Interior Design Trends & Buys: Summer 2018
Culture Whisper's edit of the most gorgeous interior design trends (and things to swoon over) this summer from the worlds of art, design and interiors
Interior Design Trends: Wicker wonders for the home
As one of the most pinned Interiors trends this year, rattan furniture has made something of a comeback. We've spied the lightweight and durable material, originally from Ancient Egypt, embellishing furniture, mirrors, light fittings and, of course, baskets, both on the high street (Zara Home) and in designer boutiques (Paolo Moschino).
Embrace the trend with La Redoute's gorgeous Ikoya Water Hyacinth Basket with vibrant pompoms (currently in stock, £65) or make a bold statement and invest in Anthropologie's Kinsella Rattan bed (above). Delicate and refined, this curved peacock feather-style bed frame will instantly lift drab or under-nourished bedroom interiors.
Kinsella Bed, Anthropologie, £1800
Interior Design Trends: Sultry slips, V&A Coco de Mer Collection
The Victoria & Albert museum has teamed up with luxury British lingerie retailer Coco de Mer for a limited edition 32-piece A/W collection. Entitled 'Beauty of Nature', the exquisite collection comprises four different ranges, all of which are inspired by the museum's design history and archives. Whilst we have fallen head over heels for the delicate motifs and ornate patterns across all four ranges, we particularly love the ruby red kimonos and the delicate combination of blue satin and gold embroidery in the 'Golden Heron' range; a range said to be inspired by an 18th-century glass and gilt perfume bottle in the V&A's collection. Expect a lot of luxury, opulence and glamour from two internationally-renowned design connoisseurs.
*The collection will be available to buy in global Coco de Mer retail outlets from September, but you can can be pre-order the collection online now.
Interior Design Trends: Limited Edition photographic prints
A major new exhibition at swanky Mayfair gallery Lazinc showcases a diverse cross-section of Banksy's most celebrated works, from his illicit, politically subversive street art epigrams to little-known painterly oils, sculptures and stenciled canvases.
But nestled among the Banksy originals on the second floor are a number of limited edition photographic prints of now vanished Banksy works taken by Banksy's art dealer Steve Lazarides. At only £350 each (the one above is our absolute favourite), they are the most accessible way into collecting the most elusive yet coveted street artist of all time. Catch them while you can.
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Interior Design Ideas and inspiration for entertaining like a French châtelaine
If you've ever dreamed of living in a magnificent French château, then, you'll love this beautiful new recipe book exploring the art of French cooking (and living), courtesy of Australian author Jane Webster. Setting up home in Château Bosgouet in Normandy, Jane and her family have truly embraced the traditions of grand countryside living.
With 60 delicious seasonal recipes – organised around ten themes – personal stories, top entertaining tips and foodie adventures across France's network of crumbling monuments, all beautifully illustrated with glorious photographs by Robyn Lea, Château Life is a regal celebration of grand entertaining à la francaise. Recreate the French splendour at home this summer and master the true Art de Vivre.
New Release: Château Life: Cuisine and Style in the French countryside, Maison Assouline, $85
Interior Design Ideas: The most romantic and seductive of monochromatic prints
Emma Stibbon RA, Canyon de Chelly
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is renowned for its chaotic, non-hierarchical 'Salon Hang', glamorous visitors and flourishing emerging arts scene. Originally quite a traditional affair it is today the world's biggest open submission (and selling) art show, attracting an overwhelming number of entrants each year; this year, around 1200 works are on display.
For us, Canyon de Chelly (£660 unframed) by British artist Emma Stibbon is among the highlight prints on display in the North Sackler Gallery. Whilst travelling around the world, the Portsmouth-based artist often records her response to the physical appearance and psychological impact of natural and built environments in stark, monochrome, and often large-scale, works on paper. Stibbon's romantic and dramatic print currently on display at the RA is characteristic of her artistic style and seduces the eye instantaneously.
Emma Stibbon, Canyon de Chelly (£660 unframed), Summer Exhibition
Interior Design Ideas: Slippers fit for a sultan
Alex Eagle's name might sound familiar: she is the woman behind the ultra chic boutique The Store, 180 The Strand – a retail-cum-concept space with an outpost in Berlin – Creative Director of Soho Famhouse's onsite shop, and the brains behind the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale. She's also head of the Alex Eagle brand, which stocks an eclectic mix of artworks, jewellery, furniture, ceramics and clothes in soho boutique, Alex Eagle Studio.
We love pretty much everything in Eagle's Studio, but we are totally obsessed with these Ranella Slippers in Blue Marine – now on sale. Made by hand in Italy, these en vogue canvas slippers are adorned with blue marine raffia threads. They're perfect for wafting around on holiday or jazzing up a simple but chic wedding outfit. One in every colour please!
Sanayi 313 Ranella Slippers in Blue Marine, £280 on sale
Interior Design Ideas: Japan-inspired design at its most quirky
In June, Europe's one and only Japan House, championing Japanese creativity, design, art, food and technology, threw open its doors to the public. Spanning all three floors of Kensington's former Art Deco department store Derry & Toms, Japan House London is, at least in part, responsible for a new trend for Japan-inspired design.
Among the most innovative Japan-inspired products to hit the shops this summer is Seletti's Kintsugi dinner plate set designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba. The plate's unusual design – the veins gluing the fragmented porcelain together are made from 24ct gold – takes inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of repairing ceramics with gold, known as Kintsugi. What could be more perfect for those long al fresco dinners?
Seletti Kintsugi Plate, £33