Copper Rain Chain
This alternative to a traditional downspout is also a notable design statement.
Not only is this Lily Flower Cups copper rain chain a visually pleasing alternative to traditional downspouts, it’s also a notable design statement. I first came across it when developing a story for the magazine— the architect found a streamlined way to incorporate the chain into a flat-roof overhang. It required more ingenuity than a conventional installation, which is what made me first notice the kusari-toi, a Japanese word that translates to “chain gutter.” Rain chains are widely used in Japanese architecture, which tends toward a simple aesthetic. Effectively, they are a kind of water feature, which makes them a nice addition to the residential landscape. They also produce a relaxing tinkling sound during a light rain. This particular model is made of thick, pure copper and comes in lengths that run from 8 ft. to 15 ft. The cup width and height both measure 2-1/4 in., and each cup has three 1/4-in. holes in the bottom for drainage. They cost $20 per ft.
—Kiley Jacques, design editor
From Fine Homebuilding #293