Metalier brass polish

Brass polish in stunning fitout

Brass polish a keynote in Auckland Apartment

Metalier coatings in a brass polish has been used to great effect on cabinetry in the lounge area of an Auckland apartment. The designer of this stunning fitout is Auckland-based designer Lauren Hare of Hare Interiors Ltd. The images are by David Straight.

Metalier brass polish, stunning fitout

 

Brass polish is 95% metal

Metalier Coatings are a composite of real metal powder and a binder. When sanded and polished the coating is 95% metal which makes it extremely durable. It also shines to a very high polish. Because of the composite nature of the product, however, there is an element of moodiness in it, even with a high polish.  This adds movement depth and interest to the end product.

The Metalier feature provides a focus

This quality of the finished product is demonstrated by its use in this residential interior and provides a focus for the other elements of the room. The brass, gold, pink and oatmeal, together with the little floral hint in two of the cushions, add up to an interior we’re proud to be a part of.

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We happen to know that there is a glorious view out the window on the left of the image. The subtleties and warmth of the décor allow a balance between the inside and the outdoors.

Lauren is a regular user of Metalier Coatings and we enjoy working with her. She prides herself on intimate detailing and a mastery of form, scale and sensitivity to materiality.  We know that any project from Hare will be exciting and interesting to work on and one that we will be proud to have in our portfolio.

 

 

 

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Liquid metal Metalier new website

New Website for Metalier Liquid Metal

New Website launched - Hooray!

If you’ve already arrived at this page you will know that Metalier has updated its website. It was a mission to get it exactly how we wanted it.

Easier for specifiers

Each country section of the new website is designed to be easier to use for architects, designers and other specifiers.  Go to the GET METALIER section of the site to see how to do just that - get Metalier.

The new website showcases our global presence

The new website is also designed to showcase Metalier’s international presence with a global website. So far, the International site is live. So too is the New Zealand site. The North American site is live albeit with the old look for now. Vietnam is live and is being translated into Vietnamese. We can’t wait to add the UK, Australia and the other Metalier centres that are coming on stream.

The old site had served us well but needed a refresh.  After that the main driver is to direct all visitors to seeing a selection of the amazing finishes possible with Metalier. So the button in the middle of the page saying “View Metals” should do that job nicely. We’ll see.

Become a distributor or an applicator

The other objective of the international part of the site is to tell people what the process is and to encourage interest in becoming part of the Metalier Team. That seems to be working nicely too – so if you are interested and you are hanging back that’s not a good idea. We are growing exponentially and it is an exciting process. Don’t miss the bus.

Every new website designer likes to think that their design is a good one. We’re no exception. We would love feedback, however. There will be typos and grammatical crimes no doubt and we’d love to be told if you spot one. We can also take criticism on the chin, so let us have it –

You can telephone us or email us or you could fill in the form below. Whichever means you choose, we love to hear from you.

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The Sugar Club brass doors in Metalier liquid metal

Why Liquid Metal - 10 reasons

Why Liquid Metal?

Why liquid metal is a question that is frequently asked when people are first introduced to Metalier liquid metal coatings.

So what is the answer and why liquid metal from Metalier?

Open the door and come on in and find out.

First - Metalier transforms mundane substrates into spectacular sumptuous metal.

Metalier liquid metal can be applied to almost any substrate – in fact all substrates that can be roughened or “keyed” for good adhesion.

That only rules out waxed surfaces and people!  The people won’t stand still while being sanded.   All jokes aside, did you know coating the girl in gold in the James Bond Goldfinger film would not have been fatal?  Oh well, it was only in the movies.

Second – it is light.

It is easier to install a Metalier-coated piece of MDF than a sheet of metal.  Less bracing is required.  Sometimes it is the only way you can achieve a metal finish – in yachts and airplanes for example.

One of our clients told us they rued the day they chose sheet metal over Metalier.  The workmen dropped the heavy panels and gouged the concrete floor.

