Iridescent: Surface Trend

Iridescent: Surface Trend

From tiles to lighting, designers have tried to capture the changing rainbow of luminous colors found on iridescent materials in their designs. 

Faye Toogood_Assemblage 3_Delicate interference_1

For her third furniture collection, ‘Assemblage 3: Delicate interference’, British designer Faye Toogood was inspired by the iridescent surfaces found in nature. Pieces included an aluminum wall sconce (Shown top) and a chair cast in bronze (above) which have both been chemically treated to create an oxidized finish.

Tom Dixon Lustre Lamps copy

Although Tom Dixon‘s Lustre lamps are made in stone, they appear as if they were cast in a colorful alloy. The hypnotic iridescent sheen is achieved by applying a top-secret glaze that contains minerals and precious metals. The glaze fixes to the stoneware in an unpredictable way so that no two lamps are the same.


Changes in lighting create vibrant color and shade fluctuations to Hakatai Enterprises‘ iridescent Tivoli Series Glass Tile. Made from between 30 and 70% recycled glass, the Tivoli series is ideal for interior and exterior applications, floors, walls, columns, countertops, showers, spas and fountains.

Axial-pendant-light-by-Bec Brittain for SCP

The angular Axial pendant by Brooklyn-based designer Bec Brittain for British brand SCP features a steel shade with an iridescent passivate finish.

Phil Cuttance_Aurora Pot

The lids of Phil Cuttance‘s hand-cast resin Aurora Pots have an iridescent sheen that’s created by submerging the lids under water and adding a few drops of polish onto the surface to form an oily slick. The lids are then lifted up, catching the colourful pattern on the top.

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