The direction – bold lines

The outline is very much in this season at Habitat, with black lines creating dramatic, timeless shapes. The linear furniture and accessories reflect their beginnings as sketches on paper.

Some pieces resemble a loose scribble or a doodle. Others are more precise, building patterns from strict, straight lines, as if created on an Etcha-a-Sketch. These contrasts are meant for mixing, with one style either relaxing or smartening up the other.

The Colby shelves are an example of simplicity being a powerful statement. The black diagonal braces sum up form and function equaling great design. They’re both vital to making the shelves strong and a striking feature.

The Sura chair, a Habitat team favourite, was designed in-house by Naoko Kanehira. Made in woven rattan, the chair blends Japanese aesthetics with 1960s European bohemia. In black, its structure has a light presence, despite its intricate pattern. The shadow it casts is just as beautiful as the chair itself.

The rattan Elico lounger, clothes rail and bench also draw influence from Japanese design. These straightforward shapes won’t date, this kind of minimalism feels perpetually modern.

The bold lines trend is clearest to see in lighting, where the shape of a floor lamp has been stripped back to its skeleton. The looping metal base of the Sketch lamp, meanwhile, looks like a little scribble.

The pieces shown will be arriving in-store and online over the coming weeks. Colby shelves; Drake chair; Elico lounger; Elico clothes rail; Sura chair, Hoy table; Sketch table lamp; Baine floor lamp; Elico bench; Tetta rug; Etto throw

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