I, like many of you, am saddened by the downward spiral that M&S seem to have got themselves into. Apart from Bra’s and pants, nothing in their fashion range has appealed to me for a long time. However they have excellent food offerings, and their interior products and furniture are stylish well made and well priced.
With the changing season as we move towards Autumn, we instinctively feel the pull towards a cosy, welcoming space to withdraw into.
Whether your interiors preferences are inspired by rich colours, warm tonal shades or restful neutrals M&S Autumn Winter collection offers simple stylish updates for any home to create that perfect retreat from the busy day.
Contemporary designs are blended with classic influences to create a timeless collection that will give your home enduring style.
Decorative accessories and statement textiles offer an instant interior refresh alongside modern upholstery and furniture designed with on-the-go family living in mind.
Seasonal colour highlights of peacock tones, sea foam and teal are paired back with an accent of warm nectarine to kick off the new season. Classics are re-imagined in casual shapes and textures, while layered textiles and metallic accessories offset easy living with a soft, modern glamour.
Decorative florals adorn plush velvets for a new take on maximalism, while delicate blush corals are paired with deep aquamarine and petrol tones for a bold yet sophisticated interior.
Underpinning the colour stories for the season, this new take on cleansing neutrals creates a stylish canvas on which to layer your favourite pieces- creating an oasis of tranquil, that will always remain timeless. Yet again it feels as if the Scandi look is a strong influence.Casual layering and relaxed textiles in calming tones of ecru and warm grey make for easy styling and create a war, serene palette for the home.
This Autumnal story of rich mulberries spans a jewel-toned palette of deep boysenberry, rich oxblood and delicate heather.
Highlights of dark charcoal and black give this classic colour story a contemporary feel, while statement prints in casual fabrics are juxtaposed with marble and brass accents for a glamorous feminine collection of seasonal pieces.
Finnish design house Marimekko introduces Marimekko Kioski, a curated collection of unisex streetwear pieces. The first edition of Marimekko Kioski features a range of androgynous, wearable wardrobe staples and the brand’s iconic, bold patterns from the Sixties. The collection will launch in September.
“The first edition of Marimekko Kioski is a collection of athleisure pieces such as hoodies, caps, T-shirts and shoppers. I wanted to create unisex streetwear that introduces our most iconic flower print, Unikko, to a new, urban crowd,” says Marimekko’s head designer Satu Maaranen.
Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in the Sixties as a rebellious act of doing things your own way. After Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern, the opinionated Finnish designer Maija Isola protested by designing an entire series of floral prints, among them Unikko. ‘The flower of rebellion’ stands for creativity, courage and freedom, and Marimekko Kioski updates it for the modern day.
Finnish design house Marimekko was founded in 1951 and has since become known worldwide for its bold, original prints. Marimekko Kioski introduces the Marimekko brand and values to a new generation of urban youth, with reinterpretations of the design house’s iconic patterns and colors alongside products that have not been part of the collections before.
Then look no further than here, to discover the three key trends for AUTUMN / WINTER 2019
This season, we’ll see stripped back
interiors dominate city dwellings in the Urban Minimalist trend, with
functionality and versatility taking centre stage as the next generation
champions a more fluid and transient lifestyle.
At IKEA, they believe that small changes around the home can make everyday life more enjoyable. That includes something as simple as being able to switch off your smart appliances by tapping your smartphone.
The Connected Home trend showcases the next generation of home technology from IKEA, allowing you to create a totally bespoke and smart set-up within the home that works perfectly for you. Connected Home also offers a range of smart bulbs that can be dimmed, change temperature and even completely switch to a different shade with the flick of a remote.
This clever function is especially useful
for when the winter months arrive, as you can create a customized feeling of
warmth and light in your home. Not only is this great for setting the mood of a
room, but also beneficial for overall well-being.
“For ultimate style and functionality-opt for a sofa from the DELAKTIG range- created in collaboration with Tom Dixon. The platform for living allows you to customize and adapt to the changing needs of life, as you can customize the platform with a lamp, a shelf or even an extra arm rest to reflect your personal style.
Last but not least, for those who love
getting creative with colour, rich hues take the spotlight with the Jewel
Shades trend this season.
