I was invited to have a peak at Habitat's SS15 collection and now I can share it with you! I'm always excited to see what new things Habitat has created to freshen up our decor each season. I love the clean, modern lines of their wooden furniture, the comfort of the chairs and sofas, their clever use of colour, lush textiles and tactile accessories, and the collections always include an emphasis on handmade and come in at an affordable price point. Their pieces fit with just about any style of decor, from traditional to eclectic, and there are lots of designs that work especially well if you lean toward Midcentury modern but are looking for the shiny and new with a contemporary update. And colour lovers will appreciate the unexpected options that pop up each season.
Here is an overview of the major trend stories Habitat is presenting for spring.
This modular sofa features classic, timeless shapes updated with contemporary, highly tailored detailing and works well to complement and soften linear pieces such as the shelving unit and tripod lamp:
Habitat have explored a variety of hand techniques for textiles ranging from flat weave to hand tufted and hand knotted rugs. All the designs have been produced in house and Habitat continue to experiment with the upcycled yarn technique they introduced in SS14. Modern geometric pattern also continues to feature heavily across the collection with a new design called Odeon (as seen above) for rugs and cushions, as well as botanical inspired textiles using a variety of finishes, from digital printing to flocking.
Storage Gets More Stylish; Lighting Reflects Nature
Habitat have created three storage collections that have taken inspiration from contemporary urban, the 1970s, and country influences, the latter as shown in the Elder range (below, right). It is a pared down design with a mix of pull-out natural beech boxes that give a nod to a more puritan, rural feel, offset by a coloured frame in either a linen or sage green finish.
Habitat is famous for its lighting and this season they have been looking at using materials in
unexpected ways, with a focus on reflecting the natural and organic design orientation for this season. The Verity (below) is a studio designed print on a classic boule shape.
Bold, geometric shapes form the architectural footprint for statement furniture, such as the uniquely structured Emil birch dressing table. I love how it mixes shapes and plays with proportion to create a unique and functional piece.
The Okli desk in oak brings geometry to the office with its striking boxy design atop skinny black legs:
Accessories: New Neutrals, Dipped Wire and Woven Construction
Accent pieces will satisfy both lovers of vivid colour as well as those who lean toward the subdued.
To bring the sunny elements of summer into the home, wire is manipulated by hand into a variety of forms, in colours from fluoro orange to bright yellow and green:
Or, stay grounded with hand finished, matt and glazed earthenware finished in a neutral palette of calm off-whites and greys:
Natural rattans, bamboos and seagrasses are handwoven to create functional frameworks and textural objects, such as these graphic laundry and storage baskets:
Mixed Materials Go Outdoors
Global influences and materials ranging from natural bamboo and rattans, ceramics, textiles and metals working seamlessly to bring colour and pattern to outdoor furniture, accessories and tabletop pieces.
If you're looking to get away from the usual melamine for outdoor dining, Habitat offers an alterative in a new eco bamboo composite that is the base material for the new Nadi picnicware collection (the solid coloured pieces below). Discovered on a buying trip to Vietnam, this is an incredibly pure and fully bio-degradable material as it uses only natural ‘ingredients’ such as natural bamboo fibre, rice starch and natural gum in its construction. Unlike melamine, it also gives a soft matte finish to pieces and is even dishwasher safe.
Have any of these trends got you thinking about how you can bring spring into your home next year?