Design Trends from Milan: Patina Finish

21.05.13

Age = beauty? Our observations on patinas at Milan Design Week…

In a setting that is so about the ‘new’, it was refreshing to see a clear nod to the ‘old’ at Milan Design Week.

In one of our favourite trends across the entire show, the ‘Patina Finish’ effect adds an old story to new products.

The process of adding a ‘patina’ took centre stage for some designers, whose work gained added intricacy and took on an individual aesthetic thanks to the natural processes of wearing a material out.

Patina by Alhambretto

This trend was most prolific when applied to copper. Much like you see on old coins, this process adds a weathered, worn feel to designs via the erosion process of adding saltwater to metal.

‘True Colour Vases’ by Lex Pott is probably the most astonishing example of this aesthetic, and trials the process to create incredibly vibrant, jewel tones across a spectrum of metals:

True Colour Vases by Lex Pott
True Colour Vases by Lex Pott

At the heart of this trend, is the desire to amplify the beauty in imperfection, and use inconsistent marks and patterns to completely change the overall look and feel of the design. Ultimately, this then transforms the story that the product is telling.

Patina Lamp by Lola Leyl
Patina Lamp by Lola Leyl
Transience Mirrors by David Derksen
Transience Mirrors by David Derksen