It was great to be back in Sydney last week to preview the new homewares and lifestyle ranges from Australian designers for the Autumn/Winter 2015 season.
Many brands released their new ranges at The Life Instyle trade show at the Royal Hordern Pavilion, a boutique trade event where suppliers and wholesalers showcase their art, furniture, lifestyle and homewares ranges for the upcoming season to the industry.
This year, there was plenty of colour, texture and talent on display. It’s so exciting to know there is another beautiful selection of home and lifestyle collections coming our way.
Strongly trending colours for the coming season include peach, melon, tangerine, sky blue and indigo, while pale greys, charcoal and white continue to provide the backdrop for graphic patterns and geometric design. I loved seeing the use of bright blues and greens against softer pastels in some of the ranges.
Kate & Kate
Releasing their first collection in 2013, the Kate and Kate range of cotton blankets quickly became a cult product in the homewares market. The sister-in-law duo has done it again for 2015, launching new colour ways for their beautiful blankets and debuting two new products.
In a unique collaboration with Melbourne creative Marsha Golemac, the ‘Capsule Collection’ combines new graphics with shots of blue, green and pink worked back with classic black, white and grey.
This collaboration collection is a beautiful complement to their new season ‘Quiet Geometry’ range of blankets, featuring sky blue, peach and signature shades of grey and charcoal.
This season also sees the release of a new range of linen throws for Kate & Kate. I love the soft graphics and pastel hues in the Sea Tangle range.
And if that wasn’t enough, these clever designers also debuted a new range of velour/terry towels!
Photography by Brooke Holm.
Lumiere Art + Co
Life Instyle saw the launch of the Autumn Winter 2015 ‘Art House’ range for talented designer Emma Cleine of Lumiere Art + Co.
Drawing on Emma’s background as an artist and her love of unique dying and printing techniques, the Art House collection is a beautiful interplay of pattern, colour and texture. I particularly love the Shibori Linen Fringe collection of cushions and throws.
The Golden Arches and Thumb Tack designs showcase bolder prints in bright hues of melon, peach and aqua.
Cherie and Nareen are the founders of Melbourne-based Marmoset Found, a wholesale business producing a range of ceramics, lighting and homewares. I love their range for its handcrafted, tactile and raw aesthetic.
This year, the designers continued the success of their ‘Cloud’ range of serving plates and vessels with new colour ways in lilac, sky and charcoal. These work beautifully with existing pieces in white and dove grey.
The designers also released a new range of linen throws and a dreamy collection of cotton and canvas cushions.
One Another is an ethical producer of homewares and accessories, partnering with communities in South Africa and India to provide fair employment conditions and independent income for impoverished women.
Designers Rick and Annette Carter are dedicated to helping women in challenging regions through their homewares range, as well as contributing to sustainable design. Some of their cushions for example are handmade from jersey cotton using the by-product of cotton mills in Cape Town.
I loved seeing the blush/nude tones combine with stronger tangerine, charcoal and black in their Intersect range this year.
Every product is hand-signed by the embroiderer or weaver who made it. This year, One Another was nominated in the ‘Ethical’ category of the GALA Awards.
Styled by Bettina McIlwraith.
Hope you enjoyed my round-up of the new Autumn Winter 2015 homewares and lifestyle ranges. These gorgeous products will be available online and in stores from March 2015.