We recently touched base with our clients Darryl and Paulina and thought it about time I dust off this blog and give it some life!

Did you know that copper has a rich history dating back thousands of years? Copper has been mined in Chile since it's first discovery over 10,000 years ago and, to this day Chile is still the top copper producer in the world. Chile supplies up to 30% of the world's copper every year! But you're probably thinking 'wow Beth that's cool but, what does Chile have to do with this?'

Well, throughout the development process of Darryl and Paulina's custom copper basin request, we got to know them both quite well and learned that Paulina comes Chilean heritage hence why copper holds a special place in her heart.

In this blog, we'll delve into the historical significance of copper, explore its evolution as a material for basins and baths and, share a bit more of Darryl and Paulina's journey with Empire Copper.

When it comes to bathroom design, copper basins are making a triumphant return, adding a touch of timeless elegance and sophistication to modern interiors. The use of copper for basins and baths can be traced back to ancient civilizations. In particular, the Romans were pioneers in developing elaborate bathing rituals, and they frequently utilised copper and bronze for their opulent bath houses. These copper basins were not only functional but also works of art, displaying exquisite craftsmanship and intricate detailing, the kind of work we pride ourselves on.

In our modern era, copper basins and baths have experienced a resurgence in popularity during the Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th and 21st centuries. This movement celebrates handcrafted, high-quality materials, including copper, which has always been favoured for its warm, inviting appearance. Copper bathtubs and basins have become a symbol of luxury and craftsmanship.

Darryl and Paulina are married, with two children; Alex and Georgie. Whilst Darryl is an engineer and Paulina is a full-time mum studying to be a lawyer, they still find time to invest in projects around the home. We were first contacted by Darryl and Paulina in April 2022 when they came across our website in search of a Copper Basin. After a great discovery call with Cam, it was decided that we would adapt our current Hammered Copper Bowl design to add depth, width and create a space for a waste hole at the base, thus creating a basin. 

Darryl and Paulina loved the Copper Basin so much that just couple of months later, they commissioned us for a second! Here's what they had to say: 

"It was all so easy to speak with Cam & Beth, hear their expertise, and order and receive an heirloom item we absolutely love. Our two bathroom basins are real, living art treasures that we get to not just see, but use on a daily basis. Divine!

These will be the central focus of our bathroom, and we cannot wait to tell its (Empire Copper) story to all our house guests & visitors. In a day and age where so much is factory made and/or disposable, it feels incredibly precious to have an artistic item of beauty and functional value, handmade here in WA, becoming part of our house and home.

We are so grateful to Cam & Beth for their artistic eye, their kindness, their professionalism and of course, the handmade and bespoke items they produce. The items give us joy every day – we highly, highly recommend Empire Copper. "

Handmade Copper Basin sitting upon a red wood bathroom counter. There is a bath to the left and a large round mirror behind the countertop.A front on image of a hammered, copper basin made by Empire Copper. The basin sits upon a red wood bathroom counter. There is a large round mirror behind it and loads of flowers on the right hand-side of the counter.

Reading these kind words, was the first time a customer has ever made me cry
, ...in a good way of course!

Why Copper is a Good Bathroom Basin Material?

  1. Durability: Copper is exceptionally durable and corrosion-resistant, making it an ideal choice for bathroom fixtures. It can withstand the test of time, maintaining its beauty and functionality for decades.

  2. Antibacterial Properties: Copper possesses natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help inhibit the growth of harmful pathogens in the bathroom environment, promoting a healthier space.

  3. Aesthetic Appeal: Copper basins exude a warm and inviting ambiance. Their unique patina develops over time, giving each basin a distinct character that enhances the overall look of your bathroom.

  4. Easy Maintenance: Copper basins are relatively low-maintenance. Regular cleaning with a mild soap and water solution is usually all that's required to keep them looking stunning.

  5. Environmentally Friendly: Copper is a recyclable material, making it an eco-conscious choice for those who prioritize sustainability.

Copper basins are not just trendy fixtures; they are a testament to the enduring allure and functionality of this timeless metal. With a history dating back millennia, copper has evolved from a symbol of wealth and status to a practical and beautiful choice for modern bathroom design.

The only question that now remains is, should we add handcrafted copper basins to our core range? 

You know what to do... let us know in the comments! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

 Love, Cam + Beth

September 28, 2023 — Elizabeth Fleming

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