Third – it is seamless.

The limitations of sheet metal just simply don’t exist.  No more joins where you don’t want joins.

Provided you keep a wet edge you can keep on applying Metalier until you have run out of wall, or roof or it’s time for lunch.  A little secret – if you want to coat a dome, you need two sprayers who start together and then meet round the other side.  That means they each have a wet edge when they meet.

Fourth – it is cold

Metalier is a cold process, so delicate substrates are not damaged.  It can be applied to almost anything from paper to fibreglass, polystyrene, latex and stone.

Being able to coat unusual substrates such as polystyrene and latex means that Metalier liquid metal is a boon for the film and larp industries.

There is hardly a more cost-effective substrate than MDF.  Metalier simply transforms this humble builders’  “go-to” material into glamorous, lustrous metal.

Fifth – it isn’t limited to flat surfaces.

It goes round curves – both concave and convex.  Even complex designs in almost any configuration can be coated with Metalier metals.

It’s quite frankly expensive to mould or curve sheet metal and statues and other complex designs, in the absence of liquid metal, need to be cast.  There is no practical alternative for complicated pieces like the Dr Gloom statue which we coated on polystyrene.

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Liquid metal also goes round corners.  It is easy to apply a liquid metal coating to a cupboard door, for example.  The edges can all be coated at the same time as the front face for a seamless look.  If the door was clad in sheet metal the edges would have to be cut and applied separately.  More time and more expense.

Sixth - it is easier to cut than sheet metal.

Cutting though sheet metal requires more robust tooling than cutting through MDF or other substrates which have metal coating of under 1mm.

Seventh – it is available in many more metals and colourways than sheet metal.

Currently Metalier has 14 metals available - aluminium, iron, gold brass, green brass, bronze, chocolate bronze, smoky bronze, gunmetal bronze, salmon copper, dark copper, dusky copper, black copper and nickel silver.  We are currently testing zinc and white bronze.

In addition to the metals above manufactured at source we can mix powders together to create aluminium blush, champagne gold, classic gold, rich gold, rose gold and gunmetal silver.

Metalier metals can be custom mixed to clients’ specifications.  The champagne gold for Harrods of Knightsbridge, London was created to a client's exact colour specification.

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Eighth – it can be textured, patinated and waxed.

An infinite variety of textures can be created using Metalier’s solvent system and proprietary thickener.  They can be fine or heavy.  They can be created using ordinary household implements such as spatulas, rollers and even paper.

And then there is patination.  Metalier produces 3 different patinas which allow the creation of a myriad of different effects.  There is rust, of course, and also pearlescent effects, aging and Verdigris.

Black waxes will also create different effects, particularly on aluminium and the lighter metals.

Metalier finishes are boutique and hand-crafted so no two finishes will ever look the same and no two applicators will produce identical work.  That is one of the beauties of the product and is compelling for architects and designers who are always pushing design barriers.  It is also important for clients looking for the individual and unique.

Ninth – it is cost-effective.

Not only will the metal itself be cost effective, but you will save money on cutting, installing and bracing.

Tenth – It is environmentally friendly.

It is important for us all at Metalier to tread lightly on the earth.  Our coatings are so fine that they use a fraction of the planet’s resources when compared to sheet or foundry metal.

And why liquid metal from Metalier?

There is actually an eleventh reason to choose Metalier and that is our proprietary Metal Clear Coat.  This product is nano-based and very fine.  A very light spray of clear coat will stop the metal oxidizing and still allow the lustre of the metal to shine through.  This is exclusive to Metalier and Metalier distributors and applicators.  As our distributor in UK and Europe, Craig McDonald of Granlyn Specialist Coatings says “There is nothing like it on the market in the UK or Europe.”  We know!

But don’t take our word why liquid metal. Here is what our customers say:

David Ponting : Architectural Designer
“This is metal as art”.

Chris Norris: Brand Partners
“I just want to say it looks amazing and it isn’t until we turn it over can we tell that the surface is actually acrylic, not steel.”

