In the age of lockdowns and COVID-19, it has become apparent to many of us that we’ve been neglecting our home for too long. Rooms that were previously perfectly adequate for active lifestyles have suddenly felt drab and cluttered, not spaces you want to spend holed up in for weeks or months on end.
So if, like us, you feel your pad could do with a facelift, the following brands should be your first ports of call for stylish home upgrades.
If you’re looking to really amp up the design credentials of your furniture, consider Swoon Editions. Founded with the intention of bringing beautiful design to homes without the dramatic price tags, Swoon’s in-house design team create original pieces at a fraction of the price. With a wide array of products from tables and seating to home furnishings, whether you’re picking out bits for a contemporary-styled living room or Scandi-themed home office, Swoon have got the lot.
We love Tom Dixon. What a man. From scrap-metal-welding experimentalist to nationally-respected design king, the offices, restaurants, bars, hotels and other intriguingly-designed spaces he’s left in his wake are all incredible. And thanks to the brand he helms, you can get a pinch (or a hefty punch if you’ve got the funds) of that modern styling in your own home. Dramatic lighting and trademark welded furniture right through to glassware and candles will all bring a sense of excitement and intrigue to your abode.
Fans of warehouses, open brickwork and New York lofts, Industville is worth considering when it comes to kitting out the lighting in your home. From dramatic copper pendants to simple wall-mounted bulbs with a rugged twist, the award-winning interiors company has a wide selection of styles and materials to fit your required aesthetic.
If you’re a fan of Soho House (who isn’t?), you’re going to love Soho Home. Inspired by the member’s clubs interiors, the Home collection comprises contemporary, fresh pieces that run the gamut from furniture, lighting and tableware through to textiles and accessories. A mixture of bold and subtle, with high-quality materials often sourced from the UK, the Soho Home collection has been used and tested in the chain’s Houses worldwide, so you know each product is fit for purpose.
As much as a one-stop curated lifestyle store as it is an interiors-specific destination, Anthropologie’s collections are a stylish purchasable mood-board featuring a wealth of homeware and furniture. Rooted in fashion, art and entertaining, there’s plenty on offer for those with vibrant, colour-led spaces in mind but also those in search of a one-off signature piece to give a room a little pop. The brand has a passion for collaborating with talented producers, from household names to up-and-coming artists.
Made.com originally came about when founder Ning Li was trying to kit out his flat in Paris. Confronted by a lack of inexpensive quality furniture, he set about changing that by simplifying the process – working directly with the makers and bringing well-designed furniture to the masses at a lower price point. Made has since grown to be a leader in affordable and varied interiors and with its Talentlab project, provides an innovative way for designers and producers to put forward future designs for customers to buy direct.
Perhaps and obvious one, with its one-stop-shop department store credentials, but for solid, well-made basics with a stylish edge, you can do much worse than John Lewis. There’s temptation with this list to pursue some pretty eccentric designs and colour schemes, but for classic sophisticated lighting and furniture that can lift a space without committing you to a full on Art Deco revival, John Lewis has got you covered.