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Our Materials

Our hardware is designed for your modern, often busy, home. We therefore work with high quality, durable materials, offered in a range of finishes — so you have choice.


To offer a varied collection of hardware, that's as practical as it is good looking, we consult a number of criteria when selecting the material for each product.

METAL HARDWARE

Base metals

Our metal hardware is made of one of three different base materials; brass, stainless steel or aluminum. We juggle a few different considerations when selecting which base material to create a design in, and the colour of that base material won’t always be reflected in the end product — it’s not that simple, but we can explain…

WHAT IS BRASS HARDWARE?

Brass hardware

Brass is the generic term used for a range of copper-zinc alloys. It’s the hardware finish we’re most popular for, so the majority of our brass-looking designs will in fact be manufactured from solid brass, which we then finish with a protective clear lacquer.

As well as looking lovely, brass is a great material for us to manufacture with. It has a low melting point, meaning it can be cast into beautiful shapes and machined to add intricate textures. Brass is highly durable and will withstand years of wear and tear, so is well suited to your busy home. It’s easy to clean and maintain, plus is resistant to corrosion and so won’t rust easily. Our brass tends to be lacquered but, if you have some that isn’t, its natural properties are also praised for their ability to kill bacteria.

IS THERE LEAD IN BRASS?

Brass and lead content

Our brass cabinet hardware contains very low levels of lead (between 1 and 3%). It softens the material slightly, allowing for it to be machined into beautiful designs. Lead is not absorbed through the skin, but can only be absorbed if it is inhaled or ingested — neither of which is possible when the material is in its solid form.

Whilst this small tolerance is considered safe by industry standards across most of the globe, the California Proposition 65 law requires us to warn Californians of the potential dangers of having these products in your home. Excess exposure to lead can cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

In accordance with the act, we will flag a warning message on relevant products.

WHAT IS STAINLESS STEEL HARDWARE?

Stainless steel hardware

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron that’s resistant to rusting and corrosion. It contains at least 11% chromium. 

Prior to conducting our first carbon audit in 2020, we made all of our “silvery” finished products from solid brass, then electroplated them to achieve our Satin Nickel or Industrial Grey finishes. It came to light that these processes generated relatively large amounts of carbon, which could otherwise be avoided.

Our new approach? We shifted to stainless steel. The finish is slightly different to that of our former “silvers”, but it’s way less carbon intensive to create them — one key reason being that  it’s naturally silver-toned and sheeny. As a corrosion-resistant material, it doesn’t require any special coatings or treatments — it’s just perfect as it is. To boot, stainless steel is one of the most hardy and resilient materials in existence, able to withstand harsh environments over long periods of time. It’s also readily recyclable.

WHAT IS ALUMINUM HARDWARE?

Aluminum hardware

Aluminum is the most abundant metallic element in Earth's crust and the most widely used non ferrous metal.

A similar story to above, we once made all of our black-toned hardware from solid brass, then electroplated it to achieve a black finish. Our 2020 carbon audit uncovered this was too carbon intensive to sustain, so we turned to aluminum for a more responsible manufacturing solution.

Aluminum’s super lightweight properties mean that it’s not only light to handle, but it’s also easier to transport — less energy is required to move it, therefore less emissions are generated in its lifecycle. It’s also resistant to corrosion, so won’t rust, plus is infinitely recyclable. So many wins.

Where possible, all new black hardware products we create are manufactured from anodised aluminum.

THE CARBON CONUNDRUM

Metals and their impact

Having once made all hardware from brass, we now make products according to the finish we want to achieve — in the least carbon intensive way possible.

See the impact of creating the same product from three different materials; brass, stainless steel and aluminium.

Solid Brass:

Our classic finish, with a clear protective lacquer.

1.67kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (1.5  Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)

Stainless Steel:

Durable and corrosion-resistant, with a steely-silvery tone.

1.12kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (2 Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)

Black Aluminum:

Featherweight anodized aluminum, in a slick black finish.

0.66kg CO2e per 185mm pull handle (3 Handles for the carbon price of 1 cotton t-shirt)

Caring For Your Hardware

No matter what material you opt for, it's important that you care for your hardware to ensure it looks its best and doesn’t age prematurely. For all options — solid brass, aluminum and stainless steel — we advise regular, non-abrasive cleaning with a cloth and warm, soapy water. Avoid chemical-based cleaners.

Continual Improvement

We’re proud to have made these material improvements, but it’s just the start of an on-going commitment to bettering the products we offer you whilst reducing our carbon footprint.

Have suggestions on what more we could be doing? We'd love to hear your thoughts.