Libby Priscott
“Metalier is a revelation and I am telling all my friends about it.”

Glenda Ray
“The door is in place and looks brilliant and we have had comments from a couple of tradespeople about how different it is.”

Felicia Wan: Creative Spaces
“Thanks for all your help this year.  The project looks fantastic”.

Shane George: Kitchens by Design
“I love working with your product”.

Join the party – get in touch now.

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Metalier liquid metal bronze ballet shoes

Lightweight Liquid Metal

Metalier’s coating is a lightweight liquid metal.

Being so light is one of the advantages of this incredibly versatile material.  It is the second reason we give for Why Liquid Metal?

It can be used as a replacement to sheet or solid metal when weight is important – in an aeroplane, a yacht or even a bigger sailing vessel.

Using a lightweight liquid metal can also make fit-outs more practical even if the end result doesn’t require lightness.  It is much easier to install an MDF panel coated in Metalier lightweight liquid metal than it is to install a piece of sheet metal.  It’s easier to carry, easier to drill and if it is dropped the floor is likely to suffer less.

The concept of lightness

Nothing conjures up the concept of lightness more than a traditional ballerina in classic dress.  The ballet shoes shown date back to 2005 and we still have the original shoe in our workshop.  Still designers and architects marvel that we have coated a real ballet shoe with Metalier lightweight liquid metal in bronze.  It is finished off with green patina to create a verdigris look.

When we began our liquid metal journey back in 2005 we hadn’t done any work to showcase on our website so we chose items that would showcase the qualities and attributes of our material.  These ballet shoes were given to us by a real ballerina who had danced in them.

The shoes also show another feature of Metalier liquid metal coatings.  They transform the mundane into the spectacular – the first reason Why Liquid Metal.  While no-one would call a pristine new pink pair of toe shoes mundane, they have certainly become mundane by the time they have reached the end of their useful life on the stage.  Transformed by Metalier they become a permanent keepsake.

Memorabilia is by no means a large part of the Metalier business but we have enjoyed all the opportunities to contribute to people’s memories.

If you need lightweight liquid metal coatings for your next project send us an email or complete the form below.

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Metalier liquid metal rose gold detail from Epsilon salon

Liquid metal colour range

Metalier liquid metal colour range is almost infinite

The liquid metal colour range available from Metalier is huge.  We say it's almost infinite because in 12 years of creating new and exciting finishes we haven't got to the end of the possibilities yet.

The liquid metal colour range is made up of standard and bespoke colours

The standard Metalier colour range includes the following colours:  aluminium, iron, gold brass, green brass, bronze, chocolate bronze, smoky bronze, gunmetal bronze, salmon copper, dark copper, dusky copper, black copper and nickel silver.  We call these colours our standard range as they come ready-created from our metal suppliers.  All the applicator has to do is mix the metal with the chosen binder (add MEKP if it's the solvent) and get spraying.

Bespoke metals are individually created

In the workshop at HQ in Auckland, NZ we have created a number of custom-mixed colours.  We pass on the formulas to our hubs and applicators of course.  Mixed colours include aluminium blush, classic gold, rich gold, rose gold and gunmetal silver.  The rose gold pictured - our newest creation and one of our favourites was created specially for the Epsilon Hair Salon in Mount Maunganui.  The theme-colour of this beautiful salon is pink and there is rose gold on the floor, on the balustrades and on the light-fittings.  It goes well with the holistic, cruelty-free ethos of the salon and its owner.  You can see more of the fit-out at the Salon website.

The team at HQ aren't the only clever ones, however.  It was our UK team that devised the champagne gold that was specially created for a ban of escalators at Harrods of London.

We love a challenge and matching metals to a specific brief is something that we love to do.  The vast range of options available are one of the 11 reasons why you should choose Metalier coatings.

So contact us if you would like a special metal colour created just for you.  Email or telephone (+64 9 376 7099) or you could complete the form below.

