be viewed by subscribers on Stylesight.com. – Vittoria Toffoli
All images courtesy of Helen Edwards Public Relations
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