Copper is an excellent material for realising design concepts because it offers endless possibilities for working, either in its pure state, or through its many alloys, including brass and bronze. Highly malleable, ductile and durable, it has a unique chromatic appeal thanks to its wide palette, ranging from red and brown through gold to silver and green. Copper and gold are the only metals that have a distinctive colour (with all others being 'white metals').
Copper's strong identity and millennia-spanning tradition, combined with its aesthetic and technical properties, has made it a mainstay of interior design, especially in the creation of avant-garde items.
In addition to its workability, copper is inherently antimicrobial, meaning it will rapidly eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi that settle on it. This is a property it shares with many alloys (including brasses, bronzes and copper-nickels), offering designers a variety of properties and colours when they wish to create hygienic touch surfaces such as door handles and light switches.
Furthermore, copper and its alloys are 100% recyclable without loss of properties, making it compatible with the requirements of modern eco-design.
From lamps, radiators, pots and pans to beds, chairs, tables and jewellery, copper's beauty inspires top designers and adds timeless quality to the home.
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for details of the 2016 design competition.