Understated yet beautifully elegant, the latest metallic designs offer a modern take on classic glamour.
Showcasing the new luxe aesthetic, this sleek
table lamp teams artisanal craft with a faultless finish.
Aballs M table lamp, £735, Jaime Hayon for Parachilna at Monologue. Marble tray, £135, Not Another Bill. Marble container, £59, Fiammetta V at The Conran Shop; and Roman bust, £16, both in the tray, Modern Souvenir. Leaning Tower of Pisa model, £8.99, gifts.co.uk. Pencil artist’s roll, £55, Not Another Bill.
Metal and marble always make a winning combination – give the look a twist with an unusual riff on cubist style.
Hana bookcase, £975, Graham and Green. Fornasetti wall plates, £130 each, Liberty. Proportions of Man bookend, on first shelf, £40 for two; Roman bust, £16; Night and Day plaque, on third shelf, £30 for two; and Classical bust, on the mantel, £44, all Modern Souvenir. Kora vases, from £161 each, Studiopepe for Atipico at Aram Store. Future Hope by Doug Chinnery framed print, £171.53, King & McGaw. Soap pouffe, £489, Calligaris. Plush rug, £60, Next Home.
With its chic brass trim and fluted upholstery, this sophisticated sofa has a Fifties Hollywood feel.
Dante sofa, £2,099, M&S. Raman cushion, £122, Missoni Home at Amara. Pouffe, £830, Lema. Tabriz Canal Ariel rug, £19,850, Erased Heritage collection by Jan Kath for Front. My Dear side table, £742, Rémi Bouhaniche for Ligne Roset. Table lamp, £768, Esther Patterson for Curiousa & Curiousa. Jacques étagères, £2,400 each, Jonathan Adler. Vintage mid-century glassware, from £40 per piece, Retropolitan. Peace Hand ornament, £15, Rockett St George. Kins pendant, £375, Bert Frank.
A matt finish gives cutlery its contemporary edge –
pair with hexagonal tableware to create a hip setting.
Newberg cutlery, £119 for a 16-piece set, Made.com. Apsley candleholder, £12,
The White Company. Hexagonal chopping board, £49.50; and brass flowerpot, £29, Holly’s House. Triangle trivet, £59, The Conran Shop. Gilded Muse espresso saucer, £70 for two cups and two saucers, Wedgwood. Linen napkins, £27 for two, Once Milano. Mini cars, £9 each, Another Studio. Fera console table, £499, Content by Terence Conran. Palazzo Caprini by Antonia Lafrey canvases, from £155 each, V&A collection at
Darker metals also make their mark – powder-coated steel shows off lush green velvet to perfection.
Beetle dining chairs, £758 each, GamFratesi for Gubi at The Conran Shop. Slab lacquered-oak dining table, £1,600, Tom Dixon at Heal’s. Serve platter, £70, LSA International. Nordal marble chips tray, £45; and Leonardo Sora water glass, £5, Amara. Roman Column candleholders, £24 each, Rockett St George. Orbit floor lamp, £3,240, Porta Romana. Palazzo Caprini by Antonia Lafrey canvases, from £155 each, V&A collection at
Surface View. Bernini foot, £80, Nicholas H Wood at Etsy.
To give it a mottled effect, this handsome console table is finished in textured and pitted brass. Very suave…
Liberty console table, £2,691, Julian Chichester. Orbit mirror, £1,875, Studio Peascod. Model Ferrari, £92, Pavilion Broadway. Burlington backpack, £995, Smythson. Shirt, on the banister, £169, Toast.
Add a sculptural-shaped seat to tubular-steel legs and the result is an iconic piece of mid-century furniture.
Burgaz chair, £1,352, Sadi and Neptun Ozis for Walter Knoll at Aram Store. Xavier desk, £7,780, Birgit Israel. Folkform bookends, £110 each, Skultuna at Amara.
La Conica espresso maker, £180, Aldo Rossi for Alessi. Malachite espresso cup and saucer, £70, L’Objet at Amara. Aragon rug, £765, Linie Designs at Woven.
Whether banded around chic seating or bent into an elegant mirror, brass can be worked in fabulous ways…
Jet Set bench, £1,550 (plus 2.5m of fabric), Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Folding screen, £3,316, Eileen Gray for Aram Designs at Aram Store. Top Brass mirror, £345, Loaf. Aston pendants, £60 each, House Curious. Clothes hangers, £15 each (including wall hooks), Rockett St George. Fox-fur scarf, £1,185, Lilly E Violetta at Harvey Nichols. Velvet skirt, £139, Toast. Shoes, from left to right, Who Dances boots, £995; Marchavekel heels, £785; and Estradouche heels, £645, all Christian Louboutin. Mary Madonna statue, £99, Rockett St George.
Punchy pops of brass will pep up any bedroom scheme, especially one with such a cool, curvaceous centrepiece.
Kelly bed, £9,133, Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform. Bed linen, from £48 for a pillowcase, Larusi. Velvet cushion, £65, Kirsten Hecktermann. Marmori cushion, £95, Black Edition by Romo. Monica Vitti smoking framed print, from £190, Getty Images at 55 MAX. Aston pendant, as before. Beaton side table, £1,517, Julian Chichester. Vintage scent bottle, £850, Talisman. Basket, £39 for two, Rockett St George. Faux-rubber plant, from £60, House Curious. Deco Diamond Light rug, £985 per sq m, Tim Gosling for The Rug Company. Footstool, £715, Lema.
Photography ⁄ James Merrell