Copper Comeback: Bathroom Trend
A great alternative to conventional stainless steel, copper is making a come back in the kitchen and bathroom interior. Typically associated with the durable copper kettles and cookware of the 1900s, copper is now being used to create contemporary faucets, showers, basins and tubs.
As well as being beautiful to look at, copper fittings do not corrode or rust and also boast excellent antimicrobial properties. From the perfectly polished to deep and enriched patinas, here are three of our favorite copper products.
Launched earlier this month, WaterDream is a conceptual shower installation by Swedish design Trio Front, for German bathroom brand Axor. The three-headed shower explores the technical origins of the water installation by bringing the ordinarily hidden copper pipes, valves, funnels and couplings to the forefront of the design.
Charlotte von der Lancken of Front explains, “We used our personal perception of the shower and showering to draw attention to the technology behind the wall, which is often concealed.”
The copper baths and basins in Dornbracht’s Elemental Spa collection by Sieger Design feature copper interiors which develop an organic patina over time.
The oxidized copper creates a striking contrast to the clean lines of the brilliant white Corian faucets.
Marco Merendi‘s Amarcord faucets for Italian brand Rapsel are made from brass but finishes include chromed or polished gun metal or copper – as seen here. Merendi explains: “One day, a plumber I met at a construction site, gave me an old tap made of brass. I decided immediately that this would be the start for an entire family of taps, special items, rich, like I knew them from my memories of my childhood.”
Merendi also created the freestanding Amarcord copper bathtub as part of the same collection.