April 23, 2021

Our favourite new rugs and accessories this spring

This seasons's homeware highlights are all about unusual textures and materials, from recycled plastic bottles to chromatic glass.

Our favourite new rugs and accessories this spring

A veritable treasure trove of materials awaits you in our latest homeware drop. We’re talking hammered aluminium vases courtesy of Tom Dixon, &Tradition planters made from hand-cast concrete and two different outdoor rugs crafted from reclaimed plastic waste, meaning they’re both hardwearing and kind to the planet. Plus, can there be a roundup without a mid-century design icon being resurrected? We don't think so.

Collect Planter SC72 by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition

Pink concrete planter
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Concrete is hand-cast and polished as if it was clay to create this planter that was designed by Space Copenhagen for &Tradition. It can be rendered in one of six pastel hues – sage, slate, sky, ochre, sienna and silver – with its textured exterior contrasted against the high-gloss lacquer inside. The Collect Planter sits propped up on an elevated base that acts like a miniature pedestal and is also available in three other sizes.

Cloud Vase by Tom Dixon

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Every blow dealt by the skilled artisans in India who hammered these sculptural pieces is clearly visible and immortalised on their faceted surface. Designed by Tom Dixon, the Cloud series includes a platter and bowl as well as a short and tall vessel that can be used as anything from a vase to a champagne bucket. Crafted from reflective, polished aluminium, the pieces act as a kind of memento of the work that went into creating them. 

Tres Outdoor by Elisa Padron for Nanimarquina

Outdoor rug with patchwork pattern and small fringes on two sides
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Barcelona rugmaker Nanimarquina has adapted some of its most successful products, created in collaboration with designer Elisa Padron, for use outdoors. They are handwoven in the manner of a traditional Indian Dhurri rug but using a durable, recycled plastic yarn. Available in a black and white as well as a grey and green version, the Tres Outdoor range helps to add an element of warmth to any exterior setting.

Verto Mirror by AYTM

Round mirror with wedge shaped cut-outs, polished brass details and tinted glass
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Named after the Latin word for change, the Verto mirror takes on different colours depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Created by Danish brand Aytm, it comes in two colourways – an understated smoky version and a chromatic rainbow one that veers from green to pink and purple. Both feature triangular cut-outs and brass inlays, which help the design to effectively double up as a piece of wall art.

Blue Mazandaran Kilim Rug by Ashtari Carpets and Ethnicraft

Blue kilim rug with red and white stripes
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A Kilim is a type of flatweave wool rug that has been produced in Turkey and other countries in the former Persian Empire since ancient times. Created in collaboration with Antwerp rug store Ashtari, this version from Ethnicraft's new collection is hand-woven from sheep wool yarn, which has a high natural oil content and helps to create a floor covering that is both warm and durable.

Slide by Karin Nakamura for Fritz Hansen

Round table mirror with wooden tray base
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This sculptural storage unit was born from a collaboration between Karin Nakamura, who at the time was a product design student at London’s Central Saint Martins, and her mentor  Christian Andresen, head of design at Fritz Hansen. It consists of a hand-cast, concrete body, ashwood sliding tray and smoked glass mirror, creating a rich interplay of different textures despite its pared-back silhouette.

Hem Rug Medium by Ferm Living

Beige rug with asymmetric fringe border
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Although made from recycled PET, this outdoor rug by Ferm Living maintains a soft, tactile finish almost like wool. Paired with its hand-loomed flatweave and asymmetrical fringe trim, this gives the design an artisanal feel while still being hardwearing enough to withstand the elements. The rug comes in seven different sizes, with the medium version giving around 248 discarded plastic bottles a second lease on life. 

Échasse Vase Amber by Theresa Rand for Menu

Amber glass vase with metal base
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The drop-shaped body of the Échasse Vase was informed by laboratory test tubes, and relies on a black metal frame to be held upright. These thin, spindly legs also give the products its name, which means stilts in French. Created by German designer Theresa Rand, Menu offers the vessel in three sizes has now added a new amber hue, with a subtle gradient that gets ever so subtly lighter towards the top.

Flow Trolley by Normal Studio for Muuto

Trolleys with perforated metal shelves in light and dark grey
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With the Flow Trolley, Parisian design duo Normal Studio has created a piece for Muuto that is functional enough to fit into a workplace while refined detailing allows it to feel equally at home in a private residence or hotel room. Available in either a light or a bluey grey colour, the design features playfully oversized castors and perforated steel trays that cast shadows on the surrounding interior in the sunlight.

Girard Bird by Alexander Girard for Vitra

Wooden bird sculpture
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Although primarily a textile designer, Alexander Girard also created a series of abstract sculptures in the mid-1940s, among them a simplified, almost archaic-looking bird carved from the wood of an apple tree. The original is today housed in the Vitra Design Museum but Vitra has also created a version from French maple that is available for purchase as part of a close and ongoing collaboration with the Girard family.

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