home: featured [ rattan at Habitat ]

home: featured [ rattan at Habitat ]

Rattan, popular on and off throughout the last century, especially from the 1950s to 1980s in various styles and forms, is back in fashion and across the high street.

Habitat, known for its midcentury styling and strong designs from the key rattan era, is definitely the go to place for rattan and other materials that have a similar look – wicker, cane, bamboo, and other woods. Beds, shelving, chairs and more all embracing the current new trend.

So why is rattan different to other materials that look so similar? Rattan is a specific material, hence rattan furniture is crafted out of rattan only, but wicker furniture may be crafted out of different materials such as bamboo, straw and even rattan. Recently, synthetic materials are also being used for manufacturing wicker furniture.

It sits perfectly within either a clean minimal interior or equally amongst an eclectic bohemian styled room. It worked in the 1970s and still works now. Avoid mixing with chintzy florals – not to end up looking to 1980s.

Advertisements

home: trend [ midcentury monochrome ]

home: trend [ midcentury monochrome ]

The angles, the curves, the familiar silhouette of midcentury design sits so well with a monochrome interior. A little hint of walnut tones is all you need to soften the monochrome look.

Across the high street there are so many homewares and furniture embracing the style and designs from the midcentury era.

It’s easy to create this trend from modern stores but also it’s a great excuse to explore vintage markets, auctions and antiques fairs. Look for designs from brands including Ercol (furniture), Midwinter and Meakin that have some beautiful design and great monochrome pieces (ceramics).

Use vintage vases, lamps and plates for decorative display to compliment the look.

1 ‘EKENÄSET chair / IKEA £180

2 ‘Sputnik’ light / Dunelm Was £129.00 Now £38.70

3 embroidery cushions / West Elm from £29

4 ‘afar’ rug / La Redoute from £69.30 (current prices with up to 30% off)

5 wall hanging / La Redoute £37.80 (current price with up to 30% off)

6 ‘Margot’ sofa / Argos £299.99

7 ‘Scott’ armchair / Perch & Parrow £685

8 Ridgeway ‘homemaker’ vintage plate / search vintage markets and eBay

9 ‘Ditto’ wallpaper / Miss Print £64

home: featured [ John Lewis ]

home: featured [ John Lewis ]

Head to John Lewis for a new look for the home. If you love bright colours, we’ve collated our favourite current pieces currently in-store and online.

A colourful look is great with a retro twist. Stick with hues that are similar shades of a few bright colours, with turquoise, burnt orange and red for a midcentury twist. Keep sofas, armchairs or other main furniture pieces in statement plain bright colours and opt for patterns in home accessories. Look for quirky additions like the John Lewis ‘On Air‘ light box and mix fun patterns like geometric and block printing in curtains, throws and cushions.

home: found this [ bench ]

home: found this [ bench ]

A beautiful edition for any home, great in a dining room, bedroom or hallway – this tapered leg midcentury style bench has a perfect shape, solid wood legs with a walnut finish and with a textured upholstered seat in either a tweed or weave finish (two colour options)

Tufted Dining Bench from West Elm

Was £299 Now £239

home: found this [ sofa ]

home: found this [ sofa ]

West Elm always delivers with gorgeous modern takes on Mid-Century furniture and this season is no exeption. With style and quality this sofa ticks all the boxes for Mid-Century lovers.

With tall wooden legs, bolster cushions and distinctive box frame this sofa will sit beautifully in most living rooms. The grey crosshatch finish will blend into a neutral room or equally dress it up with colourful cushions in a brighter space.

Acailable to order now from westelm.co.uk [ £1299 ]

home: found this [ serving tray ]

home: found this [ serving tray ]

We are a little in love with this new collection available at TwentyTwentyOne and picked this serving tray as our favourite piece. The collection pays homage to the brilliance of chair design in the last century, including designers like Eames and Wegner. The homeware pieces designed by Ella Dora collate the iconic designs from photographic imagery.

They say;

Created in collaboration with twentytwentyone, Ella Doran’s new collection sees the designer’s trademark eye for colour and pattern applied to iconic chair designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The new twentytwentyone collection of homewares are decorated with a design created from images of chairs from twentytwentyone’s archive, captured by photographer Mark Whitfield and portraying a unique and dynamic selection of designs dating from the 1930s to the present day.

Remarkable for their formal and technological variety, the chairs featured offer a snapshot of the ingenuity and creativity that has been applied to the design of this essential piece of domestic furniture.

The chairs featured include designs by Alvar AaltoRobin DayCharles and Ray EamesArne JacobsenJasper MorrisonGeorge NelsonVerner Panton and Hans Wegner – amongst others.

A must for design enthusiasts as well as those who appreciate colour and pattern, the twentytwentyone collection includes mugs, coasters and placemats alongside trays.

The twentytwentyone collection tray is available in round (with black background) or rectangular (with white background) designs.

Ella Doran trays are made out of single sheets of the finest Scandinavian birch wood, sourced for its fine grain and exceptional width. They have no joins and are coated with hard-wearing melamine, making them durable and dishwasher safe, as well as pleasant to look at and handle.