I would love to work in the Habitat studio, the designers travel the globe going to exhibitions, design shows, markets and workshops seeking inspiration. What a job!
After their initial research, the products are designed and sourced. The company ethos is to celebrate the craft and the skills of the maker and artist. They re-imagine traditional materials and techniques, designing with a sense of fun for those who appreciate contemporary design, but don’t take things too seriously.
The AW17 colour palette has a new group of matt, chalky and earthy colours. Fennel, Salmon and Paprika are key to the season and create a background for the more saturated brights. New colours include small amounts of Crocus and Satsuma.
A mix of designs worked in 1970’s colour-ways and paired with accents of bold primaries. A bohemian edge is created with loosley woven, up-cycled sari rugs, hand painted accessories and walnut furnishings.
A new range of black tableware has been developed with bold shapes and strong silhouettes in complete contrast to the usual white dinner service.
There are thirty new rugs in the collection many made from recycled materials and are re-interpretations of the traditional Indian wool dhurrie first introduced by Habit in the UK in the 1960’s. What is excellent is that as well as a range of designs, there is also a range of prices, so you should be able to find something to suit your pocket.
As with so many interior companies they have their own version of the velvet sofa and chairs in deep colours to match the sumptuousness of the fabric and the comfort of the furniture.
Pattern is everywhere, often taken from tile designs and then translated into contemporary textiles and ceramics.
In case this collection sounds as if it is all highly ethnic there is also the sleek high glamour inspired by 1970’s Italian design. Marble and brass are still key materials and are used to create a feeling of opulence. Some very nice designs here Habitat.