Fancy some metal in your design?

Bold, prominent and industrial, metals in interior design are more often seen in large commercial spaces, but interior architects and designers are working these metals to bring modern minimalism into living rooms, kitchens and entire indoor spaces. Today's technology and innovative solutions have pushed metals to new heights as a material and is energising new possibilities of creating better design.

Shiny metal is much more than just an accent. Used in a smaller scale, the result is clutter-free and contrasts nicely with natural woods to create a space that is visually engaging with a patchwork of textures.

Everywhere you look metals are making an appearance - from the warm gold, brass, and copper accents to the cool chrome, nickel and stainless steel. With so many possible applications there is no doubt that metals are here to stay. Metal finishes have ushered the reemergence of glamour to interiors, reminiscent of the Hollywood Regency style or modern Art Deco.

An option open to architects and interior designers is metal mesh. It offers a beautiful alternative to the traditional sheer. It is flexible, and collapsible as a drapery, and is versatile enough to be fashioned into window treatments or room dividers.

Atelier Muquet

Georges Muquet comes from a line of nine generations that worked with wood. His company experiments with wood, metal and polymer to recreate the effect that place and time have on materials. The techniques produce patina, fading and corrosion on decorative panels, wall frescoes, doors and furniture. His team of a dozen craftsmen, cabinetmakers, joiners, poly- mer specialists, gilders, and varnishers work on the most prestigious bespoke projects, such as luxury hotels and yachts, as well as residential developments.


Since 1992, Luc Druez a textile research consultant, has been working magic, weaving and mixing copper with natural and technical fibers to maximize their beauty with light. His delicate looking "hand made" fabrics based on a jacquard "spin" use fishing lines, raffia, rubber, copper and horse hair to create unusual textiles.

Lcd's textiles are often featured in professional expositions, such as Paris' Maison et Objet, Milan' and Salone del Mobile. These textile also graces public and private art collections, such as the Textile Museum in Lyon, La Piscine in Roubaix, and the Ichinomya Fashion Design Center in Japan.


Aluminium is a material that is well suited for many different applications, from wall coverings to pavings. Alulife works the cuts in the metal's surface create a richly textured and shimmering metallic tile.

The patented decorative texture, unique of its kind amongst materials and created with a view to recycling, lends itself to applications that call for sumptuous textures, where technology and lightness merge together to form a pure and enthralling appearance.

Innovative yet lasting at the same time, this product is proposed in a wide range of applications available for floorings, coverings, art and sculpture and much more.

Concrete & Metal

The first ever collection of tiles to combine concrete and metals. The metals are laser cut into beautifully designed patterns that are cast in the engineered concrete making a seamless tile.

The unique contrast between the metal cold shiny look and feel and the warm roughed concrete surface creates an exceptional tile. The tiles are hand made from engineered polymer concrete requiring no maintenance and can be ordered in a large variety of colours.

The type of metal and plating depending on application type, physical and aesthetic demands. Metal platings include chrome-nickel, silver, gold up to 24K gold and anodised in aluminium and titanium. Metal graphics are unlimited and can be custom ordered to any required shape opening the way for unique designs and art works.

Caino Design

MePas (Metal Panels) are fine stainless-steel panels that may be employed in a variety of ways: as space dividers, decorative features and curtains.

The shiny metal is cut with intricate patterns to look like delicate embroidery or henna. The metal panels less than 2mm thickness are flexible and bounce light off of it's surface.

MeLEDs (Metal & LED lighting) are new lighting systems based on the integration of finely processed thin metal plates and LED technology. The possibility of using the metallic structure to transmit electrical current and built-in electronics allowed us to develop the concept of 'no cabling', with the possibility of integrating lights in an object thus blurring any distinction between structure and light source.


Sustainable luxury are the only words that describe these artistic wall tiles. All of the products are carefully handmade by artists and skilled craftsmen ensuring that each piece has its special character and soul.

Beck Textile Studio

The Danish textile designer and weaver Annemette Beck works with the basic principles of weaving and experimenting with new combinations of structures and materials. Metal weaving is only one lines of creations. Annemette Beck offers interesting three dimensional patterns for wall coverings, space dividers and window treatments. Whether she is creating rugs, wall coverings, curtains or furnishing fabrics, her creations are always relevant, elegant, and never lacking in imagination or a touch of fantasy.


New Products & Suppliers


Adds Brava, a new Two-Tone, Glossy Sheen leather to their collections

With a smooth finish and glossy sheen, Brava is the perfect blend of beauty and function. Though treated to be durable, Brava boasts a subtle, two-toned quality that is characteristic of aniline-dyed leathers, as well as a slight variation in color and tone throughout each hide. Yet because Brava is not in the category of distressed leathers, the finish will not scuff easily, will not lighten when stretched, and is resistant to staining and fading. In addition, the ample average hide size makes it a natural choice for headboards, wall panels and other applications that require large cutting areas.


Gorman Studios, a veritable fount of exquisite chinoiserie, reverse glass painting, Chinese lacquered panels, and more had this article published in Taste of Life Magazine.


Gorman Studios Repertoire Portfolio, please download these inspiring images.

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MePa Eden won the Silver Award for Innovation at IIDEX Canada 2013! Made of extremely hard stainless steel, new effects are created by alternating fills and voids, shiny and satin, engraved or semi-engraved surfaces.


The italian body, Associazione Per Il Disegno Industriale (ADI Design Index) selected Lithea's Ciuri created by Marco Pavi, along side of 80 other companies, representing 160 products for their excellence and contribution to bathroom design from 1998-2012. The exhibit featured the work of 110 well-know designers and explores the evolution of the Bathroom Furnishings. The evolution is also intended as a reflection of the modern habits and traditions. The curated show was a feature of CERSAIE in Bologna.

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