Design Space: Interior design student Henry Tuck talks wood and metal

Tuck says he's always had a passion for interiors.
HENRY TUCK

Tuck says he's always had a passion for interiors.

Every week we ask a Kiwi interior expert to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week Henry Tuck, a 21-year-old Kiwi studying interior design in Melbourne talks about combining wood and metal. 

Ever since I was young I've loved interior design; I'm now 21 and as I get older my passion for beautiful spaces grows. After dipping my toe into the world of graphic design in Wellington, I am now studying interior design in Melbourne, Australia.

The thing I am interested right now is the combination of wood and metal. Their juxtaposition is most representative of my personal interior style.

Here a low-hung industrial lampshade and an industrial fabric spool, repurposed as a plant stand, create an edgy feel ...
HENRY TUCK

Here a low-hung industrial lampshade and an industrial fabric spool, repurposed as a plant stand, create an edgy feel atop a traditional school-style desk.

I love modern interiors with shiny surfaces, clean lines and neutral colours. Yet I also love traditional interiors with wood, patterns, elegant colours and comfortable textures. I have tried to combine them tastefully in my own home and in projects at interior design school.

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Modern metal placed on, with, in, next to, or in the general vicinity of wood (especially traditional wooden furniture) is a real winner.

Together, depending on how they are combined, they can elevate a bland space to make it feel more sophisticated or even edgy.

A good place to start in your home would be to contrast frames, mirrors (and mirrored furniture), vases, lighting and lamps, candlestick holders and tableware.

In this photo I love the high contrast between the dark wooden cabinet and the stainless steel GamFratesi vase. The vase ...
HERNY TUCK

In this photo I love the high contrast between the dark wooden cabinet and the stainless steel GamFratesi vase. The vase offsets the traditional elements around it to make the space feel fresh and sophisticated.

I won't specify which should be metal or wood, as I think you can find beautiful examples of each in both materials. It depends on which direction your current interior leans; is it woody or metallic?

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Don't be afraid of which metal you combine with wood. Colour and tone are important, but in this relationship it's all about the contrasting of texture.

A mirrored table can look amazing when paired with wooden decorations and furniture. Here a simple Mid-Century lamp ...
HENRY TUCK

A mirrored table can look amazing when paired with wooden decorations and furniture. Here a simple Mid-Century lamp looks perfect sat on top of the metallic mirrored surface.

This 'Real Good Chair' in copper (by Bludot) pairs beautifully with pale wood, but would look equally amazing in a space ...
HENRY TUCK

This 'Real Good Chair' in copper (by Bludot) pairs beautifully with pale wood, but would look equally amazing in a space with moodier wooden furniture.

 - Stuff

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