New Challenge Launched to Showcase the Beauty of Copper in the Home

June 6, 2013


Enter the Copper Home Innovation Challenge—CHIC for Short—to Highlight Your Copper Interior Accents

NEW YORK, NY— Do you have a special hammered copper bathtub? An interesting piece of copper wall art? Or a fanciful lawn fountain made from brass or copper? Then enter it in the Copper Home Innovation Challenge (CHIC, for short), a challenge launched by the Copper Development Association (CDA).

Entrants can be homeowners or designers who have a creative aesthetic use of copper in any of these four categories:  Kitchen and Bath, Living Space and Outdoor/Garden and Decorative Artwork. The first place winner will receive a $250 gift card to William Sonoma.

Beginning today, contestants can enter to win by submitting 50 words about their project and what makes it unique, along with photos or a video of the completed product. All projects must be submitted online at Deadline for entries is October 15, 2013. All projects will be judged by Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID and Principal of DCI Studios; Meghan Edwards, Web Editor for Interior Design magazine; and Wayne Seale, Project Manager of Architectural Applications at the Copper Development Association.

“Copper has been used in home décor for centuries,” noted Victoria Prather, CDA communications manager. “From a brass lamp to a custom cocktail table to the kitchen sink, copper has graced our homes and added warmth and beauty to our lives. With this Copper Home Innovation Challenge we want to put a focus on the special place that this timeless and malleable metal has had in our everyday lives.”

Indeed, the timeless beauty of copper and brass accessories and accents comfortably fit into contemporary, modern, traditional and eclectic interiors. It is a metal that is most likely found in every home.  In fact, brass—which is created using copper and zinc—is a traditional gift for the seventh wedding anniversary.

Not only is copper a beautiful decorative metal, it is essential for daily life. Copper is the third most common mineral in the body and is very important for many enzyme systems throughout our bodies.  Copper helps in blood vessel formation, helps maintain a healthy heart and helps to stabilize the connective tissue that binds one part of the body to another. It is necessary for brain development before and after birth, and can be obtained from a balanced diet including whole grains, nuts, seeds, organ meats (liver, kidney), shellfish, legumes, and dark chocolate.

The Copper Development Association is the market development, engineering and information services arm of the copper industry, chartered to enhance and expand markets for copper and its alloys. For more information about CHIC, including challenge rules, visit the Copper Home Innovation Challenge website.