New and Now - April 2017
There is nothing better than brand new designs and brands for us to obsess over. I know it goes without saying that it's best to invest in one good piece, once, but seriously, that would be boring. So if you are looking for a change in your decor, you are in just the right place and at the right time I might add. Because I have all the new trends for April and I am happy to share these with you.
So last week you've seen everyone tweeting about Milan Design Week. So many beautiful products there, and if you are currently considering a home makeover, be sure to search the hashtag #SaloneDelMobile to get some ideas of what is going to be trending in 1-3 years down the line. But let's have a look at what's already available and in shops.
INDUSTRIAL & SCANDI TREND
Kicking off with French furniture company PIB's eclectic collection of stylish seating featuring Scandinavian retro, industrial and vintage-style sofas, armchairs, benches, stools and dining chairs, offering designs to suit every interior scheme.
PIB is an online furniture shop which opened for business in 2010 and is now the leading vintage-style furniture store in France. Since expanding to the UK in 2013, PIB currently has an extensive range of both stylish and high-quality items available to order. The website makes it easy to find pieces that complement each other, so that decorating is no longer a chore. The diverse range of homewares and furniture is of the highest quality, sometimes witty and individual, and emanates great style.
PIB Furniture: 1. Danish 54 Chair £175; 2. Stockholm Chair £155; 3. Filipïnn blue pendant light, £35; 4. Piramis Chairs £135; 5. Mabillon Bench Sofa £1,090; Visit PIB here.
The PIB website focuses on three core trends: industrial, country bohemian and Scandinavian. The industrial furniture at PIB consists of robust and timeless pieces, featuring worn metal and sturdy woods. The elegant Scandinavian range has a real vintage focus, particularly on the1940s to the 60s.
Finally, the countryside bohemian furniture is full of character and features patinated woods, country style and colourful charm. PIB stocks hundreds of stunning pieces, most of which are exclusive to them. Many are designed and produced by PIB themselves, whilst others are carefully selected from renowned and trusted brands.
Embracing the botanical/ tropical trends, Sofas & Stuff turn up the heat with a classically proportioned British-made sofa in sizzling Manuel Canovas tropical prints. Hand-made to order, the Brighton is available online in over 165 fabrics or head to one of Sofas & Stuff’s 12 nationwide showrooms where you can order the Brighton in any fabric in the world. Also available in colour-pop velvet.
Above: Brighton midi sofa in Manuel Canovas Delos (£2788). Below: in Ibiza (£2712)
Staying with this trend is Woodchip & Magnolia whose love for wallpaper, for all things eclectic, organic and with a story to tell is captured across their latest collection. It is inspired by British seasonal foraged grasses and seeded foliage. Two on-trend botanical prints have caught my eye and they are ideal for making a feature wall in your home: The Monstrera paper in pink background (LOVE!) and the Nostalgic. Both available on LimeLace.
Photo credit: Woodchip & Magnolia
Also from Limelace is the new Jardin Tropical Wallpaper by designer MINDTHEGAP. An eye-catching pattern that will turn any room into an exotic island. Part of the Tropical Vibes collection this fabulous range features palm fronds, exotic fruits and tropical foliage, giving you an instant holiday vibe.
Photo credit: Mindthegap
Can we ever get bored of gold? I am not so sure. Not yet anyway. So La Cafetière Brushed Gold Coffee Collection from Mia Fleur hits a sweet spot for both those who love coffee/tea and those who love gold. This collection features features a stunning, brushed gold range of premium tea and coffee accessories.
Photo credit: MiaFleur
The unique ‘Pisa’ 8 cup cafetière is an exclusive model that is GHI approved, meaning it has been rigorously independently tested in areas such as design, ease of use and performance. The teapot, cafetière and coffee cups are crafted in stainless steel with heat-resistant borosilicate glass in a double walled design, keeping hot drinks warmer for longer. All items come in a beautiful black and gold gift box. An Easter gift? For the tea pot (£35.95) click here.
If you're after something quirky, try The Curious Department and their new range of Staffordshire fine bone china 'Insect Mandala'. Handmade, high-fired and hand-decorated with gold golding in Stoke-on-Trent it embraces influences from Africa and Asia and represents the hidden beauty of the insect world, melding beetles, ants and flies into a dazzling pattern. It turns tea time into sheer indulgence. Waiter! There's a fly in my plate...
Photo credit: Seasonsicolour
Rockett Saint George knows how to throw a good party - their latest products are set to get everyone talking. The contrast between the gold coloured frame and black tray surfaces on the Casino Trolley (£250) is both elegant and sophisticated and automatically adds an element of class to the room whether standing empty or housing your choice of beverages.
Suitable for use as a cabinet or a dresser, the DAYTONA's ostentatious design (£850) with the geometric pattern means that the cabinet will transform a room and instantly become the statement piece that everyone will want to talk about. Finally, to keep the room tidy, use the Standing Mirror & Valet Stand (£180), a stylish addition to your bedroom or dressing room. The contrast between the black steel frame and gold colour mirror and arms is very sophisticated but will also fit in with any colour scheme.
ALSO Home are excited to announce the opening of our first showroom in Rudgwick, West Sussex. Marking a new era for ALSO Home, the new showroom will inspire homemakers to add brave pops of colour to their tables, beds and sofas, discover the wonders of quality linen, and introduce new textures of seagrass, brushed cotton or waffle to the home.
From linen cushions to inspirational printed quotes for the walls, the showroom is the perfect hub to discover and touch all the detailing we love to add to our products.The ALSO Home SS17 collection brings a renewed focus on Scandinavian and Japanese design – Scandanese. With a focus on tactile and natural materials that are beautifully made, this new stylish collection focuses on shape, form and hand crafted products.
As part of the Harrods Art Partners campaign - which will see a series of collaborations between heritage lifestyle brands and contemporary designers take over London’s landmark department store this April - British luxury bed maker Vispring has partnered with renowned Italian design brand Missoni Home to create three limited-edition beds.
Marking Vispring’s long-standing relationship with Harrods as its prestigious window to the world, the exclusive collection is a fusion of art, fashion and craftsmanship. The new designs demonstrate Vispring’s exceptional craftsmanship and combine its bespoke expertise with Missoni Home’s creativity and fashion influence. Magali Castillo, Global Marketing Director at Vispring said: ‘Missoni Home’s style is characterised by a distinct use of colours and original patterns that celebrate vitality, positive energy and the beauty of life. As such, it felt very intuitive to associate our brand’s ethos‘Sleep well, live better’ with Missoni’s wittiness.’
The Vispring and Missoni Home range is available exclusively at Harrods from 10th April until 7th May 2017.
Calling all cycling enthusiasts! Graham Powell (the other half of Design Hunter, Helen Powell) has launched a new folding bicycle under the brand name WHIPPET. Not only is the new bicycle looking really, REALLY, cool, it has also picked up a Technical Excellence award already and some amazing feedback in Bespoked where it was officially launched this month!
Photo Credit (both): Helen Powell, Design Hunter