Trend Spotting: Copper in the Bespoke Kitchen

It has been impossible to avoid the trend for metal finishes; copper and brass have been at the forefront of interior design trends for the last couple of years and it doesn’t appear to be falling from favour. We recently carried out a bespoke kitchen installation which required half of a 3-metre kitchen island to be clad in copper, but not just your standard copper sheets, instead, copper sheets with a stunning coloured patina which we created in the workshop with blow touches.

The brief from the client was to create a unique industrial style kitchen which was both beautiful and riddled with age. The materials, after much debate, were agreed to be solid walnut, solid oak, some concrete and copper. The key design feature became the copper and more importantly the process of ageing the copper.

The design process was more complex than our usual bespoke kitchens as we had to consider all of the folds required to clad the kitchen island in copper. We then had to spend many hours experimenting with the copper as to the most unique and exciting way to age the copper. After presenting many various copper samples, including faux copper and oxidised copper, the client decided upon a process that we had never seen before and something we almost stumbled across during the experimenting, this was heat-treated copper.

Copper in the Bespoke Kitchen

Copper in the Bespoke Kitchen

Copper in the Bespoke Kitchen

When heat is applied to copper is changes colour, the effect is almost like the rainbowing you sometimes see in oil. We achieved the affect with blow touches, which created an interesting, colourful and beautiful patina that changes as light bounces off the material. Lighting became an important factor in the kitchen as we wanted to strategically locate lights to reflect off the copper to create a more dramatic affect. Fortunately, lighting is one of our favourite elements of design and an area that we excel in.

When the copper panels had been fabricated we spent a day in the workshop re-creating the effects onto the large finished copper panels. The first few attempts ended in failure as the larger panels somehow reacted differently to the smaller samples, we put this down to a different distribution of heat, after a few attempts it all started to fall into place and by the end of the day we had succeeded in our mission!

Copper in the Bespoke Kitchen

This has been our favourite kitchen to date, the challenge of creating a kitchen in a material other than the standard timbers is one that we will relish time and time again.

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