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The Stylish Tabletop Trend Taking Over Instagram

Why fashion designers are turning their attention to interiors

Anna Saunders

As we’ve hibernated at home over the past year, plenty of us have found ourselves reconsidering our living spaces – and discovering a renewed appreciation for interiors. And fashion designers are, apparently, no exception.

Over the past few months, a swathe of Australian designers has turned their attentions to interior design, and released new lockdown-inspired homeware collections.

Lucy Folk, Reliquia and the co-founder of The Daily Edited (who launched dinnerware brand Into The Roundhouse) are just some of the designers dipping their toe into interior decor, and creating picnic-perfect pastel cutlery sets, coloured glassware, cute-as-a-button gingham napkins and quirky plate sets.

Yes, if there’s a single theme that unites this new breed of Covid-inspired homeware collections, it’s a love of playful, retro glamour.

Call it a reaction to the greige minimalism that swept social media for years, or a natural desire to find joy in what’s inarguably been a fairly bleak year, but the new designer tableware offerings definitely, in Marie Kondo’s immortal words, spark joy.

“There’s a real sense of playfulness and optimism,” says stylist Lucy Wood. “It’s no longer about having the perfectly co-ordinated décor – and more about a personal touch with pieces that are a statement on their own.”

It’s no coincidence that this wave of interiors collections has a distinctly ‘70s vibe – “There’s currently a major ‘70s influence – in both colour and design – in fashion” – or that the trend is eminently ‘grammable.

But, adds Woods, “after a year of spending less time in restaurants and more time at home, it’s nice to bring a sense of occasion and some fun to the dinner table.”

Photographer: Georgina Egan

Stylist: Lucy Wood


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BY Anna Saunders

Anna is the co-founder of PRIMER,

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