IKEA know how important it is to make a
house feel like home, no matter the size or layout. Whether you are looking to
completely revamp your space this season, or simply give it one or two updates
to keep it fresh and interesting, included are a range of products both big and
small to suit all.
Calm and well-organized homes have never been more in demand when
it comes to interiors, with our increasingly busy and fluid lives, combined
with smaller living spaces, demanding practical yet stylish design solutions.
A fusion of muted colours and tranquil neutrals paired with edgy
accessories, Urban Minimalist is all about beautiful and sophisticated
functionality that is both adaptable and relaxed, with a hint of modern
Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design
Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:
The urban Minimalist trend caters to
your changing needs whilst exuding a sense of individuality. Less is more with
this look, its aim is to create a space that is both understated and
distinctive by using fewer furnishings. This will result in a calming space
that you’ll enjoy spending time in.
Furnishings and home-wares with multi
functionality features are key to turning rooms into flexible spaces.
In this trend whilst maintaining the
comforts of home, with more of us living in urban environments, and adapting to
small space living, storage has never been more key. The OMBYTE storage
collection is designed to be both easily transportable and multipurpose, making
it the obvious choice for city dwellers who don’t stay rooted for too long.
To achieve a minimal and modern aesthetic keep your living space tidy with the HANTERVERK hand-woven baskets, crafted by artisans in India as part of IKEA’s latest social entrepreneurs collection.
They are ideal for keeping your
belongings stored away, whilst still maintaining
a neutral colour scheme.
“A beige base colour palette is key to brining a calm atmosphere to an urban minimalist room invoking calmness and impressions of an open spacious atmosphere. But whilst this is a foundation to the look and feel, don’t view it as the only colour. it’s also the perfect canvas for bold statement pieces.
The MARKERAD collection designed in collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Virgil Abioh, blends high cultural references with street cred to create fashion-forward home-wares. From the slogan “temporar” wallclock featuring a sleek white-on white design, to the iconic Mona Lisa backlit artwork, this collection offers accessible and affordable statement interiors for metropolitan millennials.”
Comprising of deep yet vibrant tones that add a touch of opulence
to any living space, the Jewel Shades
colour trend makes a bold statement this season.
A rich and sophisticated palette of emerald green, sapphire blue,
amethyst purple, and ruby red forms the crux of this head-turning interiors
look. All of these shades are reflective of precious gemstones that people
dress themselves in when celebrating, signifying that the party season is upon
Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:
‘The luxe tones found within the Jewel Shades trend re truly designed to dazzle creating a dramatic yet equally comforting mood in the home. Create a beautiful and eye catching setting by being brave with colour and experiment with different fabrics and finishes to get the look you desire. Textiles play a huge part in creating a feeling of decadence with this trend. Whether you decide on opulent velvet or sumptuous satin the look and feel of your furnishings will enhance the overall richness of your space.’
To make any room really stand out from the crowd this season pair complimentary colours together, such as red and green, and orange and blue. The ruby coloured STRANDMON wing chair, for example, create a luxurious look, perfect for getting cosy and reading a good book during the winter months. For a simpler change opt for something like the HILLEBORG curtains in a rich plum shade. Made from recycled PET bottles, they prove that sustainability and style can truly go hand in hand.
Although the focus of this trend is centred around colour, don’t be afraid to add some prints into the mix. The new VONSBAK rug will add a timeless and vintage look to your living space with its oriental pattern and comes in a deep teal shade.
Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our homes, allowing us to live smarter and making our everyday lives a little more seamless. Living spaces with smart home-wares that are stylish, functional, and innovative, making life around the home that little bit easier. The Connected Home trend embraces this notion by hero-ing smart products that have the ability to link and interact with each other, making the home an interconnected hub that caters to a variety of your needs and desires.
Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design
Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:
‘Technology can now be found integrating its way into our homes in ingenious ways, making everyday life easier and more efficient, not to mention more environmentally-friendly. The Ikea Home smart app previously know as the TREDFRI app is currently being developed even further to clear for a wider, unified eco-system of smart products all of which you’ll be able to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. Smart speakers and lighting are a great way to create a home that works perfectly to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. The latest SYMFONISK range blends both together to bring cutting-edge design with high quality sound to create a look that blends in and stands out simultaneously.’
