Metals of Honour

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Aubock Watering Can; Plank and Block Paper Weight by Daniel. Emma; Baggu Leather Pouch; Form Bowls by Tom Dixon.

Aubock Watering Can; Plank and Block Paper Weight by Daniel. Emma; Baggu Leather Pouch; Form Bowls by Tom Dixon. Image: Jason Berge

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Chrome Dog Bank; KNIFEFORKSPOON Collection for Alessi; Hammered Aluminium Plate; Thermo Insulated Jug by Kristiina Lassus for Alessi.

Chrome Dog Bank; KNIFEFORKSPOON Collection for Alessi; Hammered Aluminium Plate; Thermo Insulated Jug by Kristiina Lassus for Alessi. Image: Jason Berge

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Cast Mini Jack Copper by Tom Dixon; Japanese Tea Caddy; Hex Champagne Bucket in Copper by Tom Dixon.

Cast Mini Jack Copper by Tom Dixon; Japanese Tea Caddy; Hex Champagne Bucket in Copper by Tom Dixon. Image: Jason Berge

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In light of the London Olympics, Urbis celebrates some of the most playful, contemporary design objects in gold, silver and bronze. Scroll through the image gallery above to view objects.

Aubock Watering Can
Designed by Carl Aubock and crafted from polished and varnished brass, this elegant watering can perfectly exemplifies the designer’s modernist approach to industrial design. everyday-needs.com

Plank and Block Paper Weight by Daniel. Emma
This handsome polished brass paper weight is part of the popular D.E collection by emerging design duo, Daniel To and Emma Aiston. douglasandbec.co.nz

Baggu Leather Pouch
Tuck your coins away in this simple gold leather pouch made in NYC. douglasandbec.co.nz

Form Bowls by Tom Dixon
Part of Tom Dixon’s ‘Eclectic’ collection, these striking little gold bowls are forged with expert precision. ecc.co.nz

Chrome Dog Bank
Save up your pennies in this playful chrome poodle bank. design55.co.nz

KNIFEFORKSPOON Collection for Alessi
Jasper Morrison’s stunning 24-piece cutlery design for Alessi showcases the designer’s minimalist approach and attempt to strip the functional object back to its purest form. simonjamesdesign.com

Hammered Aluminium Plate
Put your precious gems on this intricately crafted chrome design from sfera. simonjamesdesign.com

Thermo Insulated Jug by Kristiina Lassus for Alessi
Make your morning coffee a little more indulgent with this sleek, refined jug concept by Kristiina Lassus for Alessi. simonjamesdesign.com

Cast Mini Jack Copper by Tom Dixon
This striking doorstop in copper plated aluminium is a cast miniature of the ubiquitous Tom Dixon Jack Light. ecc.co.nz

Japanese Tea Caddy
Pick up some fresh tea leaves and store them stylishly in this air-tight, hand-made tea caddy. everyday-needs.com

Hex Champagne Bucket in Copper by Tom Dixon
In this delicate piece from Tom Dixon’s Hex Collection, solid copper pieces are hand worked to create a hammered hexagonal pattern and a beaten-look finish. ecc.co.nz

Styling - Sara Black, Fili Tulisi & Nicole Stock.


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