From Peter Pilotto’s technicolour London Design Festival townhouse takeover to Valentino’s collaboration with porcelain producer Ceramiche Piemme, the brightest names in fashion and jewellery are having a love affair with homeware – and the results are sp
WHO? Since 2013, Madrid-based leather and luxury fashion house Loewe has been headed up by Jonathan Anderson, the Northern Irish designer famous for the avant-garde and boundary-pushing couture sent down the London Fashion Week runway for his own brand, JW Anderson. WHAT? Anderson has brought his love for British craftsmanship to the Spanish brand by delving into founder of the Arts and Crafts movement William Morris’ pattern archive and creating a one-off collection of pieces, from coats to dresses, in iconic Morris & Co prints. ‘I have always been a very big fan of the work of William Morris, from his bookplates to his furniture and textiles,’ Anderson told us. ‘Morris’s patterns translate easily from homeware to fashion, because they are incredibly modern designs that transcend generations.’ ( loewe.com).
WHO? The glitterati have gone mad for Alessandro Michele’s flamboyant Gucci garments (which feature pussy bows, exotic animals, baroque prints and plenty of colour, of course), since he stepped up to lead the Italian house’s design in 2015. Now, Michele is spearheading the brand’s first-ever foray into homeware in its 97-year history. WHAT? The debut collection includes Chiavari-style dining chairs, velvet-quilted screens, cushions, printed silk wallpapers and beautiful stylised ceramic jars (made by the 1735-founded Florentine porcelain manufacturer Richard Ginori, which the Gucci Group bought in 2013) containing scented candles. The many flora and fauna motifs from Michele’s collections abound: poppies, bees, insects and octopuses, to name a few. The price point is haute, but this is couture for the home. The next interior collection lands later in 2018 ( gucci.com).
WHO? Though most often associated with delicate diamonds and timeless necklaces, earrings and charm bracelets, Tiffany & Co has actually been selling home accessories since its launch in 1837, when it opened as a ‘stationery and fancy goods store’ stocking a range of bronze statues, porcelain objets and decorative mirrors. WHAT? Tiffany Home’s latest collection is the first to have input from new creative director Reed Krakoff, who was formerly involved with fashion brand Coach. His first full collection comes out in spring 2018. The aim of Tiffany Home’s range is to make the everyday extraordinary, with a sense of humour: this has involved taking household basics (party straws, baked-bean cans) and producing them in precious metals or fine porcelain, branding them with dashes of the iconic Tiffany Blue (tiffany.co.uk).
WHO? A native of Slovenia, London-based Lara Bohinc has forged a stellar career as a jewellery designer – consulting for Cartier and designing her own Art Deco-inspired collections. But Bohinc originally trained in industrial design and, after designing her first piece of furniture in 2014 (a table in collaboration with Lapicida), she has been making tracks towards interiors. WHAT? She has just opened her first studio and showroom in a beautifully converted Victorian townhouse in west London – the perfect heritage-meets-glamour backdrop for her growing line of furniture, decorative objects and lighting. Her love of precious stones prevails across the disciplines. ‘It is liberating designing furniture – you’re not constrained by fashion’s fast seasons, or the weight of a stone on an earring. My furniture pieces are very feminine, I think. Sort of like jewellery for the home.’ ( bohincstudio.com).
3 ‘Chiavari’ chair with embroidered tiger, £1,830 4 ‘Fumus’ ( birch, orange leaves and beeswax) candle in ‘Star Eye’ porcelain jar, £240 5 Velvet cushion with bee embroidery, £795
1 ‘Bird Charm’ keyring with William Morris ‘Strawberry Thief’ (1883) detail, £225 2 ‘Hammock Camo’ bag in William Morris ‘Honeysuckle’ (1876) print and calf leather, £1,625
6 ‘Tin can’ sculpture in sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue enamel, £945 7 ‘Crazy straw’ sculpture in sterling silver with Tiffany Blue enamel, £235
8 ‘Collision Console’ table in Carrara marble and brushed brass, £20,831 9 Vases, from left ‘ Venturi Tooth’, £1,307; ‘ Venturi Pear’ (in blue and white), £1,524; ‘ Venturi Pumpkin’, £1,951