The transition from summer to winter triggers a primitive response of nesting, cocooning and hibernation. Thoughts turn to simple pleasures: the crackle of an open fire or curling up under cashmere with a book. While the Scandinavians talk about hygge, the Japanese have ikigai, to do something that brings pleasure or fulfillment. But whatever philosophy you subscribe to, the change of season is a signal to indulge yourself at home.
Color, texture, and layers are important in creating a retreat. Check out the latest collections that blend curvy shape and ethereal lighting with a heavy dose of tactility. The first furniture collection by French architect and interior designer Charles Zana officially launched this month: a fusion of oak and cedar with brass, suede and woven leather. The lamps, emitting a soft glow, are forged from bronze and colored glass, and the fabrics weave tussah silk with wool and linen. “I created furniture with fluid shapes, inspired by the free forms of nature,” he says of the collection, which includes around 60 new and updated pieces. “Luxury equals generous dimensions that require space to breathe. I imagine the furniture as nomadic pieces – I like their arrangement to reflect the poetry of the place. Likewise, the palette is toned down and calming. “The sensuality lies in the harmonies of colors, adds Zana. “Shades of green and brown mixed with camel tones. I like the raw unfilled travertine, like the one found in Rome, and the brushed cedar from Lebanon chosen for its scent.
Jil Sander mohair blend blanket, £ 890
Invisible Collection Pierre Augustin Rose 280 Sofa, from £ 14,000
Materiality is the key to creating comfort. Soft knit layers are a staple this season (find super-soft mohair at MatchesFashion and cashmere throws at artemest.com from around £ 605). Buckle, turned sheepskin, and sheepskin remain popular fabric choices and add a lot of tactility. A delicate sheepskin chair tucked away in a corner helps soften a space, and the voluptuous shapes of modern designs (dubbed “chunky furniture”) give a new twist to ’70s style, taking inspiration from retro-futurism. designers such as Pierre Paulin, whose Pacha lounge chair reissued by Gubi (£ 1,889, vingttwentyone.com) remains strikingly contemporary despite its design in 1975.
A line can be drawn back to 1948 and the enveloping curves of Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair for Knoll ($ 4,364), thus turning the loop on modern versions that also hug the model. Pierre Yovanovitch makes this evident in the design of his Papa Bear teddy bear armchair (from £ 18,000). Pierre Augustin Rose’s sinuous loopy 280 sofa (from £ 14,000) and Laura Gonzalez’s Mawu chair (£ 1,812) at The Invisible Collection are more subtle style statements with the same sensibility.
If you’re looking for textile fabrics to use as curtains or coverings, Rose Uniacke’s green loop pile fabric (wool version, £ 194 per meter) creates an aesthetic quite cooler than the typical palette of whites. She also introduced mid-weight linen (starting at £ 91 per meter) with a fabric made in small batches and tumbled to produce an ultra-soft drape effect. If you want to add extra sumptuousness to a scheme, its mohair velor (£ 207 per m) is super tactile.
Softness underfoot is a must and rugs inject an extra layer of warmth which can also be a canvas of self-expression. The new collection by Deirdre Dyson (£ 960 per m² for the hand-knotted patterns) represents swirls and waves in aqua tones inspired by the sea. The Cogolin Manufacture has collaborated with Christian Bérard on rugs hand-knotted that bring the artist, fashion illustrator and designer archival gouaches to life, as well as strong graphic designs in collaboration with India Mahdavi and Brooklyn-based designer Jason Miller. The ever-inventive Moooi’s Lint carpet collection (from € 2,330) is an impenetrable representation of intertwined silk ribbons and, in a similar vein, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola produced the Patcha collection for Cc-Tapis using quilts mixed-media pieces (including the turn-down silk saree) as a collage, dyed with sustainable techniques (runners from £ 5,650 from Monologue London).
L. Ercolani Reprise chair with leather seat, £ 2,645
Hollie Ward Sasha Cushion, £ 360, thenewcraftsmen.com
Mid-Century Beni Ouarain Moroccan Rug, £ 500, maroctribal.com
Or look for vintage or heritage-inspired designs. The former e-merchant Beni has now opened showrooms in New York and Marrakech. Rugs are not only spongy but versatile; there is a wealth of design from colorful to monotone. New additions to Maroc Tribal’s vintage collection of Moroccan Berber rugs (from £ 300), for example, introduce calming colors and tactile textures, with the look boosting a new trend according to forecaster WGSN, who quotes “textures. tufted “as a key mood for 2022” Whether made by hand or with tufting guns, carpet-like materials will be used for cushions, rugs and car interiors, “says Lisa White, Director of the creation of WGSN.
Antique dealer and interior designer Robert Kime “creates coziness” by unrestrainedly associating antiques from different eras and cultures: Delftware is paired with Turkish rugs, gilded mirrors and oil paintings hanging above the walls. English furniture next to the stacks of books, creating a palpable warm atmosphere even in his Pimlico store. And Jessica Hanley, founder of the linen bedding company Piglet In Bed, sees the cottagecore last until 2022: “I think it will have a modern influence: more pastoral modern than shabby chic, and we could see colors. like forest green change to a lighter sage. . ”
The new direction taken by British furniture pillar Ercol, maker of the Windsor chair, reflects a longer-term change. He launched his sister brand, L. Ercolani, late last year, creating a home for classic pieces such as the Butterfly chair (from £ 740) alongside contemporary designs envisioned with designers such as Norm Architects and Matthew Hilton. It’s a modern and light version of traditional codes of comfort, observes director Henry Tadros. “We are creating future heirlooms to sit alongside my great-grandfather’s icons. “