The Story of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel became a fixture in design over a century ago and has been a classic in home hardware ever since. Its unique qualities provide both practical and beautiful applications in interiors, showcasing streamline design while holding up to the messiness of everyday life. 

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Stainless steel can be used for industrial applications - commercaal kitchens, scientific labs and surgeons galleries all rely on the non-porous and nearly indestructible material. But for everyday applications stainless steel is unmatched. 

Read on for the benefits of stainless steel in your design:

It's Resistant

The chemical makeup of stainless steel makes it nearly impervious to corrosion and perfectly suited to a variety of aggressive environments. While other metals degrade and change throughout time and use, stainless steel is resilient against industrial cleaners, acids and even sea water. 

It's Hygenic

Ever wonder why professional kitchens or operating rooms are fabricated almost exclusively in stainless steel? It’s because its unique structure makes it incredibly easy to clean and maintain. Stainless can even be finished in an anti-microbial coating, for even more enhanced germ resistance.


Seventy-percent of stainless steel is made from recycled scrap metals, making it an important material as we gravitate towards more sustainable options. Stainless steel is also 100% recyclable, meaning it creates no harmful byproducts when being re-used.


When items are made with the highest quality, the need to replace a component decreases. This long life of stainless steel cycle adds to the sustainability of a product and can be repurposed over time. 

Timeless Design

Stainless steel evokes modernity and timelessness, pairing well with most other materials, finishes and tones.  Stainless steel can be polished to a shiny mirror like finish, or brushed into a softer finish making it customizable to any space. Used extensively by industrial designers from the Bauhaus movement to Danish modernism, stainless steel combines form and function effortlessly.

Click below to see our roundup of our favourite stainless steel pieces.

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