Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Copper Feel; TrendsIts Warm Burnished Tones Have Made It the Season's Hot Metal -- Bring on Beauty without Bling, Says Katie Law

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Copper Feel; TrendsIts Warm Burnished Tones Have Made It the Season's Hot Metal -- Bring on Beauty without Bling, Says Katie Law

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Byline: Katie Law

COPPER feels and looks fabulous -- and it's everywhere. From Tom Dixon's enormous burnished copper "ship's hull" reception at the new Mondrian hotel and David Linley's copper-andneoprene Silhouette chair, to Vera Wang's current collection, this glimmering, warm metal has become the design establishment's latest darling.

Just last month Dulux announced its new paint colour for 2015 as Copper Blush, while stores from high end to high street have gone copper crazy.

This Christmas Habitat is selling not just one but four copper trees and it has just redesigned its Klein candelabra with a copper finish.

"We're seeing a huge demand for everything copper from customers and since updating the Klein it's been our best-selling accessory," says PR manager Adam Crudgington.

Robert Falconer, home buyer for Selfridges, agrees. "Metallic finishes are a big trend with copper leading the way, in vases, candlesticks, furniture and even stationery," he says. The store's big bestseller, though, is Mauviel's copper saucepan range, which may be as much a reflection of our ongoing love affair with downstairs at Downton as our love of heavy metal. M&S has had to restock its no-tarnish, electroplated copper utensils. If only Mrs Patmore had known.

For designer Dixon who, as the original king of copper, has never been more in demand, it's all about the material. "Copper is alive and constantly changing, malleable, easy to work and patinates beautifully. We like to use it as a functional material for cookware, as a warm material to reflect the light of the harsher new LED lamps or as an architectural material that brings a sophisticated metallic highlight to our hotel, restaurant and bar designs.

"[In the Mondrian] we wanted to make a large and impactful statement from the outside, drawing people in and making a recognisable structure that every cabbie would recognise," he says. …

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