Brass is so last year. Copper is a chameleon that is at once glamorous and rustic. It’s fashionable yet functional. Classic yet chic.
Chefs have long used copper pots and pans because they conduct heat evenly and accurately. (They’re not bad at keeping things icy cold, either, as Moscow mule drinkers will tell you.)
But versatile copper can be a stunning decorative touch that brings warmth to a table setting, an entire room or an outdoor space. Antiqued, hammered or brushed, it’s the metal finish worth its mettle this spring.
Scroll through the photos above to see some beautiful examples.
WHERE TO SHOP
Crate and Barrel
3104 Knox St.
3100 W. Seventh St.
Sur La Table
1151 E. Southlake Blvd.
3400 Bryant Irvin Road
1620 S. University Drive
172 State St.
Too Cool: The Old Havana Desktop Fan, with its gleaming copper blades, may look like an antique, but it actually has three speeds and a non-oscillating motor. $645, Frontgate.
Where There’s Smoke: Gather around a hand-hammered, pure copper Fulton coffee table for drinks; when the sun sets, clear it off, remove the lid and light it as a fire pit. $399 fire pit only, $199 tray with lid, Grandin Road.
Kitchen Cache: Even venerable KitchenAid is in on the copper craze with its 5-quart satin copper stand mixer, a chic version of the classic kitchen appliance. $599, Williams-Sonoma.
In Bloom: Mary Jurek’s copper-plated ginger blossom brings a touch of spring to a place setting, accent table or office desk. $65, Domain XCIV.
Chef’s Best: Sur La Table has collaborated with Jacques Pepin on exquisite copper cookware, such as this limited-edition, 3.2-quart sautoir with chef’s lid by Mauviel. The collection was inspired by the revered chef’s early culinary career and incorporates his favorite details from cookware he used in his native France. $499, Sur La Table.
Advanced Coarse: Copper salt and pepper mills look as pretty on the kitchen counter as they do on the dining room table. Both feature adjustable grind mills that allow you to sprinkle and dash as finely or coarsely as you’d like. $29.95 each, Crate and Barrel.
Crate and Barrel
Crumpets not Included: Brew a proper cup of afternoon tea with the Simplex copper tea kettle. Suitable for gas or electric stoves, the 2-quart kettle has a pure tin lining to ensure superior heating and whistles when the water boils. (Note: Due to high demand, the product has a limited stock in store and will not be available online again until the end of May.) $295, Sur la Table.
Sur la Table
Toast to the Most: The Dualit copper four-slice toaster adds warmth to the kitchen counter even when it’s not toasting brioche. Extra-wide one-inch slots and a removable crumb try make both preparation and clean-up a breeze. $339.95, Sur la Table.
Sur la Table
Perfect Toss: Copper-plated handles add elegance to the stainless steel Versa salad set. The versatile pieces can be as comfortable at a Saturday night barbecue as they are at a proper Sunday brunch. $70, Domain XCIV.