For the longest time, chrome and nickel have been the metal of choice. Then, suddenly, gold tones were hot again, with brass suddenly more chic than it was in the seventies. Now, thanks in part to British product designer Tom Dixon, copper has quickly supplanted yellow gold tones. Dixon’s copper is not the patina-ed copper of roofs and rustic lofts. Rather, his copper shade globe pendants have a mirrored finish. So, in a flash, shiny copper is all that. We’ve pulled together a dozen rooms in which polished copper pendants figure prominently, hanging alone and up to four in a row. How and where would you hang yours?
Above: Loft bed featured on Fantastic Frank.
This room’s got all the makings of perfection: a practically bare white space with a butterfly chair, plenty of cowhide, sheepskin, and fur, and a single copper pendant, which contrasts nicely with the black, white, and wood.
Swedish stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg put together this Malmö apartment, which is apparently quite expansive, with sick views. The white walls provide an uncluttered backdrop for the pale herringbone floors and rich leather lounge. I love how the copper pendant hangs super low—it’s a look we’ve seen a lot of lately.
Stockholm-based firm Kjellander + Sjöberg Architects designed this softly colored space as part of an exhibition on sustainability, in collaboration with Resource Vision Sustainable Design Studio. Here, the copper pendant, which hangs above a living room replete with mint green and shots of rich coral, illustrates how the metal works just as well with pastels and hot colors as it does with neutrals.
In this kitchen, a single copper pendant hangs over an island-like table topped with a thick marble slab. Yup, copper looks gorgeous against marble too. The dark green metal stools and kilim runner round out the palette. (The cat’s pretty cute too.)
Lou & Hernández Interior Architecture Studio, based in Madrid, designed this home in the Spanish port city of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca coast. The home, done in lush textures and rich tones of forest green, gold, deep blue, and brown, is just the kind of environment in which one expects to find copper accents. The pendants’ polished finish adds a bit of bling.
A pair of mirror finish copper pendants echoes the pairs of mismatched chairs around the long dining table in this family home. (We know kids live there—notice the Stokke Trip Trap chairs? Haven’t seen them in black before!) The copper color adds not just lustre and sheen, but another color to this limited palette, filling in with the red in an otherwise black and white based design.
This eclectic space, featured in Elle Decoration UK, features the copper pendant with a red textile cord. It’s another low-hanging example, though instead of illuminating a reading chair or the bedside, it’s hovering right above a dining table. Not sure how practical that is, but the look works for us. We also love the contrast between the light’s contemporary design and the more old-fashioned elements, like the wood stove and brass candlesticks.
This is the 1920s Silverlake, California home of photo agent Carol LeFlufy, which was featured in Apartment Therapy. LeFlufy, who grew up with an architect father, describes her style as “an eclectic mix, with a lot of mid-century modern design.” The Tom Dixon Copper Shade Light Fixture above the dining table was purchased on a recommendation from a friend.
Houston-based desinger Laura Umansky, principal of Laura U Interior Design, is known for her glam aesthetic. (It is Texas, after all.) This modern Memorial Park home, is actually quite spare, with a gray floor, white walls, cabinetry, and furnishings. The great room, featuring a picnic-style wood table and indoor/outdoor chairs, is punctuated with four (four!) copper pendants, and opens onto a fabulous pool.
The Dock Kitchen is an eatery located in a converted Victorian Wharf building overlooking a canal, and is part of an urban regeneration project in West London. The original brick arches and beamed ceilings have been preserved and combined with an exclusive display of the full Tom Dixon collection of furniture and lighting. In fact, the Tom Dixon shop resides directly beneath the restaurant.
This rustic industrial space is Toby’s Estate café and wine bar in the Potts Point area of Sydney, Australia, designed by Michael Kilkeary from local firm Embark Design. Multiple metallic finishes, including copper (that pendant), brass (exposed plumbing pipe), and stainless steel (the kitchen), co-exist against dark timber wall panels.