Metal can be specified for myriad applications in a single project and in even more hues and textures. We gathered a few metallic and metal-inspired products—from coatings to pendants and to furniture—that showcase the material in its many forms.
Beat Light Brass, Tom Dixon
The round shapes of traditional brass cooking pots and water vessels inspired the Beat Lamp series by London design studio Tom Dixon. Hand-spun and formed by craftsmen in northern India, the brass pendants are now offered with a brushed finish, adding to the existing black and white finishes. Designed to be hung solo or as a group, the collection comprises four variations of the same geometry (fat, shown) and uses a 3W LED lamp.
Insulated Metal Panels with IPN-Nano, Kingspan Insulated Panels
Manufacturers that fabricate or use foam insulation in their products sometimes take heat for the material’s negative impact on the environment. Kingspan says that it has formulated a market first: IPN-Nano is a proprietary high-endurance foam insulation that has an ozone depletion potential of zero and is free of halogenated flame retardants, which are notorious for their toxicity. For use in the company’s insulated metal panels.
Tron, Marc Sadler
Italian designer Marc Sadler pays tribute to the 1982 sci-fi classic Tron with a table by the same name for furniture brand Capo d’Opera. Steeped in abstract questions posed by the proliferation of technology, the film’s futuristic bent is interpreted by Sadler in the table’s steel base. Its geometric lattice comprises asymmetric modules that are welded together in a double-cone shape, allowing the seemingly fragile base to support a glass or wood top.
Your client may not be setting up shop in an industrial shell, but that doesn’t preclude its aesthetic from suggesting otherwise. Crossville’s Reclamation collection features digitally printed designs inspired by reclaimed materials in urban renewal projects, combining modern design with the rustic look of well-worn wood, metal (steel city, shown), and concrete. The tiles contain a minimum of 4% recycled content and are certified under the Green Squared product program. For use indoors on floors and walls and outdoors in vertical applications.
Versacor Elite, Centria
Metal cladding must stand up to a range of environmental factors and climates. Centria formulated its Versacor Elite coating to help metal substrates resist deterioration from moisture and UV rays. Offered in solid and metallic colors, the 2mm-thick-barrier can also withstand abrasion. Designed for use on the company’s foam insulated wall panels, standing seam roofing, and single-skin metal panels. Shown on the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal developed at Pier 27 by the Port of San Francisco, whose first phase was completed in 2013 by the design team of KMD Architects in Santa Monica, Calif., Pfau Long Architecture in San Francisco, and Miami-based Bermello Ajamil & Partners.
Brushed Steel, Imagine Tile
Advances in high-resolution printing have helped manufacturers make any ceramic tile look good. Brushed Steel from Imagine Tile is a line of commercial and residential ceramic tiles printed with a graphic feathered gradient and a smooth surface that emulate metal. The tiles contain no VOCs and can be used on walls and counters. Available in 12” squares.
Stolit Milano, Sto Corp.
When a project’s budget can’t accommodate metal wall finishes, consider coatings. Stolit Milano from Sto Corp. is a low-VOC, water-based acrylic finish. It resists mildew and can be used on interior and exterior walls to create textured or smooth-faced surfaces that mimic the look of metal. Sto Corp. recommends using two or three coats to create the desired effect. Custom colors are offered. Shown here on the Helen Stacey Middle School in Huntington Beach, Calif.