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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