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One is never too old to learn, and this is often made evident with words. We read, talk and write all day and yet new words constantly come out of the woodwork. This is even more frequent in the design world, where new trends are formed and old fashions return constantly.

Today the word that got our team debating was patinated, derived from patina.

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We were describing a big and gorgeous workbench that had been recovered from a dump and found in an antique shop in Rome. With cracks and discolouration, it was the true definition of patinated:

“a thin usually green layer that forms naturally on the metals copper and bronze when they are exposed to the air for a long time; a shiny or dark surface that forms naturally on something that is used for a long time (www.merriam-webster.com)”

We are a fan of patination. We are also a fan of learning new words. Tweet us your favourite words, or design terms you would like us to explore @Elle_Deco.

Compiled by Megan Schumann