Thursday, February 20, 2014

Design & Construction Week 2014 - Part Two - The Copper Craze

It was evident at the tradeshow this year that copper with its warm color tones is enjoying a resurgence in the building and design industry.  Copper is in its own class of excellence.  It can accent any style of d├ęcor: contemporary, traditional or transitional. Copper can be used as accessories to soften a modern setting, as wall panels to set the tone for a section of the room, as a focal point like the hood over the kitchen island, or just simply a hammered copper backsplash mixed with other materials. Sometimes homeowners want the color and look  of copper but not the maintenance. 

Rohl, who has offered high-end kitchen and bath products since 1983, displayed their eye-catching and award-winning stainless copper sink.  This handcrafted, stainless copper finish sink is constructed of  a 16" gauge commercial grade stainless steel and specifically designed for the high-end residential market.   It comes in either the single or double bowl  incorporating a  "quiet coat" insulation with  sound-deadening technology.   
The view below shows the thick coating for an undermount installation of the sink.  There's a radius edge around the bottom making it easier to clean while the sides have a very defined zero-edge.

This stainless copper finish sink  is great for homeowners who want that fabulous look of copper but not the maintenance. The copper color is achieved by fusing a thin layer of specialty metal to the surface.  It's very durable and can easily be cleaned with soap and water.  Because since there is not actually any copper used, the sink will not oxidize or patina over time.

Contemporary Look
Amerock, a hardware  company headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, continually creates new hardware designs and colors based on consumer trends and preferences.  This year their  new brushed copper pulls/ knobs took center stage.  Copper can be used in rustic settings or  it can add elegance and richness to a contemporary setting.

RangeCraft, the range hoods made to order, can help the designer create that perfect kitchen focal point.   Superior craftsmanship and handcrafted in the United States, this company offers the homeowner  a  wide variety of hammered /antique copper, brushed stainless steel and  the non directional stainless steel existing designs from which to select,  or the homeowner can have a uniquely designed hood using any material and any finish of their choosing.

Within the Elmwood Fine Cabinetry booth there was a fabulous glass with resin door that would be great in the kitchen as a refrigerator door.  It would be the focal point of the room at that point.  The picture on the left  is a
glimpse of the refrigerator door they were showing in the booth.  The door style is called Eclipse.  It is a polished Stainless Steel frame that looks like it has mitered corners but is actually all  one piece.  The insert in the frame is an architectural resin of your choice.  This copper colored one was the favored eye candy among the attendees in the booth when I was there.

There were many other elements like decorative tiles and fabrics that showed the desire to have the warmth and richness of copper present in as many rooms as possible  in your home.


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