Oikos’ ‘Corroded’ copper finishes embrace natural metal ageing
Warm metals are finding their way further into both commercial and residential spaces. What was once known as industrial chic – exposed beams, concrete pillars, trusses, and girders – has transcended to metals, now manifesting in hardware and surface finishes, its presence more subtle than before.
Copper has become a fast favourite in the world of interior design – its timelessness and reflective properties give it mass appeal; it’s a rich, warm, characterful metal, and as such, it has become a popular, elegant aesthetic that is more on-trend than ever. So long, stainless steel! Arrivederci, aluminium!
When it comes to surface finishes and innovation, Oikos have always challenged the status quo, and are the trend-setters in the world of paints and plasters. Their ‘corroded’ surface finishes – including a beautiful Antique Copper, Rust, Corroded Copper and Oxidised Copper – aim to embrace the natural way that metals age and wear over a period of time. These textures and colours are best used covering large surfaces as statement pieces. Understated, reflective, and warm, copper finishes can completely change a building’s aesthetic focus.
Oikos have cleverly undone hundreds of years of battling against the natural process metals go through from their exposure to nature, reinterpreting a natural material and changing the way designers and observers react to it. Designers no longer have to fight deterioration; it is now embraced as a natural part of a sustainable material. These finishes not only reinforce the idea that copper is a natural material but can also soften harsh or dark backdrops – and in an age where mixed materials are increasing in popularity, an aged copper wall finish erupting from a wooden or concrete floor is a fantastic pairing.
Inviting a sense of wonderment and warmth into a room, Oikos’s corroded Copper, Bronze and Rust tones – part of their new Imperium Collection – are certainly ahead of the design curve for 2017.