THE FURNITURE RANGE
Founded in London by its Italian creative director Alessandra Melchiorri, Studio Sam creates beautifully designed, contemporary furniture pieces and the Cinque Terre Side Table is a harmonious marriage of marble and burr wood I absolutely love. Alessandra studied Architecture at Central Saint Martins in London and went on to work at internationally renowned interior design studios around the world; as a result, her designs encapsulate the definite relationship between architecture, interior design and Italian heritage. Every product is made in Italy and tells a story of impeccable craftsmanship techniques - the Cinque Terre side table is inspired by the region of Liguria, aiming to reflect both the scent of the sea and wild herbs over the mountains.
THE STYLISH SOLUTION
For many of us, it isn’t always an option to completely rewire a home to ensure the plugs are exactly where you want them. But at the same time, a chunky white extension lead rarely looks good. Faced with this same dilemma in her period property, Julie Lewis has created a range of retro-style fabric options in several colourways – there are currently over 35 to choose from – so you can either contrast your wiring with your interiors or opt for something complementary. There are also EU fittings and cables available.
THE ACCESSORIES COLLECTION
January always feels like the perfect time for a reset, and our homes are no exception. But with many months of winter ahead, I’m still craving cosy and calm. So, what better way to inject some tactility and texture into your space than with this new range of accessories from Arteriors? Tapping into the ‘warm minimalism’ trend – key for 2024 – rattans, raffias, rope detailing, and open-weave take centre stage in these designs, which incorporate lots of neutral tones and natural materials. I love the curvy edge of this tray – perfect on an ottoman.
THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK
Sophie Ashby is one of my favourite interior designers, so I’ll be first in line to buy her book, Home Art Soul, which is published in February. The celebratory tome marks a decade of business for the globally recognised designer. With a nomadic childhood split between South Africa and the UK, Sophie’s early life influenced her sense of ‘home’, and gave her a real passion for modern art, fine antiques and bold colour. She launched her London-based design studio in 2014, when she was 25 with just one client, but has since gone on to work with commercial and residential clients around the world. Showcasing a selection of projects, including Sophie’s own home, this book celebrates all that her aesthetic is about – think bright hues, quirky shapes, glamorous touches, eclectic materials and lots of inspirational artworks.
THE SUSTAINABLE LIGHT
Handcrafted in Denmark, The Knit-Wit by Scandinavian brand Made By Hand is the first knitted modern lamp. Light is gently distributed through the yarn’s pattern to create a beautiful effect, making each lamp distinctive and decorative, but the strong orb-like shape has a sculptural quality I really like. Available in a range of colours and sizes, The Knit-Wit is a cosy addition to any home – I’ve got my eye on the Pearl White Pendant Lamp for my bedroom – and best of all, production is sustainable, so there’s zero waste.
THE DESIGNER SALE
The Ultimate Interior Design Sale at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will take place from 15th-19th January, offering interiors fans the opportunity to take advantage of some tempting deals from some of the biggest names in the business. Whether you want a new carpet, some stylish furniture or simply to update your cushions, this is your chance to snag some serious discounts, as well as pick up ex-display pieces at reduced prices. One of my favourite spaces at DCCH is Design Avenue; here you can see pieces from brands including Bella Figura, David Seyfried, Jennifer Manners, Knots Rugs and Robert Langford – all of which are offering brilliant reductions on furniture, rugs and lighting.
THE GARDENING QUICK-FIX
Many of us aren’t ready to get back out in the garden just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning. Whether you have a small courtyard or generous borders, Dig is a new gardening club that can help you create a beautiful outdoor space. First, choose from one of the contemporary themes (Nordic, Mediterranean, Cottage, Jungle, Classic, Adventure), then the plants will be delivered to your door, along with easy-to-follow instructions and planting guides. The design team is led by award-winning garden designer Alex Hollingsworth and Dig only works with a selected network of trusted plant growers and suppliers, too.
THE CULT SOFA
With weeks, if not months, of dark nights still ahead, I’m dreaming of snuggling up with a box set on this generously proportioned sofa from King. The cult Australian brand, which has a showroom in London, has tapped into the modular trend with the 1977 collection. Featuring a low profile and organic curves – a signature of the brand – the modules can be configured to adapt to evolving lifestyles and space requirements. Plus, the long-lasting, recyclable steel components and 25-year steel frame warranty are all aimed at maximising longevity. Prices start from £1,490.
THE ART MEMBERSHIP
Investing in new artistic talent is a luxury – and that’s assuming you have the wall space to hang it. Enter Interrupted Art – the brainchild of Stephanie Crosland-Goss, who was responsible for developing for the Tate Galleries' collections. It’s an affordable membership service which gives people the chance to borrow art from a carefully curated group of emerging artists for ten weeks at a time. The chosen artwork is then expertly hung by Interrupted Art in your home, so you can try an array of different pieces with the option to buy them if they feel right in the space. Monthly memberships cost £66.
THE VERSATILE TILES
When it comes to tiling, Ca’ Pietra is always top of my list and its latest Petite collection truly allows you to be as creative as you like. Fans of stripes will love the extensive combinations available – with 12 shades to choose from, you can tailor-make your pairings. They also work well as a border for larger floor tiles or to create a strong finishing edge on a wall. The Petite Collection is available in six gloss colours – blue, green, olive, pearl, sky and white – as well as six matte colours: white, sky, graphite, cotto light, cotto dark and blue.
THE WALL COVERING
Textured wall coverings are a popular way to add interest to a room, and Belgium brand Omexco’s latest collection uses a diverse range of natural materials. Here, the designers have combined weaves, stripes and geometric patterns to highlight the myriad qualities these motifs have to offer. Archipelago harnesses the beauty of shells, while Intuition explores the beauty of natural materials.