Scandi Wishlist | Homewares

Wood grain, concrete, shades of grey. Oh,and a big grumpy lion… Things i’m currently coveting.  

Origami ‘folds’ make this Scandi inspired matte black vase from Barker and Stonehouse a sculptural delight, with or without flowers. Made by nordic homeware icons Bloomingville, it was bound to be simple, unpretentious, and bloomin’ gorgeous.

I’ve been searching for the perfect contemporary wooden serving dish for soooo long. The wood has always been too light, too dark, too orangey, too bambooey (uh huh, yes it is a thing). Until now that is. Habitat’s Dani bowl (they call it a bread basket but don’t ruin it for me) has a lacquered white exterior that sets off its willow wood interior perfectly. Hurrah!

So yes, at £135, it is a little pricey for a cushion, but then this is the sofa-enhancing love child of iconic Finnish design house Iittala and perfect purveyor of pleats Issey Miyake. The Zigzag cushion melds the former’s contemporary aesthetic and the latters innovative pleating into a cushion that creates an ever-changing play of light and shadow across its herringbone surface. Plus, it comes with a feather cushion pad included. So, you know, a completely justifiable purchase.

French Connection have put together a very lust-worthy homeware collection this season, and this black table light, with its gunmetal finish and soapstone base, sums up how they’ve gotten proportions, lines and materials just right.

I still don’t think you can beat the juxtaposition of raw, honest concrete with a bit of high shine metal. This copper and concrete ‘Chunk’ candle holder from Menu is pretty much perfection.

French Connection scores a double whammy on this week’s wish list with this chunky mango wood table. Contemporary with a hint of mid-century modernism.

West Elm opened their first British store three years ago now, and it’s still a firm favourite on my shopping list. This super soft black looped wool cushion is made in Nepal in a Fair Trade Certified workshop, meaning it directly improves the lives of the artisans who make it.

I only recently discovered the Shopfloor Project, but I’m now rather addicted to their artfully curated collections. Their mantra is to stock  only ‘objects worthy of passing down through generations’, a pretty great guiding principle. Their ‘Colour Number 2’ print is a limited edition, recreated from an 800 page book of colours, handwritten in 1692 by an unknown Dutch author. Dated 300 years before the Pantone Colour Guide was introduced, it’s possibly the oldest colour chart in existence.

It may not be 300 years old, but this Lion print wall art from etsy store LILAxLOLA has been on my wishlist for forever, and there is the perfect space earmarked for it above our new sofa. I think he looks amusingly grumpy, the other half thinks he looks single-mindedly focused. Who’s right?


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