Feel these fur­nish­ings

De­sign your rooms in a hands-on way

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Soft and ir­re­sistible: this sea­son’s musthaves for your home are all about touch. Tac­tile in­te­ri­ors are blur­ring the lines be­tween soft and hard fur­nish­ings, turn­ing a room from a place you in­habit to some­thing you ex­pe­ri­ence. “Velvet was a pop­u­lar fab­ric on the run­ways for au­tumn/win­ter 2016 and is now firmly es­tab­lished as one of the sea­son’s key in­te­ri­ors trends,” says Joe Burns of de­sign and de­vel­oper Oliver Burns. “Velvet lends a sense of warmth, depth and lux­ury to a room. Its ver­sa­til­ity and dura­bil­ity adds tex­ture from state­ment fo­cal pieces such as an arm­chair, sofa or head­board, through to cush­ions or throws.”

For blowout items to break a bud­get, Touched In­te­ri­ors has a range of cus­tom made wall panels, from di­a­mond-shaped velvet to red leather stud­ded with Swarovski crys­tals. Prices start from £250 for a 45 cm sq panel (touched­in­te­ri­ors. co.uk).

No longer a throw­back to the Seven­ties, flock – or coat­ing a sur­face is ma­te­rial – is fly­ing again. Nina Camp­bell’s La Gio­conda wall­pa­per range fea­tures a spot mo­tif printed in flock with a con­trast­ing out­line (£95 per roll, ni­nacamp­bell.com) while Os­borne and Lit­tle’s Pan­tanal wall­pa­per in­cludes ocelot and leop­ard prints in beaded and metal­lic fin­ishes (£119, john­lewis.com).

Walls are also bor­row­ing from floors, with re­claimed wood adding tex­ture, depth and warm­ing tones in­spired by na­ture. “The nat­u­ral knot­ting and move­ment in the tim­ber’s grain is a re­ally beau­ti­ful, tac­tile sur­face which is warm to touch and very or­ganic,” says So­phie Ashby, di­rec­tor at Stu­dio Ashby.

The York­shire yard of in­te­rior de­signer Bert & May is brim­ming with woody op­tions. Prices start from £49.50 per sq m for re­claimed wood cladding (bertand­may.com). Fam­i­ly­owned Dan­ish com­pany Di­ne­sen stocks full lengths of sus­tain­able Dou­glas wood and oak from £100 per sq m (di­ne­sen.com).

Lon­don’s land­mark South Bank Tower com­mis­sioned in­te­rior de­signer Rachel Win­ham to de­sign the show apart­ment. “We used a blend of rich cop­per, claret and tan tones and soft fab­rics in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures in­clud­ing fur, silk and cash­mere to cre­ate a warm and invit­ing space,” Win­ham says. “These lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als, when lay­ered with cush­ions and throws, add a rich­ness and depth.” French Con­nec­tion’s new au­tumn range nods to the trend and in­cludes the Thick Cut Glass ceil­ing lamp with a lus­trous-faceted sur­face (£165, french­con­nec­tion.com).

Re­becca Wake­field, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Banda De­sign Stu­dio, says the tac­tile trend taps into the grow­ing in­ter­est for en­ter­tain­ing in the home. “In­creas­ingly our clients want some­thing unique which is beau­ti­fully made, sus­tain­able and with provenance, which guests will com­ment on at din­ner par­ties.”

But it’s not just about show-off and sparkle. Athina Bluff, founder of Topol­ogy In­te­ri­ors, a vir­tual in­te­rior de­sign ser­vice that starts from £75 per room (topol­o­gy­lon­don.co.uk), says that our ob­ses­sion with touch comes from some­thing deeper. “We have a de­sire to en­hance our sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence with the items we sur­round our­selves with in our homes,” she says. “Sim­ply look­ing at some­thing is not enough. Adding the el­e­ment of touch clearly ap­peals to our sense of cu­rios­ity that per­haps stems from our child­hood de­vel­op­ment.”

Tex­ture is a key el­e­ment through­out Ar­ti­san, a bou­tique col­lec­tion of apart­ments by Duke­lease in Lon­don’s Fitzrovia, which has taken its de­sign cue from the district’s his­tor­i­cal fab­ric trade. “We’ve used ma­te­ri­als in un­ex­pected ways: fab­rics on walls and doors and lace de­tail­ing on bath­room tiles from Span­ish-born de­signer Pa­tri­cia Urquiola,” says Kather­ine Neather­coat from the scheme’s in­te­rior de­signer, Rolfe Judd. Urquiola’s sim­i­lar bas-re­lief tiles are avail­able from £281.47 per sq m (sur­facetiles.com).

Of course, the tac­tile trend is closely linked to our grow­ing ob­ses­sion with mak­ing things. For those keen to cre­ate their own state­ment piece, Bob­bin and Bow runs work­shops to make showy but soft chan­de­liers from rye straw and pa­per. For the less crafty, the com­pany also un­der­takes com­mis­sions start­ing at £170 (bob­binand­bow.com).

Sparkle: Cus­tom-made, di­a­mond-shaped, velvet wall panels from Touched In­te­ri­ors


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