Trendwatch: Brass

If the mention of brass makes you think of old fireguards and country cottages filled with horse brasses, think again. Product and interior designers are currently having a bit of a love affair with brass. It's not difficult to see why.

Where gold is ostentatious and showy (with its associations with wag's handbags and dictator's bathrooms) brass is solid, reassuring and enduring. It adds warm tones to an interior without feeling too bling and also acts as a way of incorporating a slight heritage feel into a design scheme.

It works perfectly with mid-century modern style like the above interiors at the New Hotel Athens. Originally built in 1958 by Iasonas Rizos the modernist architecture of the outside is matched by a blend of art and sculpture on the inside. It was recently redesigned by award-winning design duo the Campana brothers and the bathrooms now feature faceted solid brass washbasins.

I love the brass detailing on these Raft oak stools iconby Norm Architects and these table lamps by Minimalux and the warmth and solidity of these brass bowls by Venetian designer Luca Nichetto and candlesticks by Swedish design studio Folkform for Whyred (below).

Or how about the sleek minimalism of this ballpoint pen (also by Minimalux)?

My favourite 20th century antique dealers Fears & Kahn also currently have a fabulous selection of brass decorative objects and furniture with brass detaling. Here are a few that caught my eye...

If all of the above have failed to tempt you to consider your own love affair with brass here's my last word on the matter....