This month, ELLE Decoration is celebrating 30 stylish years. In honour of this milestone, Editor Ben Spriggs has chosen his 30 favourite Habitat pieces, both present season and past.
From the statement Ribbon lamp which won an ELLE Decoration award in 2006 to the iconic chicken brick that has become a kitchen essential since launching in 1968, there isn’t a design in this edit that hasn’t become a bestseller. Keep reading to discover why Ben loves these particular designs as much as we do.
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THE PATSY MIRROR
“At ELLE Decoration we’re seeing a move towards oversized, circular mirrors as the perfect focal point in any room. I have one of these in my own living room and love how simple and sophisticated it looks with its subtle brushed gold frame.”
THE JAXSON RUG
“Forget a bold print on the wall – the statement rug is my new favourite way to create interest, while adding some texture and warmth too. This hand-tufted option is just the right size to sit in front of a sofa, and those zingy citrus tones feel really uplifting.”
THE ENSLEY VASE
“The slight imperfections of this vase are part of its charm. I find items that show signs of the maker either in their wonkiness or hand glazed surface have an integrity. I’d group together with similar pieces of loved ceramics, as it’s these small details that help create a well curated home.”
THE RICHMOND SIDEBOARD
“Every home needs a drinks cabinet and this super elegant walnut-panelled sideboard by Habitat’s designer, Matthew Long, channels the simplicity of a mid-century modern aesthetic with slender brass detailing really elevating the look. Make mine a martini!”
THE TAB SOFA
“Chubby design is one of this year’s biggest interiors trends and this sofa epitomises exactly why. Its generous padding and inviting curves promise comfort – exactly what we all need at the moment. Plus, because it’s modular, you can add pieces as your home and life evolve. Friendly and futureproof.”
THE CLARA DINNERWARE SET
“Striking dinnerware is here to stay, with interesting glazes, colours and patterns enlivening our tablescapes. Martha Coates’ design is a pared back, modern update on the more painterly styles of last season, and its vibrant papercut-style shapes will add flavour to any meal.”
THE ANDERSON BOOKCASE
“A stand-out bookcase, the Anderson is solid, sturdy and reliable, crafted from solid oak and delivered fully assembled, plus it’s timeless – meaning it’s really going to have longevity. The different sized compartments allow you to store books of course, but you can also display favourite objects too.”
THE HOTHAM LIGHT
“The perfect dinner guest, this LED pendant light offers gentle illumination that is diffused by its delicate yet striking laser-cut mesh shade. I suggest hanging it low over the table to create an intimate feel.”
THE CHICKEN BRICK
“It’s hard to believe that Habitat launched this back in 1968 and it’s still a home cooking essential today. Acting like a mini clay oven, it seals in moisture to create the perfect roast chicken. Plus, it’s stylish enough you can serve from it on the table.”
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