I was invited to view Atelier Swarovski’s home décor range including the new additions for Christmas. If your idea of Swarvoski is just glitter and twinkle, you are wrong. The home collection is gleaming, glossy and very sophisticated. Here I show just some of the collaborations that have taken place between the company and up market designers who are at the top of their game.
Atelier Swarovski was founded, by Nadja Swarovski, in 2007, as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship, master cutting and material innovations.
Nadja Swarovski is the granddaughter of founder Daniel Swarovsk, who in 1892 patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.
Atelier Swarovski ‘s home décor collection was launched
at Milan design week in April 2016, it comprises functional and decorative
objects for the home.
In recent years the company has excelled in both its PR and marketing strategies and are well known in the fashion, jewellery and now interiors markets. They have collaborated with the top designers in all these fields to produce some beautiful and dazzling products.
One of Swarovski’s major collaborations has been with Daniel Libeskind. For Christmas he has created Eternal Star. It showcases his dynamic architectural vision in a stunning collection of standing and hanging ornaments. The irregular- shaped crystals encase a complex 3D laser-inscribed star, expertly designed to create wondrous reflections and refractions both inside and out.
If you are looking for a gift, rather than a decoration, Daniel Liebskind’s championship-size chess set is both a functional object and a remarkable art piece. The set fluently combines materials from the world of construction and artisan craft in a handcrafted board etched with maps of Milan and New York – the two cities where architect Libeskind lives and works. The bespoke crystal chess pieces in this truly unique piece are an ode to some of Leibskind’s most iconic buildings.
The two crystal kings take the form of the Freedom Tower in New York. The Queen, also in crystal, is represented by Libeskind’s City Life tower in Milan. The silver Bishop is the L Tower in Toronto, the marble Knight the Tor Di Valle in Rome, the concrete Rook is Century Spire in Manila, and the aluminium Pawn takes the form of the Pyramid Tower in Jerusalem.
Soft pond collection is by Nendo one of the world’s most celebrated design studio’s. Designer Oki Sato embraced the mesmerizing qualities of Swarovski crystal to recreate the effect of water in a lake as it travels from the deep to the shallows, from darkness to light.
crystals were made by gradually increasing the thickness from top down,
starting with 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, then 7mm. They were also tapered so they become
thinner towards the outer periphery, to create a gradient effect within the
same depth of water. The result is a small vessel that resembles a small pond
scooped up and placed on the table. The trays come in four different sizes, all
with change of cutting at the same thickness, aimed to make the depth of water appear the same when
using several vessels at the same time.
Dutch designer, Aldo Bakker, returns with the Facet Collection a series of stylish crystal objects inspired by his first collection for Atelier Swarovski Home, including bottle stoppers and playful paperweight lenses. The pieces encapsulate Bakker’s fixation with a purity of form and materiality, achieving the perfect balance of function and beauty.
Celebrated interior designer Barbara Berry has produced Lumen her first collaboration with Atelier Swarovski Home, Barry designed a range of multi-functional candleholders and vases in mellow hues. Brass and gunmetal effects accent the clarity of the crystal for a riveting juxtaposition of materials that coincide in perfect harmony. The versatile pieces play with compositions of color and light – always a focus of Barry’s – which bring intimate warmth to her magical home décor.
designers Fredrikso Stallard
Design partnership Fredrikso Stallard create works that thrive on a raw sense of energy, chaos, destruction and recreation, to allow them to experience the world in new ways, and to see it differently.
Exploiting the subtle aspects of texture, material, volume, light, movement and contrast, the works function on a four-dimensional graph, between the twin axes of time and space. For Atelier Swarovski they have produced produced dramatic lines of vases, bowls and candle holders that create an incredible play of light illuminating any room in a stunning showcase of innovation and master craftsmanship.
Renowned architect and designer is John Pawson he has produced Vessels for Atelier Swarovski. Candle-holders, vases and bowls made up of deceptively simple looking convex and concave surfaces. The concave surfaces act as a lens playing with the optics of crystal, while the irregular facets are perfectly calculated to maximise the extraordinary clarity and refractive qualities of the material.
