Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen of Confetti System for T Magazine. Photo by Leonard Fong via NYTimes.com.


There’s been a lot of talk about gold and brass all over the internet and design magazines in the last little while. This is hardly a new trend – brass made a huge come back some time ago in the world of architecture, interiors, fashion and product design, gently shoving it’s previously celebrated silvery and coppery friends aside. It turns out that the time has come for the golden sheen to enjoy it’s well deserved 5 minutes in the sun.

I must admit, I was never really a big fan of gold for the longest time (I know, we all make mistakes), but my palettes these days are all about hints of this lovely shiny shade. Perhaps this is because we are collectively getting much better at using golds and mixing them with nudes, greys, charcoals and navy, to ensure they are always sophisticated, and never too blingy.

So without further ado, here’s a selection of some of my favourite golden moments, broken down into various categories. Hope you like! Oh, and by the way, how INCREDIBLE is the glittering gold creation above? Confetti System for T Magazine rocks my world!

x dana

Architecture. Clockwise from top left // Rapperswil-Jona municipal museum by mlzd, via world-architects // The Hive by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, via dezeen. // Haus D10 by Werner Sobek, via dezeen.


Paper & Graphics. Clockwise from left // Poster design by MOGOLLON. // Louis Vuitton stationery by NCF Studio. That’s extreme love right there! // Gold playing cards by IDEA, Japan. Yes! From Unica Home.


Product Design & Objects. Clockwise from top left // Incredibly beautiful and delicate papier-mâché vessels by Chicago-based artist Susan Dwyer. // There had to be at last one “pork” inspired example in the round up – right? Bank in the Form of a Pig (oink oink!) by Harry Allen for Areaware. // These beautiful and understated solid brass paper weights by Daniel Emma effortlessly combine my love of clean lines and pure geometry. They are like a little bit of jewellery for your work desk. // Brass Hammer by Iacoli & McAllister from Object.


Fashion. Clockwise from left // A featherd jacket from Alexander McQueen’s posthumous ‘Angels & Demon’s collection in 2010, photographed by Sølve Sundsbø. Image via Vogue UK. //  The Gold Mens Adidas Originals Hardland Sneakers. // Burberry show suit. Pretty cool but are you kidding? Must get this for baby yellowtrace


Lighting. Clockwise from top left // Jaime Hayón gold chandelier for metalarte. // Interactive installation of 91 linked 24 carat gold covered Work Lamps by From Us with Love. The installation was uncovered June 18th 2011 at Design House Stockholm‘s opening. // Chipperfield w102 brass table light by David Chipperfield for wästberg.


Furniture. Clockwise from top left // Chippensteel 0.5 chair: Designed by Oskar Zieta via yellowtrace tumblr. // Eames Shell chair from okay art. I want it so badly! // CM05 HABIBI tray and side table by e15 – previously featured in this post.


Art. Clockwise from left // Installation by Anish Kapoor – previously featured in this post. // Richard Wright’s large-scale gold-leaf painting, winning entry for 2009 Turner prize. Image via daily mail. // Oxidized transience mirrors by dutch designers David Derksen and Lex Pott.


Ok. Seriously. WHY??? Clockwise from top // Yolandi Visser from Die Antwoord, via Broad Recognition. // Edible food finish from The Deli Garage. // Gold Mercedes via felix finance.

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Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

5 Responses

  1. Jenna

    Perfect post to find on a friday morning! a post full of bling!!! and I don’t know about you, but who wouldn’t you want gold chicken [so.weird.]…ha!

  2. Ezabelle

    Loving the gold-leaf wall at the top of the post and the external clad gold buildings- what an obvious way to use Gold, letting the sun bring out it’s natural shimmer- haha.

    Bad gold is a real turn-off to gold itself (eg. Donald Trumps NY apartment, and Rene Rivkin etc…) but I think you’ve done it justice here. Nice post.

  3. Bohemian Style

    Love it all.

    The Oskar Zieta chair I have been trying to find for more then two years and so thank you for posting it as I now finally have the designers name.


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