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