Forget sharp angles and rigid lines. The latest furniture designs take inspiration from classical architecture to riff on the circle. Well, as they say, what goes round...
The next decor trend? An off-centre circular back and crescent-shaped padding gives this chair its surreal look. Contrasting textures keep things interesting.
Get the look: Celeste chair, £2,859, Bohinc Studio. Knock Out side table, £509.59, Friends & Founders. For details of the Marie wallpaper, see overleaf. On the chair, from top: Samuji pipe candleholder, £100; and Shift saucer, part of a set, £250 for two teacups, saucers and teaspoons each, Apparatus, both at La Gent. On the side table, from left: Balance candleholder, £32, Ferm Living at Heal’s; tapered candle, £10 for two, Ester & Erik at The Conran Shop; Moon vase, £124.88, Aleksandar Lazic at Menu; and Hjärtelig jewellery cone, £7 for three, Ikea.
This crafted dresser echoes the architecture of a medieval cloister. Simple, elegant, timeless…
Get the look: Emil dresser in Natural Oak, £7,250, Pinch. Feel Good armchair with feet in Canaletto Walnut, £3,975, Flexform; and mini hat box bag in Ivory, £495, Aspinal of London, both at Harrods. Hanging Lamp No.2, £682, Muller Van Severen for Valerie Objects at Viaduct. In the dresser, from top left: Esti wine glasses in Blush Pink, £25 for four, Made.com; large Kyoto bowl, £70; Bonsai bowl, £25; and Bubble vase, £35, all Kelly Hoppen; and Echasse vase, £89.18, Theresa Arns; and Troll vases, on the floor, from £35.65 each, Anderssen & Voll, all at Menu; and Olivia mugs, from £8 each for an espresso mug; and Norton vase, £10, all Habitat. Saddle bucket bag, on the floor, £499, Trademark at La Gent.
In chill-out zones, look for pieces with gentle curves that act as a wraparound cuddle.
Get the look: Curtains made in Kara linen in Coconut, £121.50m, Romo. Parrot sofa, £4,114.80, Julian Chichester. Arcolor table, £1,840, Jaime Hayon for Arflex at Viaduct. Banner rug, £389, Linie Design at Heal’s. Girlande light, £1,228, Atelier Areti. Arch papered in Marie wallpaper in Beige, £89 a roll, Sandberg Wallpaper. On the table, from left: Low Yellow bowl, £240, Rina Menardi at The Conran Shop; and Carrie lamp in Burned Red, £124.88, Norm Architects at Menu. Saddle bucket bag, as before. Large leather strap diary, on the sofa, £25.99, Zara Home.
Don’t forget the lighting – a table lamp with a disc-shaped shade makes a serious style statement.
Get the look: Glow table lamp, £280, House Doctor at Amara. Egg paperweight, £160, Carl Auböck at Sigmar. Balance candleholder, £32, Firm Living at Heal’s. Shift teacup and saucer, part of a set, £250 for two teacups, saucers and teaspoons each, Apparatus, both at La Gent. Spoon, from a selection, Hæckels.
Throw different shapes around a table (ellipses, crescent moons, ovals, hemispheres) for a curve-tastic dining area
Get the look: Curtains made in Kara linen in Coconut, as before. Together extending table in Walnut Medium, £3,876, Ilse Crawford; tapered candles, on the table, as before; and Barro pot, on the table, far right, £375, Sebastian Herkner for Ames, all at The Conran Shop. Dojo chair, far left; and Dojo Bridge chair, opposite, both £401.54, Petite Friture. Panos dining chair in Marl Grey, £179, Made.com. Series 430 chair in Kvadrat Hallingdal 65 wool-mix, £629, Verner Panton for Verpan at Aram Store. N.0 chair in velvet, £892, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna at Silvera. Wool Capella rug in Arctic White, £39sq m, Kersaint Cobb. Circle pendant, £109, Northern at Heal’s. On the table, from left: Black cotton wood platter, £240, Edward Collinson; Stargazer candleholder Multi in Nero Marquina, £387, Bohinc Studio; Block candleholder, £39, Ferm Living at La Gent; Begåvning glass domes, £15 each, Ikea; Ex-Voto candles in Empire, Black and Stone, in the domes, £45 each, Cire Trudon; Bonsai bowl, as before; and Balance candleholder, £89.19, Frederik Alexander Werner at Menu.
Scale is your friend when repeating similar shapes. Everything is speaking the same language, but sizing up and down delivers variety.
Get the look: Audrey Poltrona armchair in Indian Red velvet, £4,989, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. Frames room divider in Natural rattan, £1,195, Jaime Hayon for Expormim at The Conran Shop. Waterfall inlay coffee table, £1,200, Anthropologie. Round table with white structure, £79.99; leather diary, £25.99; and decorative wooden object, on the coffee table, £49.99, all Zara Home. Patsy extra large wall mirror, £395; and Oare ceiling light, £70, both Habitat. Brick vases, in the wall, £34 each, StolenForm. Wool Capella rug, as before. Troll vases, on the coffee table, as before.
Even flooring can stay ahead of the curve. Tiles with a relaxed dot motif bring a Fifties feel that has an artistic edge.
Get the look: Curtain made in Chelsea linen in Aquamarine, £65m, Kirkby Design. Font chair upholstered in Louison wool-mix in F3188001 by Pierre Frey, from £1,085, Studio David Thulstrup for Møbel Copenhagen at Aram Store. Brodi dressing table (includes mirror), £250, Habitat. Monochrome Decor porcelain floor tiles, £45.37sq m; and Monochrome Base porcelain floor tiles, £38.37sq m, both Mandarin Stone. On the dressing table, from left: Esti glass, as before; Mother of Pearl jewellery box, £49, Oliver Bonas; White milk and sugar vessel, £85 for two, Tina Frey at La Gent; and Pluviophile Rain candle, £50, Hæckels. Mini hat box bag in Sage Green, on the floor, £495, Aspinal of London at Harrods.
Showcased on a plinth, this contoured bath has star status. All hail!
Get the look: Curtain made in Chelsea linen in Aquamarine; and Monochrome Decor and Monochrome Base porcelain floor tiles, all as before. Flow freestanding bath, £5,394, Jee-O; and Mike Pro freestanding bath-shower mixer in Matt Black, £999, Crosswater, both at CP Hart. Targa armchair, £3,628, GamFratesi for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna at Silvera. Oliver table, £1,165, Flexform at Harrods. Black cotton wood oval dish, £255, Edward Collinson. Bath products, on the table, from £24 for a Bladderwrack + Fennel hand cleanser, Hæckels. Black Tongue artwork, £3,000, Sara Dare.
A plain white background zings into life with shapely furniture and accessories.
Get the look: Desdémone king-size bed, £2,776, Ligne Roset. Mrs Lots side table, at the top of the stack, £608; and Salamanca side table, at the bottom, £1,003, both Julian Chichester. Brodi side table with removable tray in Walnut, in the middle, £95, Habitat. Overlap Suspension pendant, from £1,504, Michael Anastassiades for Flos. Fine Edge Mirror Over Mantel, £499, Heal’s. Viaduct wall hanging, £170, Imogen Heath at Surface View. On the bed: regular pillowcases in Cornflower, £80 for two; and king-size flat sheets in Mud, on the top, and Russet, £132.50 each, all Larusi. On the Mrs Lots side table, from left: Criss Cross cup, £35, Kaz Morton Ceramics at La Gent; and Helios lamp in Carrara, £1,435, Workstead at Another Country. Tabletop clock with marble stand, on the Salamanca side table, £49.99, Zara Home.
Photography / Simon Bevan
Styling / Hannah Franklin