To create his Tarnish Collection, Daniel Schofield polished and lacquered half of each item to keep it pristine. The other half was left untreated to allow it to develop a patina over time.
The untreated half of each solid brass object will react with natural oils secreted from the skin, tarnishing as it is used and creating a pattern that is unique to each piece.
The designer hopes this will result in an emotional attachment with the pieces, giving them a value beyond their functional significance.
"I hope people will enjoy and use them – they are primarily designed to be functional - but if the user forms a bond with the pieces, that would be the best outcome," Schofield told Dezeen.
The idea for the collection, which is made by hand in Sheffield by local craftsmen and silversmiths, came about when the designer was working with brass for other projects.
He noticed how it marked when touched and how these marks built up over time.
"I've been working with brass for a while, because of its warmth," said Schofield. "I started to see the marks as a pattern rather than a blemish, so I set out to find a way to display and highlight them. Contrasting them against the mirrored finish seemed like a poetic way to bring attention to them."
Schofield's Tarnish Collection will be launched at the designjunction exhibition during September's London Design Festival, as part of design collective Design Event's showcase of talent from the north of England.
Earlier this year, Dezeen spotted a flurry of brass products at both Clerkenwell Design Week and New York design week – signalling a return of the material in contemporary design.
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