Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic

Skating on the Edge of Taste with Warren Platner

My husband has been saying for years that brass would come back. Not out of any particular love for the alloy, but because he saw that hardware trends were cyclical, chrome rising and falling in popularity, to be replaced by brushed stainless steel, then a brief flirtation with nickel, and so on. There really aren’t that many metal options, so surely brass’s time would come again. Initially this seemed impossible, since when most of us think of brass, we think of Trump Tower, ersatz gold, weightless flash, bad taste.