Lux Orbit is by Tord Boontje. Originally from the Netherlands, he studied at the Eindhoven Design Academy and then the Royal College of Art in London, before setting up Studio Tord Boontje.
Made from combinations of corian, glass and Swarovski
crystals, the collection includes lanterns, wine coolers, nut bowls and caviar
sets. Intended to be used with friends at a party or for a special occasion.
The scattered arrangement of crystals and polished curved
surfaces took inspiration from the colours of the cosmos, patterns found in
nature and star formations, with an added futuristic twist.
in Kings Cross. He has his headquarters, studio, and shop there. He also owns the adjoining restaurant/cafe , which uses many of his products. I was there last week with other journalists to view his new products, mainly his new fragrances that come in the form of candles, room diffusers, soaps and hand lotions. There were also a couple of new drink ware ranges for hot and cold drinks and some very nice coat hooks and other artifacts called Swirl. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to view his furniture, textile and lighting ranges that he sells in his shop. everything is thoughtfully designed and very beautifully presented.
Tom Dixon started his recent adventures into the peculiar world of fragrance a few years ago with his Eclectic collection that was structured around the exotic smells of London, Royalty and Orientalist.
This year he has refreshed the vessel form that hold the
candles, with an elegant, new slim waisted metal container and added two more
refined perfumes to the collection – Underground and Alchemy.
is described thus, ”In the dark subterranean, hidden below the surface, rhizomes
secretly grow and slowly develop the fresh, sharp intense fragrance of ginger.
This is combined with woody Haitian cardamom to make the unique scent of
Alchemy is influenced by the endless search to transform basic materials into a valuable substance, sharp black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, exotic patchouli and smoky guaiac wood combine to create the precious perfume of Alchemy.
captures the smell of red brick and London parks with crocuse and nettles, and
the salty smell of Thames at Dagenham. Encased in a copper vessel with marble
inspired by the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands,
giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese
herbal market. Encased in a brass vessel with marble lid.
a reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and
the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Encased in a
nickel-plated brass vessel, with a marble lid.
Tom Dixon has also created travelers gift set with a trio of mini scented candles contained within
a hand-spun vessel formed of copper, nickel and brass. The scents are created
to capture the essence of travelling, trading, and the nostalgic past within
the future of British life.
Swirl is a mysterious new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. Tom Dixon has designed some new Swirl hooks that celebrate the little details that are often missed, the hidden bits of functionality that are often the first touch point in a space yet go unnoticed. A series of small and large hooks made from powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create a variety of surprising colour combinations.
Brew kettle and filter set recognizes
coffee making as a form of art and coffee drinking as one of our few remaining
contemporary rituals. In response to consumers now being more educated and
curious about coffee, Tom Dixon have introduced the Kettle and Filter set to
the Brew family to encompass the different ways to create a good cup of coffee.
The Kettle and Filter set allows you to prepare and serve coffee simply and quickly, whilst still retaining the flavour and quality. The unusual thin and elongated shape of the kettle spout is essential for precise pouring and taste.
Tank is characterised by a hand painted copper band, Tank takes its sculptural cue from the functional shapes and volumes of scientific glassware. Minimal yet decorative for a multiplicity of purposes of drinking, pouring, storing and displaying drinks, the new Tank copper gift sets recognise our love for drinking stories.
This week Oliver Bonas showed both their new interior and clothing ranges for this autumn and winter to the press and influencers.
This is a company
that goes from strength to strength in both their home-ware and fashion collections.
They know the look their core customer wants, that being a mixture of
sophisticated, modern with some humour thrown into the mix.
There are two main themes running through both the home and fashion collections. The main theme is Enlightenment and Orient Express is the capsule collection. This could also be described as Art Deco or Luxe.
There is a great deal of glass , mirrors and glamour. Oliver Bonas produce cocktail ware, including drinks trolley’s which, a little bird tells me, always sell out. Talking of cocktails there are drink mixing kits, and gorgeous glasses, lovely mirrors, rattan furniture, picture frames and planters.
