Chrome

The clas­sic, gleam­ing sur­face is back in the lime­light this year

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This clas­sic, gleam­ing sur­face is back in the lime­light this year

In re­cent years many metal­lic fin­ishes have cap­tured the zeit­geist. Cop­per has coated ev­ery­thing from light­ing and ac­ces­sories to fur­ni­ture, and we’ve since moved through golds – both brushed and high-shine – which brought a soft sense of lux­ury into the home, pair­ing beau­ti­fully with vel­vet up­hol­stery and gen­tle neu­trals. Now, it’s the turn of chrome to shine, speak­ing, as it does, to the re­cent re­vival of the 1970s in­te­ri­ors in which it fea­tured heav­ily.

‘Chrome has a kind of magic liq­uid­ity,’ says Lu­dovic Aublanc, cre­ative di­rec­tor at fur­ni­ture re­tailer Chap­lins. ‘There’s some­thing ir­re­sistible about it – it of­fers a very pure kind of de­sign lan­guage. Our clients are rein­vest­ing in the clas­sics that fea­ture this fin­ish – think Le Cor­bus­ier’s iconic “LC” se­ries for Cassina, the “Plat­ner” and “Barcelona” col­lec­tions from Knoll or Gubi’s stun­ning “Multi-lite” by Louis Weis­dorf (pic­tured).’ Kate But­ler, head of prod­uct de­sign at Habi­tat, agrees: ‘Chrome is cooler and sharper than the brass and gold ac­cents of re­cent sea­sons. It’s a con­tem­po­rary pro­gres­sion for in­te­ri­ors, mov­ing to­wards a sleeker aes­thetic. Style it with warm colours, rich wal­nut, or pale oak and ash for an el­e­gant, con­fi­dent look.’

‘CHROME HAS A KIND OF MAGIC LIQ­UID­ITY. IT OF­FERS A VERY PURE DE­SIGN LAN­GUAGE’

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