The metal homeware trend is fast becoming one of the most developing trends of the year. With copper creeping into the living space, it is now so much more than an interior design accent for fixtures and fittings. Think more accessories such as sleek lamps, minimal coffee table trays, candles holders or a great statement piece of furniture.
Products that hone the warmth and sheen of a rose gold or tinted copper are perfect to add a modernist nod to the industrial look. Teamed with concrete they go hand in hand to create some truly unique pieces. There are some inspiring brands out there that create amazing metal pieces however my absolute choice at the moment has to be Copper & Solder. They work with both Copper AND Concrete, what could be more perfect!
We caught up with Copper fanatic Katie Figiel to talk about her stunningly simple and industrial homeware brand “Copper & Solder”. From concrete candle holders to wall hooks to one off bespoke pieces, Katie lovingly creates every piece in her studio.
F+B: Tell us about your brand, what do you do?
KF: Copper and Solder is a brand which hand crafts unique homeware pieces, that creates an industrial, minimal feel, perfect for modern, casual living spaces.
F+B: How did your brand begin? What was the very first product you created?
KF: My dad had been playing around with copper pipe in his spare time and made my sister and I some nesting tables for our flat in Surrey. It got my creative juices flowing and I started designing other products he could make for us. In the meantime I unfortunately got made redundant from my job in London and moved back to my hometown in the midlands. This is when I started crafting copper products myself, alone, creating a name for the brand and opening an online shop.
F+B: What is a typical studio day for you? How do you find the perfect work|life balance?
KF: I find working for myself fairly challenging. It’s only been a year, so I’m still getting used to a different routine and everyday is very different. It usually consists of lots of emailing, soldering, mixing concrete and post office runs. My other half works in hospitality meaning he mostly works evenings, so sometimes I work all the way through the evening and spend the afternoon with him, which is great!
F+B: What is the inspiration behind your work/ products?
KF: The industrial, modern look, is quite important to us, I think it can easily fit into different environments. I try and produce products that are practical but visually appealing. We're always scribbling new ideas down, and we want to keep introducing new, unique products to broaden our range and have something available for everyone.
F+B: What is you favorite materials to work with and why?
KF: Both copper and concrete are really challenging materials, but I really enjoy working and experimenting with them both. I’m certainly still learning! All of the copper we use is hand soldered, so it’s a rather lengthy process and has to be really accurate. Sometimes it’s good to pop the headphones on and complete zone out.
F+B: What is the biggest advice you can give when it comes to decorating your home/space?
KF: Keep your surroundings simple but fill with inspirational pieces. I’m always wanting to change things around, whether it’s to do a little photoshoot or hang a new print up. It makes it so much easier when you have simple and plain space to work with. I love creating mood boards and collecting inspirational bits and bobs, these can be put up and taken down quite easy.
F+B: What other brands are you inspired by?
KF: There are SO many inspirational brands at the moment, both big and small! India Hobson(photographer), Honest Skin Care, Concrete Jungles, The Work Bench & STALF are just a few independents which I love love love (I could easily fill this page) and larger brands such as Aesop, COS, Le Labo, Hay and & other stories are always the ones I look up to with their simple but stylish ethics.
F+B: If you didn’t do this, what else would you do?
KF: My background is printed textiles, so I would probably delve back into it and create prints for fashion.
And what is my key piece I hear you ask? My go to product would have to be the concrete Dalmatian dish – perfect for candles or to keep all those rings and trinkets in one place. As most of her products are hand crafted, it is impossible to get two pieces the exact same and therefore I URGE you, if there is anything you take from this write up, then please ORDER straight away when you see a piece you fall in love with. I guarantee that once it’s gone, it’s gone.
To tempt you even more, Katie is offering readers a super 15% off all orders until 1st of August – just use the code FORMANDBALANCE.
If you wish to keep up to date with Copper and Solder, head over to their pages, where you will find an array of lifestyle shots that will both inspire and give you just a small stab of jealousy at how simply beautiful and aesthetically pleasing everything is.
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/copperandsolder || @copperandsolder
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/copperandsolder || @copperandsolder
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