Prepare for more scalloped edges, maximalist florals, burnt oranges, thick fabrics and brass detailing. Autumn, we're ready for you.
Autumn has brought with it a whole feast of new, covetable collections – from River Island’s debut homeware collection, IKEA’s first ever hackable collection and House of Hackney and Zuber’s fabric collaboration, to V&A’s floral sofa collection for Sofa Workshop, Bethan Gray’s scalloped furniture for Anthropologie and Abigail Ahern’s moody curtain collection. Interiors have even made their way onto the catwalk; Morris&Co’s covetable wallpapers now adorn H&M’s latest collection, while Sanderson’s historic prints can now be seen across Radley’s latest handbags.
Needless to say, with all these super cool new launches, we’re just a little bit excited. These are the A/W18 new season collections to really get excited about…
1. STORY CORNER
Hear phrases such as Mythical Land, Over the Moon and Travellers Tales and you’d be forgiven for thinking we were referring to a fantasy saga series rather than a collection of fabrics and wallpapers.
Such is the imaginative quality of Kit Kemp and Andrew Martin’s latest collaborative efforts.
‘The process started when Kit stumbled upon tapestries from the 15th and 16th centuries,’ Andrew Martin founder Martin Waller told Livingetc.
‘She was fascinated to see magical creatures hiding under hedgerows and behind leaves. We wanted to give the designs new life in a contemporary world.’ Mission accomplished.
The collection comprises motifs printed and woven onto linen, viscose and cotton to create a world filled with unicorns, mystical birds and orange-hued sunsets. Sublime.
2. H&M FURNITURE
H&M Home has been delighting us with chic yet affordable home accessories for some time, so we are pleased to announce it is expanding the offering into furniture.
The new collection features small tables and stools as well as shelving, mirrors, pendant lights and lamps…
The collection features two distinctive styles – modern and minimal, where clean lines mix with cubist shapes and the more glamorous yet rustic style, where natural materials and soft shapes are key.
Luxury materials such as brass and marble are a great find at high street prices.
Prices range from £17.99 to £149.99.
3. WELL HEALED
The autumn/winter collection by Heal’s is awash with eye-catching pieces from the cream of the design crop. Joining the likes of some heavyweight names such as Russell Pinch, Matthew Hilton and Tom Raffield, Milan-based Marc Krusin has created the Clay dining table, pictured, hand-finished with lava from Mount Etna. London’s Magnus Long joins the line-up with Massimo, a curvaceous sofa and armchair combo with a hint of Bauhaus style. And commanding centre-of-the-room attention, the upholstered Matera corner sofa combines St Moritz wool in bang-on-trend cobalt blue. A fine lesson in high-design on the high street.
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4. STREET CRED
It’s fair to say that curtains and blinds have a bad reputation for being a decorating afterthought. To change the game, Abigail Ahern has teamed up with Hillarys to launch a capsule collection of window dressings and accessories, splashing her trademark anarchistic style across curtain fabrics, Roman blinds and cushion covers. Expect tribal prints, heavy tweeds and faux leathers in a typical Ahern palette of black, brown and plum. Why shouldn’t your home look fabulous from the outside too? Hang Abigail’s curtains and their colourful linings are sure to attract ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from passers-by on the pavement. Launches 2 October.
5. KARTELL X LA DOUBLEJ
Livingetc HQ is always excited to hear word of a fashion-meets-furniture collaboration, especially when the partnership is one we wouldn’t have seen coming. Step forward JJ Martin, creative director of Milan-based lifestyle brand La DoubleJ, and Italian furniture maker Kartell. Proving to be one of the most talked-about collections from this year’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair, the furniture maker’s partnership with the esteemed brand sees some of its most recognisable pieces reimagined in the vintage prints that line JJ’s evening dresses, silk shirts and swimwear. Take the Componibili cabinet, for example – a desk-side staple given a distinctly out-of-office feel thanks to Seventies-inspired prints and Twenties, Art Deco-esque geometrics. Our verdict? A double thumbs up.
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If Anthropologie’s style could typically be summed up as statement florals and riotous colour, think of its new range as a more toned-down tribute to Balearic-feel bohemia, complete with all-white hues and soft, sink-into textures.
For instance, the Tymberly dining chair (above), with its curved, Seventies-style silhouette, has been given a modern-day update in white, while brass finishes on the gilt Quartet mirror are a glitzy ode to White Isle glamour.
And underfoot? Dust off sandy feet on a collection of Moroccan-style rugs made from tufted jute and cotton.
7. MANUEL CANOVAS
Signalling that Millennial Pink might have had its moment, the new fabric collection from Manuel Canovas moves towards a richer palette of rose and warming reds and oranges. Possibly even more striking than the palette, the prints include monochrome interlocking grids and graphic Greek-key inspired patterns.
But it’s not all over for pink – just look how gorgeous the pale pink on the walls looks with the rich orange.
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A mere glance at the 2018 accessories collection from Élitis and we’re ready to stack the sofa ceiling-high with cushions in every shape and size. Front-row spaces go to the brand’s chic monochrome numbers embroidered with punchy ikats and softly diffused micro-prints.
Good job we don’t mind sitting on the floor then. The Opera and Diva mirrors mean walls can get in on the action too.
9. GP&J BAKER X H&M
British interiors house GP&J Baker is joining the likes of Alexander Wang, Erdem and Moschino as this month sees its collaboration with H&M hit shop floors.
What’s in store? The brand’s best-loved archive prints, from Blossom and Hydrangea Bird florals to Fretwork and Boxwood Trellis geometrics…
… strewn across palazzo pants, floaty dresses and sharp suits.
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10. BETHAN GRAY X ANTHROPOLOGIE
Anthropologie and Bethan Gray have a design DNA so similar, it makes us wonder how they’ve never crossed paths before. The pairing is set to mark September’s London Design Festival with the launch of an anticipated furniture collection. ‘We strive for a fresh take on femininity and choose the understated, warm colours that come with that,’ says Bethan, noting soft hues of rose pink, charcoal, mint green and brass used across the collection.
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‘But it goes beyond the visual to a passion for craft, natural materials and using them to tell stories.’ The tale being told here? Ancient patterns of indigenous American cultures, inspired by Anthropologie’s Pennsylvanian roots.
Expect bold shapes across Carrara marble, mango wood and glass.