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Copper has a gleaming moment.

Parasoleil’s intricate cut-out panels work as room dividers or sunshades
From $650 at Living Green Design Solutions, 2568 E. Waterford Ave. (at N. Matus Ave.), Fresno, 559-801-9504

The Real Good chair from Blu Dot develops a natural patina every time you sit
$299 at Zinc Details, 1905 Fillmore St. (near Bush St.), 415-776-2100

The food-safe Hex bowl by Tom Dixon gets its pattern from a barrage of hammering
$76 at Propeller, 555 Hayes St. (near Octavia St.), 415-701-7767

A glinting metallic cord turns copper wiring inside out
$39 at West Elm, 5602 Bay St. (near Shellmound St.), Emeryville, 510-655-1367

It looks like a standing fan, but Carlo Zerbaro’s 3 1/2-foot-tall Lisboa clock actually keeps time
$1,830 at Roche Bobois, 701 8th St. (near Townsend St.), 415-626-8613

Careful where you lock it up: Van Heesch Design’s Dutch bicycle is made of copper-plated steel
$6,000 at abc carpet & home

Tom Dixon explodes pure metal into a polycarbonate globe to create his Copper shade
$610 at Arkitektura, 560 9th St. (near Bryant St.), 415-565-7200

Paul Mathieu’s six-foot-long Louise dining table is covered in thin sheets of copper
$11,000 at the San Francisco Design Center, Stephanie Odegard Showroom, 2 Henry Adams St. (at Division St.), Ste. 330, 415-252-7917

The prototype for Walter Lamb’s chaise was made with tubing salvaged from ships that sank at Pearl Harbor
$1,650 at Design Within Reach, 455 Jackson St. (near Montgomery St.), 415-837-3940

Previously relegated to hand-me-down cookware, electric wiring, and throwaway pocket change, copper—the warmer, less trendy sister of stainless steel and gold—has found new allure at the hands of furniture designers and metalsmiths.

 

Originally published in the January 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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