This post is a quickie and more visual than word inspired. For Autumn /Winter 2019 Anthropologie are getting cosy, the Scandinavian way, with natural woods and welcoming – home warmth. A contrast of textures, weaves and fleeces and velvet are used in abundance.
There are some beautiful metallic small home accessories including flickering lights, organic scents and subtle glimmer.
Beautiful bedding includes layers of plush and pin tucked texture for a guaranteed good night’s sleep.
Lovely sitting room furniture and accessories including sumptuously deep cushions and a Kershaw chair.
The Monroe Accent Chair comes in two different shades of velvet teal as shown here and also silver grey
This week I attended a fascinating panel discussion, on the latest trends and interior developments created by the Sainsburys and Argos design team for Autumn Winter 2019 The event was chaired by Kate Watson Smyth, from ‘Mad about the house’
The teams work together but Argos tends
to sell more furniture, the smaller accessories are sold in Sainsbury’s.
There are five key trends this season. They
reflect the different ways in which we live today: often renting, flexible
living, traveling so we only live in our
homes for part of the week. Sometimes letting out our places as Air B&B and
often living in quite small places . Some of us have remote working styles, which
may mean we work from home.
Trend 1. Japanese
inspired, called Kanso Living. This
is for a home that is neat and uncluttered. It has a monochrome base.
‘Black, white and grey are
psychologically known to offer protection, safety and a sense of space whilst
at the same time being very calming. This minimal pallet lowers the emotional
Although there is no colour as such,
there are many textures and patterns. Included is a ladder shelf unit that looks
good, saves space and you can take it with you when you move.
From the head of design “We did lots of mark making in the studio and then
translated those marks into different
kinds of surface design using a range of scales from quite large on bedding to
teeny tiny on ceramics.’
Trend 2 Highland Lodge. I would describe this look as modern country with touches
of rustic wilderness, such as pale oak furniture and country touches including images of flowers
and animals such as hares on ceramics and textiles. A favourite in this range
is light washed oak furniture, including a beautiful four poster bed that
retails at just £400
This collection has muted colours that
are excellent to use in the UK where they fit in with the prevailing blue light rather than warm yellow as found in
Mediterranean countries. These blue
based tones help us to reconnect with nature and bring the outside in, they fit
in well with the grey story that has been popular over the last 5 years
Trend 3 . Apartment Apparel This is a very vibrant and exciting collection, it is the Sainsburys Argos take on the centenary of the Bauhaus . There are some exciting juxtapositions of colours, including a much coveted harsh orange velvet sofa which, by the way, is child friendly.
Table-ware is playful and brave with a pallet of mustard and oak that work with a deep navy that runs throughout the collection. The mid century styling helps make small spaces feel bigger.
The pop of colour in this collection attracts
the eye and makes the shopper curious about the pieces.
Heller ‘Strong colour creates emotional energy and the volume is turned up, we see colour before we notice
anything else. To work, these colours need a warm yellow base and also need
yellow lighting. This is a party place for extroverts.’
Trend 4. Palm Luxe
With it’s grey soft pale pallet , this
look is quite glamorous. There are lots of metallic although mainly silver.
Inspired by beautiful hotel lobbies. It is opulent and nods towards
preciousness. It is quite a showy look influenced by old Hollywood glamour. It is aspirational and
has the feel of a cocktail party with soft music playing.
expert on the panel pointed out that this is a look that will stand out in the rental
market and also appeals to those who love Show Homes. It happens to be a very
instagramable look, that is very easy to shoot.
Trend 5. Loft living This look includes
loads of natural wood.
Sainsbury/Argos sponsor new designers
exhibition each year and choose a winner from those presenting their work. This
collection was designed by a winner and has taken two years to come to
Designed very much with the young of today in mind who live much more
minimally than their parents did, with far less in the way of possessions. They
may be working from home and so the solution is a desk storage bedding
collection that is all encompassing and super flexible for easy living. It is
a continuation of the successful industrial
modular look with contrasting textures carried over from last season.
Many of the pieces are multi functional
such as the desk/ dressing table which is easily packed away if more space is
As well as these key looks there is also a quite sophisticated non gender stereotype children’s range.
If you like Scandinavian design you will love the autumn winter collection from Broste Copenhagen. Throughout the Danish company’s, 60-year old history, design objects, furniture, and modern art have come and gone along with changing trends and tendencies. However a few objects remain as timeless examples of Broste Copenhagen ‘s unique idiom, and have achieved status as modern classics. Some of the basic shapes and functions are unchanged- as is the joy of meeting the designs again when they are launched as Broste Copenhagen
The Broste Copenhagen Autumn winter
collection 2019 is a tribute to the simple joys in life- and to all those
little gestures of love and consideration we put into seemingly insignificant
everyday routines. Home is where the heart is, the old saying goes. Idealized
and clichéd this may seem, but there is truth in the notion that home is the
one place where love, care and thoughtfulness rule. Between the four walls of
home, life happens- everyday! And we had better cherish it.
With this in mind, Broste Copenhagen have a created a collection that offers new, well-crafted furniture for your hallway, kitchen and living room, as well as a vast number of everyday items – from the vast number of everyday items – from the vase on your window sill to the plates on your table.
Together, like small pieces of a puzzle, they create the perfect home. Or rather, they create a home for lives that are filled with uncertainty of frustration – and at other times…. Just perfect.
,winter 2019 marks the introduction of a new, flexible sofa, called Ocean, that
will fit into almost any space, a dining table and a set of functional chairs
to go with it and a continuation of the popular tableware collections, with
added items designed to complete the exciting selection. Colours this season
are deep, intense and infused with warmth – a classic Etruscan red, a
quintessential lichen green, a beautiful , dark Bordeaux. All are carefully
chosen to either complement or contrast with one another in new, elegant ways –
whether you need a pillowcase to match your favourite candle holder or a personalized table-setting
consisting of different plates, bowls and cups.
new season’s colours are designed to fit in with the classic Broste colours of
Egret, Rainy day, Simply Taupe, Fungi, Boulder, Indian Tan, Drizzle and Castle
Included in the collections are both mirror and wall art. Home décor is never complete with empty walls, which is why Broste Copenhagen have created a range of both.
is a magnificent selection of asymmetric rugs. A rug has the power to punch
life into a room and to tie all the other interior accessories together. A rug
can also be used to delineate space and accentuate the room’s existing colour
scheme, and add warmth.
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.