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Broste Copenhagen A/W collection 2019

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.  

         Autumn ,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.

         The 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 Rock.

         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.

         There 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.

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Dunelm Autumn Winter 2018 Press show

I don’t know about you, but I love a bargain. I particularly like to see what goodies the high street stores  come up with each season. It feels strange discussing  autumn 2018 when we have hardly come out of winter 2017. However if you read this now, you will be well ahead of the interiors game by the time autumn comes round.  All the product will be in stores from September. Dunelm have four key trends for this autumn. Zen, Fifth Avenue, Homestead and Auburn plus winter warm for good measure. There is some very good design here much of which I would be delighted to put in my own home.

Many of the trends have been carried over from previous seasons, this makes it much easier to add items to your existing decor. For example metals are still evident in all the collections in the form of copper, brass,rose gold and gold. Textures are still strong. 7 metallic cushions

The colours chosen for winter are called auburn and are inspired by the catwalk. A warm pallette of rich claret, red and rust are highlighted with metallic gold foil for a contemporary finish.

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Metallic cushions are paired with pinched  velvetDunelm and  warm, marquetry patterned furniture.

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Homestead  is a contemporary take on vintage. Sheep skin rugs are combined with pale oak wood to create a warm homely feel. floral cushion

This collection has the most muted colour range of the four trends. A delicate pink and grey palette is complimented by dried flowers and lace inspired glass.

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The collection called 5A or Fifth Avenue  replaces millennial pink this season with statement golds and monochrome throughout. There is lots of mirror and other highly reflective surfaces. 2 Art Deco

The fabrics  reek  of glamour with sequins, velvets and faux furs and metal details on dark bed linen.  They have introduced  leopard markings with their iconic style and geometric prints to help carry on the glamorous Art Deco theme.

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Rustic Japanese influences the flow through the Zen collection. A clean simple palette of black white and indigo is highlighted by lush greens and fresh blues. Water colour prints are  complimented by  materials and accessories inspired by  nature.1 zen

There is some very good design here at very reasonable prices, much of which I would be delighted to put in my own home. Not all the collections are to my taste, but what I like may be horrendous to you, and visa versa.

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What is hopeful and inspiring is that as things  get more difficult for retailers, they are really pushing out the stops and coming up with some well thought out  product at affordable prices.

I love this way of displaying faux flowers so, without wishing to start a trend, I suggest you remove all the saucepans that are hanging in your kitchen and replace them with something like this.

faux flowersSo well done Dunelm.

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Habitat’s Key Trends for Autumn Winter 2017

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.

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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.

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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.aw17-lftyl-s02-bonham-sofa-green-rgb-300dpi

A new range of black tableware has been developed with bold shapes and strong silhouettes in complete contrast to the usual white dinner service.

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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.aw17-lftyl-s04-tiling-patterns-the-traditional-wool-dhurrie-redesigned-060-rgb-300dpi

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.

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Pattern is everywhere, often taken from tile designs and then translated into contemporary textiles and ceramics.aw17-lftyl-s07-playful-mark-making-textiles-124-rgb-300dpi

 

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.

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IKEA’s key trends for Autumn Winter 2017

June and July are the months of press shows, where stylists, journalists and bloggers all get to view next years offerings. Who doesn’t own at least one piece of Ikea furniture? Well their press show was impressive.

The key looks for Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 include Loft Industrial highlights with a bigger focus on metals and dark paint effects to create a loft living look. At its heart is industrial design, that focuses on functionality of the product and clean lines.

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Being Ikea, it is not a surprise that they include Scandinavian as another important trend, with natural materials and pale colours to create a clean and stripped back look. Remember the Scandinavian countries have long dark winters and need to maximize the brightness of space. However, this collection includes more greys paired with terracotta tones and muddy greens to bring a touch of warmth to a space whilst keeping it neutral.

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Yet another theme is Midnight tropics combining bright and playful colours pairing with rich dark tones with accents of brass and gold and velvet.

IKEA_AW_17388Accessorizing with succulents and tropical plants is key to the trend alongside artwork and patterns that take their cue from nature and in particular foliage. Ikea is forming partnerships with small scale social enterprises and creating limited edition collections that provide livelihoods for people who would have little or no access to decent jobs.

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The other very pleasing development is the chair that has been designed using  100% recycled plastic. Not a first, but this one looks great and comes in white and  black as shown above.

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