What is copper?
Copper is a soft and malleable metal that is reddish-orange in colour. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material and constituent of various metal alloys such as brass and bronze. Other materials may be coated with copper via a process called electroplating, which uses an electrical current to create a smooth outer layer. Copper is a material that has so many uses that we may not even notice it in day-to-day life! It is even used by some to aid certain health conditions. Although its many practical uses can’t be disputed, nowadays it has become almost as revered for its aesthetic appeal as anything else and is often used for homewares such as lights and decorative accessories.
Properties and qualities
Copper plating increases durability and strength of a material. It is also used for decorative purposes, though, as it gives materials an attractive metallic finish. Thanks to this, copper is often found in the home in eclectic, Scandinavian, mid-century modern and contemporary interiors.
Copper pairs well with coral, grey, black and rich shades of green, as well as light woods and marble.
Apart from homewares, copper is also used frequently in cookware because it is an excellent conductor of heat.
How does it feel?
Like most metals, copper feels firm to the touch and can have a shiny or matt finish, depending on how it is treated.
Copper should be polished with a soft dry cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your copper product.