Last week saw the Habitat SS17 Press Show take over Platform at our King’s Road store. And boy, did it take over. Gone were the bright white walls so synonymous with the space, and in its place, terracotta block colour festooned with a 70’s inspired, undulating scroll (featuring the key colour of the season, FYI: cobalt blue) to carry you on a journey around the room.
“Our new collection arrives in stores at Habitat in February 2017 and, as ever, brings with it a score of creative ideas from Habitat’s London design studio. Traditional craftsmanship sits alongside cool contemporary thinking, our designers taking inspiration from a range of influences to produce designs for inside and out and sourced from travels around the globe. Working with suppliers and craftspeople from 12 different countries, we’ve curated a new seasonal collection of 250 unique products that hero individual and affordable design. From exhibitionist statement pieces to understated, handmade crafts, each product has its own distinct design personality that reflects, in its own way, the Habitat philosophy of ‘imagining life as it should be’.”
Polly Dickens, Creative Director
Kicking off with the new outdoor range, we were glad to see rattan was still big. Top of our wish list: Koba. A steam-bent rattan range carved into the most beautifully curvy shapes. We also loved the Jambi range; unapologetically bright, each piece takes around 15 hours to weave. Now that’s a labour of love.
Lighting for the new season is far from shy and retiring. The Cinders triple drop pendant would look just fabulous in a stairwell. The Quad easyfit shade plays perfectly into the Skinny Linear trend, its striking multi-directional composition made from fine black wire in overlapping geometric shapes casts beautiful shadows when lit. Table lights held an equal element of kapow. Standouts being Shelby, a half sphere on a magnetic marble base, and Tuba, which references its name to cast light upwards from its sculptural shaping.
As our sneak peek last week alluded to, SS17 is inspired by the artistic strokes of, among others, David Hockney and Roberto Burle Marx. On textiles, we loved Callie, Georgia and Scribble cushions and the Scales rug. Matese and Tobias vases and the Corroco melamine dinnerware packed a punch. Our favourite for painterly prowess however had to be Perdita, a range of dinnerware hand-decorated in Portugal so each is unique. Definitely our must-have of the entire collection.
Possibly the key item within the Skinny Linear story is the Tingo bookcase. Designed in house by Matthew Long, it features an angled shelf to give real personality to its clean lines. We also saw the fruits of Polly’s trip to India. Remember those screenprinted table tops she gave us the heads up on? Well, keep your eyes peeled for the stunning Edwin range come spring. Other furniture highlights are the Nestor marble topped coffee tables on skinny black legs and the Palmo bed which, cleverly, has two mattress heights: raised or sunken.
Add all the above to a groovy dose of retro in the form of the Bullseye and Zoe cushions and you can be sure that SS17 is going to make an impact!