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Curl up, relax (and admire…) Sofa.com and Abigail Ahern: new furniture

Get set for an exciting collaboration this autumn between two of Britain’s most respected and accessible interior brands: interior and product designer Abigail Ahern and upholstery designer/manufacturers Sofa.com who have created their first collection together.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail 3 Seat Sofa in Hudson £1810, Maud rectangular footstool in Dusty Rose £255

The three seater Abigail sofa, like the other pieces in the collection, can be upholstered in any of Sofa.com’s own house fabrics or a designer fabric, should these not appeal, though I can’t help thinking that these velvets (Hudson Roosevelt on the sofa, and Dusty Rose pink on the footstool) would be hard to beat.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail Sofa in Hudson £1810

As well as the must-have Abigail sofa, the collection includes this curvy, curl-into Stanley armchair, shown here upholstered in Baltic Roosevelt velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Stanley Armchair in Baltic £750 And my favourites: two cross-legged footstools, which work hard for their designated space: whether covered with clothes at the foot of a bed; with feet at the end of a sofa, or as extra seating when space becomes tight at a party….

Choose from square Celeste, below in Prussian Blue Velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Celeste Footstool in Prussian Blue £255

…. and Maud, a rectangular version that is large enough to use as an ottoman replacement or as a side table:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Maud Footstool in Dusty Rose £255

 [All images, Sofa.com

With prices from £1240 for the Abigail sofa; £580 for the Stanley armchair, and £225 for the Maud footstool, the collection is definitely on my shopping list… Visit sofa.com for more information and to order online.

 

Emerging Textile Designers, Sofa.com

Whether you are personally involved with textile design or simply shopping for curtain fabric in John Lewis, there’s no escaping how many fabrics there are in existence.

The constant challenge facing designers, from textile students to global companies, is to create new, original fabrics. Whilst fabric house archives are fantastic for initial inspiration, the new design must push boundaries, whether those are of colour combinations, pattern intricacy or behind-the-scenes production methods, whilst simultaneously remaining a design that we’re going to want to live alongside.

So Sofa.com‘s latest competition is great news: they’re celebrating the best emerging textile designers with their current competition to choose a fabric design that will become one of the latest upholstery fabric options for their sofas, chairs, beds and footstools.

Alongside the main judging panel, there’s also People’s Vote for shortlisted nominees, giving us the chance to vote for our favourite fabric from their final selection of 15 (plus there’s a chance to win £1000 to spend at Sofa.com)

I’ve narrowed mine down to a shortlist of four, see below…

isabel crossman

Isabel Crossman (above) was inspired by Slim Aarons’s images of the 1960s jet-set…

Natalie Raines (below) also looked to the 1960s, siting the bold yet simple Swedish designs from this period as her inspiration:

natalie raines

Sarah Victoria Roberts (below) coral-inspired fabric is a repeat pattern in easy-to-live-with modern neutral tones

sarah roberts jpeg

Emily Thompson (below) mixes the bold colours of Morocco with motifs sourced the Arts & Crafts and Art Deco movements.

emily thompson

Which ones do you prefer? You can see all the nominees and vote for your favourite directly on the Sofa.com website here

Spring Summer 2013 trends at BHS

Brighton has a special place in British hearts: just the mention of sunshine or a bank holiday, and hundreds gather on the town’s shingle beach and Pier. Now BHS have named one of their key themes for this summer after this seaside city: the products are modern, fresh, with bright colours and patchwork patterns. My favourites are the Hove* table set and the fab Brighton kitchen chair.

 

Top image: Maisey sofa, Hove nest of tables, and all products, all from BHS 

Cut outs: Brighton chair, Maisey armchair and cushions, Brighton bedspread, all from BHS 

All in store or online from Janaury 2013 onwards. BHS 0844 411 6000 http://www.bhs.co.uk 

(*As any resident of Hove knows, this should really be called the ‘Hove, Actually’ table set)