Bronze is an ancient metal and has been used since its Bronze Age days for everything from everyday pots to monumental sculptures and, nowadays, to super-sharp furniture designs . As well as speaking of ancient and antique art, it recalls early twentieth century design (it was a favourite in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods) where it was used prolifically. It’s since been rendered in much less classical ways as a rugged Brutalist finish courtesy of Paul Evans, patinated by Phillip and Kelvin LaVerne and, most recently, molten, mirror-finished, perforated and cracked (by Based Upon, Fredrikson Stallard, Kelly Wearstler and FBC London, respectively).
We love embracing its industrial loft aesthetic á la our Brutalist Luxe edit by teaming it with aged mirror, cracked glass and pitted metal. Refined additions, like plush suede and velvet and flawless marble, instantly up its luxe factor. Read our How To Use Brutalism At Home article for more inspiration.