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Metalier liquid metal gunmetal bronze texture

Textured liquid metal: subtle or dramatic

Chose textured liquid metal

Textured liquid metal is one of the attractions of Metalier real metal coatings.   With texture you can create a vast array of different looks.  It’s the eighth reason why you should choose the Metalier liquid metal system.

Mud pies for grown-ups

With Metalier you can create elegant repetitive patterns such as sandscrit.  You can also go wild creating random heavy looks.  There is something very satisfying about making a toothpaste-like mix of binder and metals and applying it with a spatula or spoon or other ordinary house-hold implement.  Our team even make patterns using paper. It’s mud pies for grown-ups.

The ability to texture also means that you can create special effects using leaves and other things from nature.  Leaves, for example, can become part of the final finish or just lightly applied and then lifted off leaving a leaf-print.  You can use the same techniques on any pattern you like – we’ve seen it used with shapes and even with fish.  Maybe it would even work with those ubiquitous front door swans that were so fashionable in the 1950s – but then, maybe not.

We love the subtle textures introduced into the finish featured in this blog.  It was completed by our talented team in North America.  You can check out their website here.

Patinas and waxes

Patination is most effective when applied to textured liquid metal. The 3 different patinas Metalier produces create rust, pearlescent effects, aging and Verdigris.  The highs and lows of textured finishes show the variety that patina creates – strongly coloured in the depths with high polish on the highs. Black waxes also work well on the textures for the same reason – dark lows and light highs.

Boutique and hand-crafted

Metalier finishes are boutique and hand-crafted so no two finishes will ever look the same.  No two applicators will produce identical work.   Sometimes the same applicator can’t repeat what he or she did before!  This is one of the great attractions of the Metalier system. Architects and designers can pushing design barriers and clients receive an individual and unique look.

Pretty compelling we think.

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Metalier Liquid metal brass in Invive salon

Brass design luxury

Great brass design enhances spa fit-out

The brass design in this stunning fit-out for Invive Spa is the key feature which holds the design together.  Talented designer, Bridget Taylor from Spaceworks Design Group, is a fan of Metalier Coatings and uses them whenever she can.  On this occasion the subtle use of the brass metal rods set off the luscious colours chosen for the fit-out.  What you won't know unless you're up with our secrets is that the rods started life as pieces of wood.  They only became brass when they were finished with our Metalier brass coating.

Brass design pieces add a touch of luxury

The creator of Invive, Hayley Nithi has visited many luxury spas around the world.  Her intention is to re-energise and modernise the spa industry in New Zealand.  Building Invive and bringing the luxuries of the world to New Zealand is just the beginning.  The fit-out in general and the brass design pieces in particular are all in line with and provide a great home for the luxury products and services offered in the spa.

Sometimes less is more

The old adage that sometimes less is more is very apt.  Although obviously we'd like you to coat every available surface with Metalier sometimes that just doesn't work out and could be seriously over the top.  The brass design in Invive is like the jewel in the crown - the light touch that brings the whole design together.

The philosophy behind Invive resonates with us too.  It's holistic just like the philosophy of Epsilon Hair which also featured touches of Metalier - this time in rose gold.  This sits well with the Metalier wish to tread lightly on the earth by conserving its resources as much as we can.  We do this by using recycled metals and fine coatings so that we use as little of the earth's elements as possible.

All our wonderful distributors support this philosophy too and here is how to contact them:
UK, USA, India, Vietnam and Australia.

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Metalier liquid metal drak copper bowl

New dark copper colour : liquid metal

Dark Copper is the new copper colour from Metalier

We named the new copper from Metalier "dark copper".  When you compare it to Metalier's original copper the difference is immediately noticeable and dramatic.  The larger pile of powder on the left of the picture below is Metalier's original copper colour.  The smaller pile on the right is dark copper.  We've named the original copper salmon copper.  It is a salmon pink colour - hence the name.