Velvet chairs and fringing on lamp shades carry on from this season but with new twists of colour, shapes and length of fringing.
Part of Enlightenment is Sanctuary. This includes mosaic, ironwork ,ceramics and plants, and baskets. Oliver Bonas now sell real and faux plants in their larger stores.
There is a vast array of baskets, pouffés, throws and cushions. The pouffe’s are particularly original.
Another best selling line for Oliver Bonas are items decorated with letters of the alphabet, and also the letters themselves.
Always great with decorative patterns, from August the company will be selling some very nice bags and cushions with lovely surface designs.
New this season, are Oliver Bonas own brand of decorative filament light bulb.
Last of all I must mention the very the simple ,but lovely art works in the form of textural wall hangings and bright prints.
On the 4TH July The Royal Mint launched its first jewellery collection ever, designed and made by in-house experts in silversmithing techniques at The Royal Mint .
The collection, envisioned by luxury jewellery designer Philippe Cogoli, has been made at The Royal Mint from start to finish, using traditional coin pressing techniques that pay homage to the heritage and expertise gained from over one thousand years of coin minting expertise. The designer, took inspiration from the design of the first ever £2 coin which was minted in 1997, and has deconstructed details of the design to create a truly unique collection that references the original coin. The range includes elements that capture and reflect the evolution of technology, with individual geometric designs.
The Motto collection is named after the “motto” that
is stamped into the original £2 coin and attributed to Sir Isaac Newton’s
famous saying “Standing on the shoulders of giants”. The geometrically designed
range is made from sterling silver and includes unique items ranging from
cufflinks and tie pins to earrings and bangles, along with other stylish silver
gifts. The collection is a beautiful handcrafted range made in-house, a new and
exciting step for The Royal Mint.
Helen Cooper, Director of Gifting at The Royal Mint,
commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Phillippe Cogoli, a talented
designer who has built on the heritage of The Royal Mint and the silversmith
craft to create this beautiful new collection. The Motto collection is the
first range of jewellery to be created by The Royal Mint’s experienced team and
is an exciting development for The Royal Mint brand.”
Philippe Cogoli, designer of the Motto collection,
added: “The main inspiration behind the Motto range was the fantastic design of
the original 1997 £2 coin. When we saw the potential of the geometric
pattern which is stamped onto the coin face, we realised that it reflects an
evolution of technology. The idea was to transform the motifs, and design them
in a way that is unique but also aligns with The Royal Mint heritage. It was a
fantastic collaboration with The Royal Mint team and I feel privileged to have
been chosen to work with them.
In contrast to Motto is the feminine, yet contemporary ‘Sprig’ collection is a first for The Royal Mint and marks an exciting development in their gifting range. The collaboration with Sarah Jordan was designed and made in the UK with the oak and acorn motif featured on many coins throughout history proved vital.
Taken from the original 1936 design of the silver Sixpence, the acorn design appealed to Sarah due to her childhood spent in the Derbyshire countryside. However, the motif was updated to create a sleek, unique theme which formed the basis of the Sprig range, from stud earrings through to a choker necklace.
Sarah Jordan has been designing and manufacturing jewellery for 30 years having won a number of prestigious awards including UK Jewellery Designer of the Year. Sarah set the trend of the organic, fluid style seen in the jewellery industry today which has been beautifully transferred into the Sprig collection.
With the art of silversmithing having first emerged in
Britain in approximately 300 A.D, both collections build on the amazing
heritage of craftsmanship that is still alive in the UK today.
Silver has long been an important part of human
lives. Having once been available only to the incredibly rich, imports from
South America resulted in the precious metal becoming more widely available and
the desire for fine jewellery increased. Silversmithing is an age-old tradition
that has stood the test of time, innovating as technology has changed, ensuring
the craft is still maintained to this day.
The Royal Mint has
an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years.
Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had
moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building
of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to
accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.
Today, The Royal Mint is the
world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.
The Royal Mint has also
diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the
values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history –
authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:
I was lucky enough to attend their press launch and see for myself the elegant, classic and timeless designs. As well as the jewellery, later in the year, they will also be selling a fine china money box, a beautiful teddy bear and Sterling silver Christmas tree decorations.