Fed up with the blustery British winter? Have a sneak peek at what Habitat has in store for us this Spring and you'll turn that frown upside down...
BY DEE IVA
It may be winter outside in the UK, but in our hearts it's spring. The grey skies have us yearning for some colour in our lives and, luckily, interiors store Habitat's 2016 Spring/Summer collection is giving us something to look forward to.
Zingy pops of colour contrasting with sultry blacks, bent woods, raw handmade accessories and industrial styling are the key looks we've homed in on. There's nothing to frighten the horses here, just interesting details to add a little spark to our homes. And sometimes that's all we need...
ABOVE: Red is a perennial favourite bringing warmth and drama to every room. 'Velo' table, £450; 'Pedley' modular storage unit, £795
ABOVE RIGHT: Cushions to make you smile. From left, 'Fido', £12; 'Porta', £40
OUR PICKS FROM HABITAT'S SPRING/SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION
'Avia' rattan furniture Ah rattan, how we've missed you! The sinuous Seventies styling of the 'Avia' seating collection has us pining for another series of The Good Life. This time round though it's more sculptural; the oversized armchair is very Patricia Urquiola but at a fraction of the price...
ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Avia' rattan tall chair, £250; bench, £295; small chair, £150
'Maine' and 'Patty' rugs Zingy geometrics always boost our mood. We love the way a concentrated area of pattern and colour can inject so much life into a room. The 'Maine' rug contrasts zig-zags and stripes in hot oranges; the 'Patty' rug's grid of multicoloured dots mixes fresh lime green, luscious pink and sultry grey to dramatic effect.
'Maine' flat weave rug, £120; 'Patty' flat weave rug, £65, both 140cm x 200cm
'Lucia' bed Green is still trending in the home. It swept through interiors like wild grass last year and doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. The powder-coated metal 'Lucia' bed is an update of a classic Habitat design (we had the black one back in the day) in the colour du jour.
'Lucia' double bed, £295
'Turini' cutlery At the other end of the colour spectrum is this deeply sexy cutlery set in jet black. Made of matt brushed steel, each piece is light in the hand and is a great example of stylish utilitarian design. We can't wait to get our hands on these...
'Turini' 16-piece black-finish cutlery set, £95
'Tirado', 'Leri', 'Peppae' and 'Layo' vases Craft is brought to the fore with these new vases and ceramics from Habitat's Spring/Summer collection. We particularly like the handblown 'Tirado' glass pieces with their ombré hues and the totemic 'Leri' vases which feature strong block colours. The naive quality of the painterly 'Peppae' and textured 'Layo' vases emphasise the hand of the maker; a little irregularity is no bad thing.
FROM LEFT: 'Tirado' medium vase, £25; 'Tirado' tall vase, £30; 'Leri' small bottle vase, £40; 'Leri' tall bottle vase, £40; 'Peppae' patterned vase, £40; 'Layo' scratch vase, £40
'Smithfield' sofa This oversized curvy leather sofa blows up Aaron Probyn's original 'Smithfield' chair design and makes it bigger and better. The extra deep seat and wide cushions give it major snuggle factor, perfect for dozing off on. Keen-eyed design fans may notice echoes of Matthew Hilton's classic 'Balzac' chair but this black beauty is thrice the size and thrice as sociable.
'Smithfield' three-seater leather sofa, £3,600
'Miles' shelving You can never have enough storage and this clever modular system allows you to add on pieces as and when you need them. But whereas most storage units take a back seat to their contents, the vivid green 'Miles' shelving system refuses to be ignored. Freestanding, it can be used as a room divider too making it truly versatile.
'Miles' shelving units from £250 per unit
'Cabot' lamp Here at the Fizz we're big fans of the industrial look but a little goes a long way in most homes. Enter the 'Cabot' table lamp with its twisted metal arm and scrapyard chic. We love that it looks like we just knocked it up ourselves and the way it sends out shafts of light through its perforated shade.
'Cabot' table lamp, £55
The Habitat Spring/Summer collection is available from February 2016