An Apology to Silver Metals
Grey paint can never replace you.
We’re bringing silver back.
Silver metals typically signify natural materials and alloys such as stainless, zinc, and nickel, whose usage in design dates back to 18th century Europe. In the United States, Zinc was first used in the 1820’s for roofing systems and Nickel was a popular finish for hardware during the Art Deco period (Gayle & Waite 1998).
Today, “silver” has become a bastardized term for grey paint lacking true metallic features due to the cost and maintenance of the genuine. Paint fails to achieve the simple beauty of how light interfaces with a metallic surface, imparting dynamic and provocative effects. It is this difference that separates the real from the artifice.
Long Beach Exchange – Tempest Patina
Pod Hotel – Oxidized Silver Hairline
150 Spear Street – Oxidized Silver Hairline
Logan Airport Nouria Energy Convenience Center – Gotham Patina, Old Dirty Bronze
Often intentionally unassuming and innocuous, there are numerous qualities that make true silver metals appealing to designers today, such as the ability of certain alloys to produce interesting and dynamic patinas, similar to copper and statuary bronze. But patinas on natural metals can change greatly in color and texture and are often expensive to maintain. Our use of fluoropolymers ensures both color and texture will stand the test of time without sacrificing design.
We aim to bring back the luminosity and architectural beauty of silver metals with cost effective and fully sustainable offerings that perform exceptionally well.
Joy Village, Kengo Kuma – Silvered Wood