Today’s post was written by Sian Edwards, She’s Unique.
The evolution of mixing metals throughout home, gifts, jewellery and accessories has become a sophisticated skill and will most certainly continue to be so throughout 2018. From chic oxidized copper artwork and deliberately visible raw brass piping, to unique hand-soldered jewellery, the mixed metals trend is even beginning to work its way into alternative material mixing concepts. Metal and wood. Metal and marble. Metal and Slate.
But why is this even a trend? Why are ‘grandma-style’ old brass cooking pots back on the ‘must have’ lists at home stores? Regardless of the product, I think this trend’s success comes down to two huge aspects.
First, when it comes to working with metal there is a renewed appreciation for the ‘blood, sweat and tears’ that a craftsman must give in order to create – be it metal home fixtures, furniture and or jewelry. To that end, when we see or feel metal, it can be a hugely sentimental experience and reminiscent of a time period where if ‘something ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. In a time where life is moving so fast, metals remind us of an age when things were slower, sturdier and more grounded.
Second, I feel the use of metal connects the concepts of age artisan craft techniques, with modern product design almost effortlessly; any combination of wood, slate and or marble with metal often results in a clean, raw and organic look. You might not think of mixing metals for your new interior design project or fashion update, and yet with the right know how they can be complimentary and a bold statement.
So, does that mean silver and gold can be friends? Yup – they sure can!
Last year we saw the complex use of brass, rose gold, copper and brushed metals make their way into statement jewellery pieces. If you want to start developing your mixed metal looks, come and see our delicate range of handcrafted Colleen Mauer designs. Based in the Mission District of San Francisco, Colleen Mauer uses ‘texture, colour and tones’ as her inspiration for creating timeless pieces of jewellery that can be worn everyday casually or on special occasions to add that ‘je ne sais quoi’ to an outfit.