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The addition of the new copper to the range gives Metalier an additional colour.  It also allows our applicators  to create a new range of "hybrids" - metal colours that can be mixed on the spot by combining two or more of the standard metal colours we offer.  Think of rose gold, rich gold, aluminium blush and rose aluminium.  Copper features as a component in each of these hybrids.

The gorgeous dark copper bowl featured was created by one of our newest distributors, Abel & Glen of Sydney, Australia.  Abel & Glen are tasked with taking Metalier across the ditch from New Zealand.  We're very pleased to have them in the Metalier team and even more pleased when they turn out work like this bowl.  We'll tell you more about them shortly - we've asked them what they'd like us to say about them.  So far they've been a bit coy!  In the meantime, if you're in Australia and you'd like a copper bowl or something else then you can contact Abel and Glen here or complete the form below and we'll put you in touch with each other.

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Great design: Metalier liquid metal

Great design principles

Great design and what it means is in some ways subjective.

No doubt there are philosophers who have expounded on the subject – probably at some length.  There are also some elements, such as balance, composition and functionality that must be in sync for a design to be great.

At Metalier, we’ve often worked with Sue Gillbanks of Kitchens by Design and the picture above is one of Sue’s kitchens.  In this kitchen the design’s central element is the unusual pattern and colour in the stone splash back.  The palette is muted in tones of cream and a mushroom brown.  Sue has carried forward the colours into the cream bench and the cream cabinets with their brown handles.  The range-hood tones perfectly in Metalier smoky bronze (one of Sue’s favourite metals).  The table and chairs complete the brown contribution to the theme.

Variety is added with having glass in the end cabinet to show off the owners’ glassware and crockery and there is a touch of whimsy in the little shelf high on the left side of the splash back. The towel rails with their ceramic knobs are a quirky touch too.

This kitchen is an illustration of all the elements that make up great design in our opinion – subjectivity again!  Above all good design contributes to how we live and how happily and well we live and function.  I am sure that the cook or cooks who get to work in this kitchen just love every minute they spend in this room.  I imagine too that this translates into the great dishes that are produced here.  And you certainly wouldn’t want to leave it in a mess!

And don’t forget that the design has to be stunningly beautiful.  We think this kitchen is and we’d love to take it home.

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Metalier liquid metal copper on a baseball

Copper baseball - any substrate

Copper baseball shows off an unusual substrate

This copper baseball was coated and polished by our friends and distributors in North America, M2 Supply of Elkhart Indiana.  It illustrates clearly the Metalier mantra that we can coat almost any substrate.  There is no doubt that this is a genuine and used baseball.  You can even see the little fibres on the surface of the ball.  And the copper baseball, because it is curved, is an ideal vehicle to show off the shine and beauty of the metal.

Any substrate!

The “any substrates” that can be coated with Metalier are almost unlimited.  The main requirement is for the substrate to be able to take a key.  For Metalier liquid metal to bond to the substrate it needs to be slightly roughened.  This creates strong adhesion which lasts for years.  In fact, there is no reason for Metalier to ever delaminate if the initial bond is properly formed.

Polystyrene, which is frequently used for props, in theatre, film and entertainment venues requires a barrier coating.  The barrier coating needs to be able to take a key too. It’s not rocket science though.  Even regular paints require sanding between coats for good adhesion.

Most of the work that Metalier is contracted for is seen in great fit-outs like Dior, The Sugar Club, Paul Smith and Harrods of London.

There’s another side to the business too. We’ve had fun with lots of substrates – we’ve coated bathtubs and basins, gumboots and baby shoes.  One of our most moving commissions was coating a cap which was to be a part of a tombstone.  It was for the grave of a young lad who had died tragically young.  It broke us up doing the work but we were proud too to contribute to the memorial.

If you have something unusual that you would like us to coat as well as your front door, fireplace surrounds, kitchen cabinets, floors or hundreds of bedheads in your hotel, please contact us here or complete the form below.  You can also ready more about possible substrates here.

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