Sheet brass, photo-etched and powder-coated
London, England, 2004
Maria Jauhianen (b. 1971)
Winner of the Applied Metal Design Category of the Oxo Peugeot Design Awards, 2003
Brass remains primarily a functional metal. However, a few contemporary designers are using brass and decorating it with bright and exciting finishes.
With Lehti ('Leaf') the Finnish metalworker Maria Jauhianen confounds normal expectations of metal to create a delicate, seemingly weightless fruit bowl. She photo-etched her drawings of a decomposing leaf onto a thin metal sheet and dissolved the remaining areas with acid. Red powder-coating has given the bowl great strength and flexibility.