White Bronze is a new material for Emtek, we released our first products this September. There was a great deal of excitement here when we were finally able to unveil our first White Bronze products to the world; it was the culmination of many months of hard work. While this material is new for us, we’ve worked with bronze itself for many years. It is only fitting that we have done so, because bronze has been used by humankind since 3,600 B.C. (Wikipedia.com) and played a significant role in our history, continuing into today. There’s an entire era named after the material, simply known as The Bronze Era. Google the term and you’ll discover how bronze was used in Mesopotamia, through ancient Egypt, Asia, Europe, and finally into the Americas. With the release of White Bronze, we’re feeling a little introspective about bronze, its rich history, and why it remains one of our most popular materials for door hardware today.
At its inception, bronze allowed for the creation of tools, weapons, armor and more, that were sturdier than their stone or copper predecessors (Wikipedia.com). Roman soldiers fought their battles wielding bronze swords. Egyptian Pharaohs were paid homage with bronze statues and headpieces. Many of ancient Greece’s famous sculptures were cast in bronze. The history is rich and varied. But why do we continue to use it today for our door hardware?
Two reasons: durability and beauty. For all the time that has past, bronze still holds up as one of the best materials for casting. Many techniques used in days of old are still in place today. We’ve found ways to be more energy efficient and create less waste, but the tried and true ways of shaping and polishing bronze hold steady. When we send out an Emtek door hardware set, the expectation is for that product to last our customer for many years to come. That’s why we have a limited lifetime warranty – things like bronze are built to last, but if something happens, just let us know and we’ll fix the problem.
Bronze has a beauty to it that transcends design trends and endures the test of time. We have found ways to finish bronze that give it a look to fit any style. For example, look at a medium bronze finish and Emtek’s new white bronze material. They both fit into the bronze family; however, medium bronze has a dark, rich color while white bronze has a light and more polished look. It’s easy to find the right piece of hardware to fit your design style.
However you use it, the timeless material of bronze can find a place in your home. Emtek has been using it for over 30 years and will continue to create beautiful door hardware with it. Like the Romans, like the Egyptians, like so many before us and many who will follow us, we’ll create durable art with bronze.
Until next time,
Your Friends at Emtek