The transition from summer to winter causes a primordial reaction of nest, cocoon and hibernation. Thoughts turn to simple pleasure: the crackling of an open fire or curling up under cashmere with a book. While the Scandinavians talk about fun, the Japanese have ekigai, to do something that brings pleasure or fulfillment. But whatever philosophy you endorse, the change in season is a clue to feast on at home.
Color, texture and layers are important to create a refuge. Check out the latest collections that unite meandering and ethereal lighting with a large dose of palpability. French architect and interior designer Charles Zanainauguration furniture collection officially unveiled this month: a blend of oak and cedar with copper, suede and woven leather. Lamps, which radiate a soft glow, are forged from bronze and colored glass, and fabric weaves tussah-silk with wool and linen. “I created furniture with flowing shapes, inspired by the free shapes of nature,” he says of the collection, which includes about 60 new and updated pieces. “Luxury is equal to spacious dimensions that require space to breathe. I imagine my furniture as nomadic pieces – I like it when their arrangement reflects the poetry of the place. ” Similarly, the palette is muted and calming. “Sensuality lies in the harmonies of colors,” adds Zana. “Shades of green and brown mixed with camel tones. I love raw unfilled Travertino, as found in Rome, and brushed cedar wood from Lebanon for its perfume. ”
Materiality is the key to creating comfort. Low soft knits are a seasonal staple food (find super soft mohair at MatchesMode and cashmere toss on artemest.com from about £ 605). Bouclé, clip and sheepskin remain popular material choices, adding a lot of tactility. A touch-legged sheepskin chair tucked away in a corner helps soften a space, and the voluptuous shapes of modern designs (called “fat furniture”) have added a new twist to the 70s style, and draws from the retro-futurism of designers such as Pierre Paulin, whose Pacha lounge chair was reissued by Gubi (£ 1,889, twentytwentyoneone.com) remains remarkably contemporary despite being conceived in 1975.
A line can be traced back to 1948 and the enveloping curves of Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair for Knoll ($ 4,364), turns full circle to modern versions that also embrace the babysitter. Pierre Yovanovitch makes this clear in the design of his teddy bear-like Papa Bear Armchair (from £ 18,000). Pierre Augustin Rose’s Winding Curl Bank 280 (from £ 14,000) and Laura Gonzalez’s Word Chair (£ 1,812) at The Invisible Collection are more subtle style-led statements with the same sensibility.
If you are looking for textiles to use as curtains or covers, Rose Uniacke‘s green bouclé fabric (wool version, £ 194 per m) creates a completely fresher aesthetic than the typical palette of whites. She also introduced medium-weight linen (from £ 91 per m) with fabric made in small bursts and tumbled to produce an ultra-soft draping effect. If you want to add extra opulence to a scheme, her mohair velvet (£ 207 per m) is super touchable.
Softness under the feet is a must and rugs inject an extra layer of warmth that can also be a canvas for self-expression. Deirdre Dyson‘s new collection (£ 960 per sq m for hand-knotted designs) depicts vortices and ripples in shades of aqua that take inspiration from the sea. La Cogolin Manufacturing collaborated with Christian Bérard on hand-knotted rugs that bring to life archival gouaches by artist, fashion illustrator and designer, along with strong graphic designs in collaboration with India Mahdavi and Brooklyn-based designer Jason Miller. The ever inventive Moooi’s Ribbon Carpet Collection (from € 2,330) is an in-your-face depiction of interwoven silk ribbons and in the same vein, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola created the Patcha collection for Cc carpet use of patchwork of mixed media pieces (including cast silk sari) such as a collage, colored with sustainable techniques (runners from £ 5,650 from Monologue London).
L.Ercolani Reprise chair with concealed seat, £ 2,645
Hollie Ward Sasha pillow, £ 360, thenewcraftsmen.com
Or look at vintage or heritage-informed designs. One-time e-tailer I has now opened showrooms in New York and Marrakech. The rugs are not only squishy, but versatile; there is a wealth of design from the colorful to the monotonous. New additions to Morocco TribeMoroccan Berber rugs’ vintage range (from £ 300), for example, introduces soothing colors and tangible textures, the look that spurs a new trend according to WGSN forecaster, who cites “tufted textures” as a key vote for 2022. made by hand or with tufted rifles, matte materials will be used for pillows, rugs and car interiors, ”says Lisa White, WGSN’s creative director.
Antique dealer and interior designer Robert Kime “Create comfort” by linking antiquities from different eras and cultures without restrictions: Delftware is teamed with Turkish rugs, gilded mirrors and oil paintings hang over English furniture next to piles of books, creating a homely atmosphere that is palpable even in its Pimlico store . And Jessica Hanley, founder of linen bedding company Pig In Bed, sees cottagecore last until well into 2022: “I think it will have a modern impact: more modern pastoral than shabby chic, and we may see colors like forest green go for a lighter sage.”
The new direction taken by British furniture maker Ercol, maker of the Windsor chair, reflects a long-term shift. It introduced its sister brand, L.Ercolani, late last year, creating a home for classic pieces such as the Butterfly Chair (from £ 740) along with contemporary designs envisaged alongside designers such as Norm Architects and Matthew Hilton. It’s a modern, lighter version of traditional codes of convenience, observes director Henry Tadros. “We’re creating future heirlooms to sit next to my great – grandfather’s icons.”