Brass has adorned homes, been made into art, and outfitted the wealthy for millennia, important to civilization for its malleability and colour. So for Volker Haug’s newest collection, it seems fitting that the Melbourne, Australia, lighting design studio, founded in 2004, has revisited the alloy. Named und Messing, “and brass” in founder Volker Haug’s native German, this is the first collection the company has released in a few years, as a result of the pandemic.
Showcased at Milan Design Week last year, und Messing embraces disparate designs, unified in their celebration of brass and form. The pieces, which include wall sconces, chandeliers, and table lamps, embody a sense of refined moodiness, the light illuminating the metal’s rich golden hue and casting shadows across the fixtures.
Non-traditional shapes, like the asymmetrical octagonal face of Wall Index and the curving hourglass silhouette of Buckle, are at once timeless and modern. The light maker uses rough-cut brass from salvaged scraps and offset brazing to produce objects full of personality, hand-finished in treatments from polished to dark bronzed. The collection became available for order last summer.