Going for the Brass

Excerp from the article in the Wall Street Journal Off Duty Section Dated October 12-13, 2013 by David A. Keeps

From coffee tables to appliances, home design has been in the chilly grip of stainless steel and other silvery metals since the days of  ‘RoboCop.’ Now, the resurgence of a warm classic is making frigid finishes look passe.

In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver. Nor is it nickel, chrome or mirror-polished stainless steel, the similarly cool metal tones that have outsold other finishes on everything from faucets to furniture for decades. Brass, last in vogue in the ’70’s, has been moving in from the margins, showing up on a pendant light here, a table leg there-exuding a certain cocky, outsider glamour.  In recent years, it’s started to make silver tones look, all too accurately, commonplace.  And now, no mental is hining more compellingly: Brass is conclusively back.

Though copper and bronze, its pricier cousins, are also looking newly desirable, brass-a poorman’s-gold alloy of copper and zinc typically relagated to plumbing, tubas and Olde English doorknockers-has gained the strongest following.