Refresh your living room with some stylish new season seating to make the cold winter months of 2019 a time to look forward to…
1. TALKING POINT
The must-have print of the season? ‘Conversationals’ – as coined by Linwood and exemplified in its Omega collection. How to get the dialogue going? Take one of its high-performance, super-soft Italian velvets, splattered with florals and geometrics spanning 16 styles from classic to contemporary and in 50 colourways, and ta-dah! Watch tongues wag.
2. EUROPEAN UNION
Italy is a nation famous for effortless style, yet Lema – one of its best-known furniture brands – has turned to British shores for a new look this season. Like raiding a friend’s wardrobe, four of its latest designs will be reimagined in textiles by Osborne & Little, including Chiara Andreatti’s Taiki armchair, above. Head to Lema’s expansive King’s Road showroom for an exclusive peek at the designs.
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3. PURE AND SIMPLE
The simple route to a happy home? Surround yourself with things you love. Such is the ethos at new furniture brand &Bespoke. Launched by industry veterans Roger Bannister and Steven Owens (previously of Benchmark furniture), the brand champions simple, beautifully crafted pieces made using sustainably sourced woods. Its Edition One collection of 12 functional and timeless pieces, including the Thorpe dining table complete with natural timber knots and defects, and enhanced by butterfly patches and raw, live edges. Also featured are the Bure dining chairs with Danish cord seats, and the stand-out, velvet-clad Malvern sofa. These are essential pieces set to be cast down the generations and loved for just as long.
4. FAMILY TIES
When you buy something, it should last a lifetime, say co-founders Alex Willcock and son Felix Conran of Maker & Son. The company sells chairs and sofas made from natural materials, with hardwood frames and handmade springs, wool and cotton padding, ethically sourced feathers and machine-washable linen/cotton covers. The pair know a thing about design: Felix is a product designer and grandson of Sir Terence Conran, while Alex worked as the buying director at The Conran Shop.
5. ART ATTACK
Save yourself a trek around the Tate Modern and delve into Clarke & Clarke’s Kaleidoscope collection of velvets and bouclé weaves instead. Umbra manages to pull off the Jackson Pollock paint-splattered look while having an air of impressionism
about it, with the Cubis print an ode to (you guessed it!) the early-20th-century cubist art form. A selection of neutral colourways – from Stone to Slate and Duck egg to Denim – ensures more understated tastes are covered.
6. FLOWER POWER
Eclectic furnishings specialist Soho Home has moved out of the house and into the garden with its first outdoor collection featuring the Kimani cane chair. Inspired by the Soho Beach House in Miami, the petal shape is woven by hand.
7. TRES BOUCLE
This season’s niche trend? Fluffy chairs. Livingetc has spotted them all over town in every shape and size, but we’re crowning this beauty by Danish brand Getama. Originally designed by Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel in 1958, The Conran Shop’s exclusive edition features a shaggy wool bouclette finish, courtesy of Pierre Frey. And if that wasn’t cosy enough, its curved, cocoon-shaped arms will scoop you into a hug.
8. PRETTY IN PINK
Hunker down on Gallotti&Radice’s Sophie armchair and you’ll feel like you’re floating on a velvety, pink-coloured cloud. Then consider the satin brass-plated legs and you’ll understand why we’re declaring this the most glamorous chair of them all. Call off the search!
9. HOT SEAT
Mid-century style is the gift that keeps on giving in the furniture world. Fans of the look with a penchant for sleek, Italian design will no doubt find Rubelli Casa’s Triennale Sofa 2 a piece worth drooling over. Low-slung, unashamedly bright, packed with large quilted cushions and supported by trademark Fifties-style barely-there legs, it’s as cool as it is comfy.
10. IN SEASON
It’s not just our wardrobes that need updating when the seasons change. Habitat’s The Fox chair and stool are the winter incarnations of its previous Akaros version. Designer Matthew Long calls this the shearling alter ego of the original.
11. BOX SET
The trick to making a white sofa much more than just a white sofa? Making like GamFratesi for Hay and adding Cognac leather piping for a hit of understated colour. The brainchild of a Danish and an Italian designer, the two-seater Silhouette is naturally sleek, resting its lightweight and elegant frame on black powder-coated steel legs.
12. FINE PRINT
Only a handful of textile prints truly stand the test of time. Take Marimekko’s classic poppies, or the ditzy florals of Liberty Fabrics. Rightly deserving of a place on that list are the works of Anni Albers – one of the best-known textile artists of the 20th century. At Christopher Farr Cloth, two new fabrics feature Anni’s designs with simple blocks of colour screen-printed onto pure Belgian linen. Orchestra, below, was inspired by her trips to the Berlin Opera in the Twenties and oozes a graphic yet effortless style.
13. SOFT TOUCH
With a name that means ‘to decorate’ in Swedish, Att Pynta is an affordable luxury homeware brand created by two friends – a Swede and a Brit – which sells stylish pieces such as this sumptuous Blanca sofa in seven shades of luxurious Italian cotton velvet.
14. PLAY IT COOL
‘Understated luxury’ is a design mantra widely aspired to but rarely mastered. Collins & Hayes looks set to change that. The Nottinghamshire-based brand takes an old-school approach that puts the emphasis firmly on craft (sofas, chairs and footstools are all handmade in its rural workshops) and materials (expect goose feather back cushions and strictly natural fibre fabrics). The ‘understated’ part is delivered by classic shapes and a subtle chalky palette, while hand-stitched detailing and the option to upholster in 360 shades from Romo’s Linara linen range adds luxe appeal.
15. SMOOTH OPERATOR
Velvet is given the couture treatment at Ashley Wilde with its new Dakota fabric. We’ve been lured in by a choice of 32 shades and a subtle embossing that gives the material a luxe finish. A fresh colour combo for the summer? Ochre and crimson – a match made in furnishings heaven.