Here’s the lowdown on what’s new, what works and what to try this season in terms of interior decorating.
- Outdoor chic. Created by renowned Italian designer Rodolfo Dordoni for Kettal, The Boma Collection is designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use without compromising comfort or style. With a light aluminum frame as its base, various items in the collection are upholstered in textile fabrics, creating a warm and cozy feel.
- The extreme eclectic. Influenced by his British heritage, a unique approach to design and an obsession with manufacturing, Tom Dixon is recognized for crafting a range of sculptural products from luxurious, sleek and sometimes even unexpected materials. In his newest accessory offering, the self-taught designer once again works with some of his favorites: copper, crystal, cast iron, marble and wood, to create sophisticated interpretations of everyday objects. Identifiable and extraordinary in both form and figure, his design pieces are a thing of a dream. From his Cookshop series designed for the modern host, cocktail aficionado, or the enthusiastic chef, to the minimalist stationery collection made for the bookworm or prolific writer, his imaginative and glamorous touches reflect the best of British engineering and ingenuity.
- Animal collection. Rug designer Bahram Shabahang launched his brand, Orley Shabahang, with the vision of creating his own line of new Persian revival carpets. Masterful rugs with modernized designs made using resurrected old-world techniques, his creations are a perfect fit for the pervasive mixing of old and new in today’s decorating scene. His latest collection was inspired by depictions of animals in Persian folk art, which were historically done in a two-dimensional perspective. Most of the animals depicted in the rugs are no longer still living in Iran, so in a way, Bahram has tried to give new life to these native animals. We’re in love!
- Lionel Richie Home. Music legend Lionel Richie just released a line of home entertaining pieces – this being his first foray into the home design space. The collection, which includes a posh assortment of bone china with intricate gilded motifs, heavy crystal barware, decorative glass vessels, vases, and more – is very luxurious. The singer said the inspiration for the collection’s design came from his mother and grandmother and their love of the ballet and the symphony. His worldwide travels also came into play – being exposed to all kinds of spectacular settings (from royal palaces to the finest hotels and restaurants) helped a lot. Excellent for our next posh parties.
- Moleskine’s first ever furniture collection. Italian notebook brand Moleskine, the hipster journal of choice, has ventured out of the stationery aisle to inspire you to stay organized in the office. The brand has teamed up with design firm Driade for its very first furniture collection called Portable Atelier, which includes traditional pieces with the kind of streamlined aesthetic any minimalist would love. In addition to furniture, the line consists of colorful desks, organizers, pen holders, bookshelves, and a stool suitable for mixing and matching.
- Feminine glamour by Michelle Williams. It might appear that not only Beyonce is a business woman who ventures outside her musical career. Her former band mate, Michelle Williams, made her foray into the interior design world with a new home line, called Believe at Home by Michelle Williams, for EVINELive, a home shopping network. Her seven-piece collection – inspired by her experience visiting luxury hotels while traveling with her girl band – boasts two sheet sets, a comforter set, a pair of shams, a down blanket, a duvet set, and a cover set. The new items will be introduced in March and June.
- Transatlantica by Brunno Jahara. Brazilian designer Brunno Jahara collaborated with the prestigious Portugal Vista Alegre porcelain factory to design a beautiful tableware collection (on sale in the UK at Standseven), inspired by the relationship between Brazil and Portugal and the ocean that divides them. The entire collection is hand-painted and made using sustainably sourced materials.
- Wedgwood x Topshop Unique SS16. A modern take on Wedgwood’s most recognizable motifs – Wild Strawberry and blue Jasperware, this teacup and saucer is part of the new Wedgwood x Topshop Unique SS16 collection, which represents the latest move by Wedgwood to take its 250-year-old archive into new territory.