By Ruth Doherty
This is a great time of year if you're looking for some interiors inspiration, as all the lovely spring/summer ranges are landing in store. And the Habitat SS20 collection is one of the brand's most desirable and directional so far, offering a host of home decor must-buys in one place.
Much of the collection has been inspired by the travels of the in-house design team, absorbing the surroundings of different habitats and lifestyles from across the globe. From traditional rattan workshops in Vietnam to ceramics gardens in Thailand and textile houses in India, this collection is a mix of traditional global craft meeting modern British design.
Discover five stylish pieces from the Habitat SS20 collection
Kate Butler, Head of Design at Habitat, says: 'You’ll find over 250 individual products in our SS20 collection each with their own design story, created for originality, designed to be layered into the expressive and individual modern home.
'Materials, colour and forms which feel relevant and brave translate a diverse range of ideas curated from different cultures and traditions, built around a central Habitat colour palette that allows these different aesthetics to work seamlessly togetherin the same space or as stand-alone statement pieces.And, as always, this is aspirational, durable design at an affordable, high street price. '
DERWENT FOUR POSTER BED FRAME
'We’ve stripped the archetypal, ornate four poster bed frame right back to a very pure, Habitat take on a bedroom design classic,' says Kate. 'The structure is made from solid oiled oak to showcase a beautiful woodgrain, both warm and relaxing for a bedroom and will complement many different bed linen styles. Like a traditional four poster, this is about creating a statement in the bedroom but its slender linear framework isn’t ostentatious and its discreet under-bed drawers provide ample storage.'
Kate says: 'The mid-century attitude towards simple, functional furniture design is still a central mantra of our design studio. Carl brings a new aesthetic to our armchair collection. The striking angular walnut framework is a nod to the mid-century school of architecture, with black leather upholstery adding a masculine feel.'
EMILIO VELVET SOFA
Plush velvet sofas are a strong trend that is sumptuous yet homely. Kate says: 'Emilio’s elegant, angular silhouette is topped with an obvious quilted duvet cushioning on both arms and back that epitomises sophisticated relaxation.
'This is a ‘cocoon’ sofa created for how we use living rooms today – Netflix binging, socialising, family lounging, escapism. We’ve also introduced new fabric variants to the collection this year with new colours including blush pink, moss green and ink blue velvets.'
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While there's always a place for sleek greys, whites and blacks, dinnerware this season is getting a colourful makeover. Kate says: 'Our hand-finished ceramics from Portugal continue to lead the trend in tabletop as customers opt for more Insta-worthy statement dinner and serveware. Reactive glazes, hand turned shapes and hand-painted patterns mean that each ceramic piece is unique.
'New for this season, Sicilia in a striking monochrome hand painted spot is for the extrovert while Sunny (pictured below) and its yellow rim is the ideal for those wanting to keep within the lines.
SURA HANDWOVEN RATTAN CHAISE
Rattan’s lightweight, durable, pliable and sustainable qualities make it a versatile materials to use allowing more unusual 3D forms and design pieces with an obvious hand-crafted and natural aesthetic to them.
'Sura is an homage to the rattan designs from the mid-century era, an architectural piece that is meant to be given space and appreciated for its form,' says Kate. 'We wanted to design a chaise that showcased the fluidity that rattan allows us as a material but still had obvious manipulated, structured form instead of it becoming an overtly curvaceous, organic design.
'The skinny black metal legs add to this sense of structure, the chaise appearing to float and its simple, natural finish emphasising the material and allowing you to add pattern and colour through textiles.'
Other Habitat pieces this season have moved away from just pure rattan to a new treatment of interwoven black and natural stripes, showing rattan being used in a more modern, graphic way, too.
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