Thursday, August 29, 2013

Design Trend: Beautiful Brass

Brass is back, and in a big way. With its structural richness and subtle elegance, 
the resurgence of brass is gaining momentum fast…


Pictured above, this lovely Art Deco coffee table is certainly a conversation starter.  The warm glow of the brass is a perfect frame for the light emanating from the distressed mirrored topIt’s classic lines are simple, yet so incredibly elegant.

Vintage Gilded Brass Sunburst Mirror from France 


As a gorgeous wall accessory, the Sunburst mirror is a popular choice. This particular piece is French vintage in gilt brass.  The Chiavari side chair is vintage Italian. The fabulous French Modernist console table is Lucite and gilt brass with glamorous lines and a Neoclassic flare.

According to House Beautiful, “There is a warmth brass gives an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space,” Marisa Marcantonio of Style Beat says. “The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle, elegant gleam. It’s having a comeback because it mixes well with other metals and its patina gets even better with age.”

Maison Bagues Style Brass Coffee Table from France 

This wonderful French table showcases that subtle gleam, and beautiful aged patina. The antiqued mirror enhances the table’s element of vintage elegance.

According to Elle Decor, “Designers looking to the ’70s, it’s inevitable that brass and bronze will show up more—from accessories, to cocktail tables, to virtually entire rooms. Brass is the metal of the moment.” The ability of brass to mix in with so many different design elements makes it a highly covetable decorating must-have.

Brass Bamboo and Antiqued Mirror Cocktail Table

 Similar to the table featured in the room featured in Elle Decor, this interesting cocktail table shows a whimsical side to brass that works well. Sculptured yet architectural, simple yet detailed.  


French Vintage Lucite, Brass, and Glass Console Table



The seamless combination of lucite and glass in this gorgeous console really creates a nice clean look. The clear glass shelves and lucite legs make a piece that is light, almost weightless. The great proportions allow for a variety of uses. Finally, the details of polished brass provide a touch of elegance.

Italian Brass and Chrome Dining Table Attributed to Romeo Rega


This dining table, attributed to Romeo Rega is strong in both craftsmanship and visual appeal. The combination of the highly reflective chrome underneath the gorgeous patina of the brass is winning. The 24 carat gold pair of Murano “Avventurina” glass sconces in the background boast gilt brass bases. The Set of 6 Art Deco Dining Chairs are detailed with chrome nailheads.  


Metal [brass] is making its way into homes, common spaces, magazines, editorials, design blogs, and catching the attention of designers and design enthusiasts everywhere. 


Spanish Vintage Brass and Marble Console with Matching Mirror




This mirror and console combination complement each other so well, they just couldn’t be kept apart. All the way from the Banesta Bank in Madrid, this charming set is made in the Spanish Empire Style with the console topped with a slab of Breche marble. Together the pieces are a striking match. 



So far, it looks as though brass is the metal of the year. As one of the hottest design trends of 2013, we predict that brass will be flying out of our gallery, (it has already started…). Come see which one is your favorite! Visit our gallery in Austin, TX or browse our collection at

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 09:41:00 PM
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