OUR STORY & PHILOSOPHY
There is something very special about copper that extends beyond its physical properties. We might know that copper is one of only a handful of metals to occur naturally in pure elemental form; that it is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is both pliable and strong; we may also know that it is also an essential dietary mineral and has powerful antimicrobial properties.
We might notice the changes in the copper in our homes and in the art and architecture around us, and agree that copper becomes more beautiful with age. But that isn’t all. The thing about copper is that it seems to live. When we touch it, it responds with warmth. When we apply pressure, it yields.
And like us, copper interacts with its environment, wearing its turquoise patina as we might wear a blush, a tan, or a wrinkle.
Humans and copper have worked together for over ten thousand years, and as we have evolved, it has revealed more of its secrets. Around 7,000 years ago we needed vessels and discovered copper could be smelted and cast; around 5,500 years ago copper was alloyed with tin, and the Bronze Age was born. The Romans admired copper for the range of exquisite colours created by oxidation and used it to communicate wealth, power and civilisation.
When Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity, copper was the material that enabled him to harness its power. Today, copper is the subject of microbiological studies and has been discovered to kill 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria within two hours.
In fact, copper is able to do so much, so well, that we barely even notice it. The Copper Collection is an intentional collection that puts the profound relationship between humans and copper centre-stage. The objects in this collection invite touch and interaction. As you work with each, you will discover that the weight, warmth and smoothness of copper feel right, and you might even remember that this is something you already knew.