In 2017 brass details became a sought after interior design look. We have previously seen industrial looks with a lot of metal such as steel but the warmth of the metal brass creates a whole different look and feel. In contrary to the previous hot industrial look, brass ads a huge portion of both warmth and luxury to its settings. Brass also works exceptionally well with the dark colours currently popular.
So what is actually brass? Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. It makes it strong yet exceedingly flexible to work with. Brass's unique properties has resulted in it being used in the production of many technical instruments, such as clocks, watches, chronometers and navigational tools. Brass, in somewhat varied forms, has however been around long before Christ, especially in China and also widely used in Asia. Back in the days brass was maybe mostly used for things like coins and to adorn church monuments and tombs. For an example, the Roman empire used brass coins and after the fall of the empire production continued in Europe. In the 15th and 16th centuries growing demand lead to an intensification of brass production in above all Germany which shipped to the whole world. During this time Sweden’s king Karl IX realised that he could refine copper into brass and therefore reduce imports and increase income from exports. In 1607 he founded Skultuna, a brass foundry which today is one of the oldest companies in the world and still is a purveyor to the Royal Court of Sweden. Skultuna portrays themselves as creating the antiques of tomorrow with help of leading international designers such as GamFratesi, Lara Bohinic, Luca Nichetto, Monica Förster, Richard Hutten and Claesson Koivisto Rune. Skultuna can be found in leading department stores around the world and have won a number of international design awards.
Below is a selection of their beautiful work that Atmosfär offers in New Zealand.