Nothing spells opulence and glamour as much as precious metals. Silver artefacts have always been a part of home décor. In its modern avatar, silver finds way into artefacts as well as home furniture.
Designers are constantly on the lookout for newer materials which are strong, durable and mouldable into desired shape, when they design home artefacts and furniture. The result is a constant research for new materials, which would also be greener and environment friendly. In addition, it must be accepted by a more discerning and educated segment of customers. Not surprisingly, they have found great solace in silver.
HOT chats with Mr. Prashant Sarawgi, Managing Director, SR Artefacts to know more about using silver artefacts and silver furniture.
What is the reason behind people tending to prefer using silver in furniture and artefacts?
Silver as a metal is synonymous with luxury and exudes a regal feeling. Those with a finer taste, more often opt for something that is unique and bespoke. Silver furniture, owing to its rare appearance in homes, does have a preference for those who want a feeling of pure luxury and aesthetic appeal.
How do you feel silver furniture can be aesthetically balanced in a room, so its not overwhelming?
There are limitations when it comes to the finishes applied on wooden furniture and so people tend to opt for polish or paint. Using silver furniture can help break monotony in a space. Add a silver chair and table set in your bedroom and see how it immediately breaks the monotonous wooden look. A silver sofa in a living room or a silver dining table and chair set make for great statement pieces in a home.
What are the practical challenges of working with silver while designing furniture?
Wooden furniture is clad with silver in the form sheets. This process makes it inconvenient to use silver in a furniture piece with multiple crevices and makes it practically challenging to execute a very detailed design.
Can you give any tips for maintaining silver pieces?
It is very easy to maintain if its regularly wiped. Regular dry wiping will prevent the metal from tarnishing and oxidation. It’s best to use a dry soft flannel cloth while wiping. Some people like to lacquer their furniture pieces for easy maintenance. However, we don’t highly recommend it as the overall look will change.
A silver piece adds a glamour quotient and the sheen from the shiny surface draws attention to the space in which it is placed. Not only do silver artefacts add grandeur to your interiors, but also define luxury to a great extent.