It’s June. We’re all desperate for summer to make a permanent appearance. Never one to wish our lives away but our mood has been brightened considerably by last week’s press show and a sneak peek as to what we’ll be filling our homes with come September and the arrival of AW16 at Habitat.
The show, entitled ‘Expression’, opened rather fittingly with a range of hand painted ceramics. Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, vases, platters and bowls were decorated with bold and bright drips and dribbles, splatters and splashes resulting in entirely unique designs.
Things turned altogether more earthy in tone within the textiles collection of cushions, rugs and throws. Contrasting fabrics of velvets, linens and faux fur were all treated to a Habitat twist – silhouetted modernist flock prints, brightly piped edges and ombred embroideries in graphic repeat. We couldn’t help getting on hands and knees to sink our fingers into the sumptuously luxurious pile of the Dashes and Epping rugs. A premium technique of hand-knotting, undertaken by master craftsman in India, is used to create a super dense pile of unrivaled durability and beautiful drape. We were in love.
Creating a statement from right across the room was lighting. Bare bulbs, graphically linear cage shades and smoked glass were impossible to ignore and our favourite collection by far. The Zelie shades had a touch of Danish design influence about them and create beautiful shadows. The enormous Colette pendant is motivating us to upgrade to a bigger house, such is the draw to own one.
Below these lights a collection of modular and tiered coffee tables – one of the biggest trends in occasional furniture at the moment. We loved the Bruni range contrasting height, colour and material. The Quinn coffee table’s pebble-like components are sandblasted to make a feature of the inherent nature of oak.
Onto furniture and the undulating curve of the Atlas bookcase really caught our eye. Cleverly designed to minimise the imposing proportions of wall storage, we loved the fact that it can be purchased in separate modules so you can craft it perfectly to fit your space. With a complete shelf at £120 and add-on extensions at only £95 each, it’s bespoke on a budget.
It was a return to cuddly comfort with the Colby sofa. Made in Italy we loved its feminine sloping arms and sumptuous feather-filled cushions. We could almost have taken a nap on it under the Splatter throw, a digitally printed beauty of a piece on an extra fine merino wool base.
The far end of the room was dominated by pure eye candy. The Hans rug, a modern take on a traditional Moroccan Boucherouite rug is going straight on the wish list (we loved its unusual flatweave borders contrasting against the deep pile of the rug). The Copeland bed is a lesson in how Habitat does a four-poster. Bright vermillion in hue, its hidden legs made it appear as if floating. A wow piece if ever we saw one. A huge focus was evident on bedlinen with new ranges in the form of Noah, hand drawn lineal design in orange; Ellis, woven checks that gave a nod to nostalgia; and the dogtoothed jacquard luxury of Warren.
The autumn/winter press show always offers a cherry on the cake in the form of a first look at Christmas. Yes, we know, it’s ages away but we can’t help but be charmed by jewels and glitter.