New ma­te­ri­als

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

Glass and brass abound, but some de­sign­ers are ex­plor­ing more in­ter­est­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. Rough-hewn crys­tal makes for an edgier al­ter­na­tive to a cut-glass drop, and other semi-pre­cious ma­te­ri­als such as onyx and al­abaster are a favourite in lux­ury in­te­ri­ors. “We use the most ex­cep­tional ma­te­ri­als, such as crys­tal, Mu­rano glass, al­abaster and pol­ished met­als,” says Fin­chat­ton de­signer Annabelle Holden. “These ma­te­ri­als are not only stun­ning to look at, they re­act with light in a way that cre­ates end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties,”

The wider Seven­ties in­flu­ence on in­te­ri­ors is also ex­press­ing it­self in the re­vived ma­te­ri­als used for light fit­tings. Macramé, bam­boo, rat­tan and shell are all back, with a hand­made look that cre­ates a laid-back bo­hemian at­mos­phere. These prod­ucts are usu­ally bud­get-friendly com­pared to the glitz of brass and glass.

Global: Kaia Light­ing’s Ora Chan­de­lier, left, costs £12,600; Madam Stoltz’s Sirocco grey macramé lamp­shade, far left, is £170

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