Nickel is nice, but chrome is cooler! Nickel has a high end cache. It’s true that in general nickel is more expensive, and has a softer warmer glow. But I guess I’m an all or nothing kind of designer. If metal is going to be bright and shiny, I prefer it VERY bright , VERY shiny and VERY cool in tone. That’s why I LOVE chrome, and of course, I’m not alone.
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Chrome has been the favored metal finish for furniture, ever since Marcel Breuer first fashioned the Wassily Chair in 1925, and continues to be so in the new century. The development of chrome in furniture runs parallel, and has often been reflective of its use in the car and motorcycle industries. Above and beyond its obvious practical applications, chrome denotes speed, modernity,technology, and a forward looking optimism.
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This bedroom by David Jimenez uses generous doses of chrome, and is nothing if not cheerful and optimistic! Wouldn’t you love to wake up in a room like this?The Platner Table (above) is available through Design Within Reach
I love the relationship here, between the spiroscope patterns in the art, and the similar effect in the chrome table base
Here’s a question I’m often asked: Is it OK to mix styles and periods? Let this eclectic, pretty room be the final answer to that question! What could provide a more elegant, yet neutral link between the wide ranging looks in this room, than the classic chrome Brno Chair,(1930) by Mies Van der Rohe.
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The Brno Chair is available through Knoll Studio
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I can’t resist comparing the chairs in this airy inviting dining room to good old fashioned diner chairs like this one from americanchairs.com Why not use diner chairs with a light neutral covering, in a slightly more formal way? The cost is low, the comfort is excellent, and the look would be very original.
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Here the chrome of the classic Wassily chair mixes beautifully with a warm earthy color scheme, adding a little glitter and shine. The Wassily Chair is available through Knoll Studio Designed in the Bauhaus Studio in 1925 by Marcel Breuer, then only an apprentice, it was the very first steel tubular chair.
Here are some of my favorite interior design CHROME INSPIRATIONS:
LAMP: furnitureinfashion.net, FABBIAN EDGE 5 LIGHT TABLE LAMP: YLighting, BARCELONA PAVILION TABLE: classicsinstock.com ,CHROME BAR STOOL: AmericanChairs.com, DESK: Sam Flax, FURNITURE HARDWARE: mylivingspaceco.uk, MARTINI END TABLE: Kravet Furniture
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Designed by Candace Olsen, this room has both a modern sensibility and a warm rusticity. This approach is embodied in the coffee table which combines a hand hewn rugged wood top, with machine age chrome legs. The open leg notches on the top enhance the effect of nature-plus-technology. It’s almost sculptural, and very forward looking. The table to the left from Chista, and the others below from Century and Hudson Furniture Inc. are very much in the same vein. In fact, once I started looking around, I saw enough in this general style to pronounce it a trend! These furnishings display a reverence for the beauty of the natural world, combined with a use of high tech man made materials. What a great metaphor for the future, if you’re an optimist, like me!
We have enough history with chrome interior furnishings to look back on some of it with affectionate nostalgia. Meanwhile, many early examples remain as relevant and cutting edge as ever, and far more popular and available than when they were first created…And, the market place is filled with current, new examples of beautiful chrome furniture, from the innovators of today. It will be very exciting to see what forms in chromed metal will appear next!
Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.