As usual we could head to Urban Outfitters and happily kit out our entire interiors with their mix of boho, traveller and vintage style pieces of homeware and furniture. They are so good and textiles and soft furnishings, and their furniture collection is unique and full of investment pieces.
This new Ria range is 70s inspired, on trend and in our current material of the moment – rattan.
Currently available on pre order.
Prices from £89 for a stool; and the range includes a bed and chest of drawers.
There was some incredible design and style to come out of the seventies – it wasn’t all bad bell bottoms and glitter, but the design mentality of the midcentury continued, evolved and produced slick but funky interior design, luxury and a lot about comfort and relaxing – think low level seating, sumptuous throws, endless cushions, fabric on walls, even padded walls… dinner partying in the home and cocktail evenings or ‘soirées’ were becoming all the rage so creating the right home environment was key.
Fast forward to present day and a lot across the current high street has taken inspiration from the styles, patterns, furniture silhouettes and luxurious feel.
The colour palette to stick to should include neutral creams and beiges with rust, red, mustard and green tones. For a modern approach keep things quite minimal with not overlaying too many strong patterns as they would have done in the 70s.
Hunt on eBay, in markets and at car boots for pottery, ceramics and homewares of the era to bring in the right details but also high street favourites Habitat and Dunelm have some great modern equivalents.
One of our favourite West Elm rugs is on sale right now with a sizeable discount. We love this rug ‘Inspired by a 1970s wall hanging…
….our Multi Pixel Rug is handwoven by Craftmark-certified artisans in India using yarns of varied texture and colour. The facility where it’s made is Fair Trade Certified™ and the artisans have chosen to use the premium they earn from Fair Trade production to fund additional healthcare coverage.’
With a little reinterpretation of the strength of wildness of the 1970s this trend is a contemporary take on the clashing patterns, natural textiles, pattern mixing of the original look.
Bring together the organic feel of natural homewares including wicker, macrame, wood, jute and brick with the richness of burnt oranges, purples and brown. Use fabrics like velvets in sofas, weaves for walk hangings, hides and fluffy afghans in rugs and cushions and mix with earthy tones and metallics in the lighting, ceramics and sculptures.
It’s with the wall and floor covering that this trend really gains strength. Introduce wood panelling effect walls, real exposed stone walls, textured giant wall hangings of rich colour themes and the key to this trend – lots of indoor planting. Use great house plants with super architectural leaves and layer up with small hanging plants in plant hangers and also wooden and woven planters.
With the weather improving and warmer days coming – it’s time to get back into outdoor market shopping.
Our favourite, and everyone’s favourite worst kept secret, is the incredible Sunbury Antiques Market which has had its home, for now 37 years, at the vast Kempton Park Racecourse. This epic, endless land, houses over 700 outdoor and indoor stalls with furniture, accessories and paraphernalia up for sale. Every era, style, taste and price range is covered here. Nab anything from a bargain 1960s chair for a fiver to old industrial buckets for a tenner or splurge on incredible antique or midcentury furniture. There is many a design classic to be had.
Visit this haven for interiors shopping on the second or last Tuesday of every month.
The Barbican in London is a fascinating and wonderful place to walk around on any day, but when they have a great exhibition it makes the trip all the more worth while.
The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City is a new exhibition tracing the controversial design of the 1970s residential development – explore the range of flat types and interiors which would accommodate some 6000 people within 35 acres. The display includes the original 1971 residential layout and landscape plan, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.
A must for any Barbican fan, and those interest in architecture and interior design of the past. Plus after, take some time to explore the building, visit the conservatory, take a tour or browse the shop.
Open til Valentines Day, at The Barbican, London, the exhibition is a delight of visual and written knowledge for any design, furniture and graphic design fans. Travel through the decades and learn what inspired the creative couple, learn their history, beginnings and the sweetness of how they got together.
The Eameses are amongst the most celebrate designers of the twentieth century and so many of their creations influence designs of today. So many of their iconic designs have been reproduced and copied in modern homeware and furniture today, and are also still produced with the original designs.
The Eames Office, at the centre of their product and graphics ideas world, was the hub where the magic happened. The couple and the office team produced incredible work for 45 years. It was a ‘laboratory’, a place for collaborating, researching and developing ‘products, furniture, graphics, architectural and exhibition projects, as well as new models for education.’
Their work covered print media, film, photography and more. Design work covered projects for furniture, homes, and they embraced both mass production and common materials as well as embracing the potential of technology.
As you head through the space, appreciate their extensive talent and abilities, you can slip into the couple’s world and minds, and understand that life was work, and work was life.
Running til February 14th it’s definitely worth the £14.50 entrance fee. The shop is a post-exhibition tempting delight, with a variety of homewares, stationery, prints and cards.
While you’re at the Barbican take advantage of being able to view the inside and out of this architectural brutalist dream.
Visit on a Sunday (check website for openings) and explore the incredible Barbican conservatory. A little lush heaven of plants and wonder, slap bang in the middle of London – a surprising delightful gem not to be missed.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames runs at The Barbican til Sunday 14th February 2016 / Sat – Wed 10am – 6pm / Thurs – Fri 10am – 9pm / £14.50 (concessions available)