Lee West launches Modernist-inspired brass objects

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Lee West launches collection of Modernist-inspired brass objects

The first collection from British designer Lee West's new brand features cylindrical brass items for the home.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Lee West Objects' debut range includes a brass jewellery box, a table lamp, a watering can and a candlestick – the result of a collaboration between the Paris-based designer and fourth generation Austrian Modernist Carl Auböck.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

The entire collection is based on a repeating cylindrical form and made of mirror-polished brass.

Intended for everyday use, the objects will develop a patina over time. A second collection will feature the same objects, ready-patinated.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

"I thought about workshops and the raw materials used by the craftspeople," Lee West told Dezeen.

"Tubes and cylinders seemed appropriate and matched the Modernist aesthetic I was searching for. The intention was then to underline functions in each object with a smaller cylindrical element."

Lee West Objects by Lee West

The low cylindrical jewellery box has a brushed interior. The circular lid with protruding tube-shaped handle doubles up as a hand mirror due to the highly reflective brass surface.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Using the same basic forms, the table lamp takes the form of a taller cylinder with an overhanging flat circular shade. A warm LED light source shines downwards and is bounced off the polished central column.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Another cylinder makes up the body of the watering can – the long thin spout is an elongated version of the handle on the jewellery box lid. An integrated funnel makes the can easy to fill and the long spout facilitates the watering of small indoor plants.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Taking the shape to a smaller scale, solid turned-brass forms function as candleholders when positioned one way up and incense burners when turned the other way.

The candleholders are available in four hand-finishes: mirror polished, heavily cross filed, lightly cross filed and dark patinated with a polished incense area.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

"Brass is a great material because it becomes personalised with use and develops a patina. Like a pair of jeans or a leather jacket, it develops character with time," said the designer.

"I hope people will appreciate the genuine craftsmanship and quality in these pieces. The intention is that the objects are used and last for a long time."

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Each object is hand made under the supervision of Carl Auböck IV at the Carl Auböck workshop in Vienna, founded in 1900.

Lee West Objects by Lee West

Lee West has been working as a designer since 1999 creating objects, furniture and lighting for international clients such as Ligne Roset, Staub and Hermes. This is his first independent collection.