ELLE Decoration UK February 2020

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Sat at my desk, I’m writing this missive the day before the UK heads to the polls for our third general election in five years. As such, I’m rather preoccupied with the idea of uncertainty and the apparent unending cycle of change in this country… To my mind, change is a good thing and the opportunity to reassess and refresh is fitting at this early point in the year after all. Yes, it may be dark and dismal outside, but the eternal optimists among us can’t help but be buoyed up by the hint of hope and positive transformation no matter how distant they may seem. Without getting all new age about it, in 2020, the focus for the interiors industry, and ourselves as individuals, has to be about doing things consciously…

1 min
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1 min

Three words recurred as we compiled our Trend issue of 2020: PROVENANCE, MATERIALITY and SUSTAINABILITY. In the pages that follow, we profile the pioneers, explore the innovations and meet the brands driving this topical design trinity. From the designers shaping a new LUXURY ORGANIC AESTHETIC (p18) to the companies weaving SOCIAL PURPOSE on a global scale into the fabric of their products (p54). We meet the brands championing BRITISH MANUFACTURING in the face of Brexit (p64) and the MAVERICK putting a positive, stylish spin on the funeral industry (p46). Read about the SURREALIST TASTEMAKER promising to be interior design’s NEXT BIG STAR (p31) and delve into CORK, architecture’s latest hero (p60). Then, review the NEW LOOKS set to make an appearance in a home near you soon, from honey tones…

6 min
earthly splendours

Mushrooms. Turmeric. Corn husks. No, not a vegan meal, but just a few of the raw ingredients designers are harvesting to form surfaces, textiles, objects and furniture. The interiors world is responding to the climate crisis by reframing our relationship with nature. As intuitive problem solvers, designers should, logically, be the vanguard of material innovation. And in the process of hunting and gathering sustainable, earthly and bio-based waste materials to use in their work, they’re pioneering a new aesthetic – let’s call it organic luxury. Closely interwoven with the crafts renaissance, this approach is surely symptomatic of our growing obsession with the provenance of everything we consume – from food to homeware. With high-profile figures such as sailing legend Ellen MacArthur calling on designers to help shift the world towards a…

3 min
alfredo häberli

You wouldn’t think a multicoloured leather driving glove would inspire a range of finely woven upholstery fabrics, but that is how the mind of debonair Swiss-Argentinian designer Alfredo Häberli works. When you start to understand the breadth of his lateral thinking – for example, the frame of his iconic 2003 ‘Take a Line For a Walk’ armchair for Moroso was inspired by an American football mask – then anything seems possible. A glance around the organised clutter of his studio reveals a mine of inspirational items, mixed in with his own prototypes and products. ‘I collect objects because I can use and observe them,’ he says. ‘I can use the intelligence of an object for another field. I can transfer it from one sector to another.’ It is any wonder…

2 min
bare necessities

Boobs, bums and bodies have been ever-present in art and design in Western civilisation, but, with the latest reincarnation, there’s more at play than first meets the (naked) eye. From voluptuous vases to breast-adorned bath mats, there’s been an influx of homeware joyfully sporting the oft-censored areas of our anatomies – especially where the female form is concerned. So what’s behind this naked reappraisal? As ever with design, it’s part of a wider cultural movement. The prescribed notions of beauty we’ve been bombarded with are shifting towards a more body-positive mindset – and designers are joining in. Looking to the human form as their muse, artists are encouraging us to celebrate our figures. And, in the post-#MeToo world, women are doing just that – reclaiming their bodies and embracing them…