10 of the Best LBDs (Little Black Designs)

In our first trend report of the year, we described how monochrome influences would slowly work their way back into contemporary interiors. Since then, we’ve seen our favourite brands racing to bring out matt black versions of classic styles, as well as graphic new releases in seductive B&W palettes. And just as no wardrobe would be complete without a little black number, so too can modern interiors benefit from the sharpening influence of a little black design. In today’s blog, we’ve put together a shortlist of staple LBDs — each of which can be incorporated with minimal fuss, for maximum impact.

Saarinen Tulip Side Table

Kicking things off with a classic is the Saarinen Tulip Side Table by Knoll. Originally designed in 1953, it encapsulates the retro-futurist dreams of the mid-century — a slender bloom bringing style and wonder to domestic space. Highly adaptable, it can easily be incorporated into traditional or contemporary homes, helping to keep everything you love close at hand.

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Tabouret Meríbel Stool

Tabouret is another handy little number from design’s First Lady, Charlotte Perriand. Inspired by Alpine milking stools, it channels honest materials and classic craftsmanship. We recommend styling in clusters of 2 or 3 as an interesting alternative to traditional nesting tables.

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The Cassina Perspective


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Grace Bar Trolley

Graphic finishes and retro curves conspire to make the Grace Bar Trolley a must-have for style-conscious homes. Load her up with your favourite tipples or keep things fresh with some indoor greenery.

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Great First Impressions


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Asterisk Wall Clock

Liven up blank walls with a bold timepiece from Vitra. Home to the iconic George Nelson collection, each of their wall clocks promises to infuse homes with a fun, personal touch.

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Iconic Objects


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Clyde Desk

The Clyde Desk elevates this bestselling collection from Ligne Roset to new sculptural heights. Beautiful as a console or workstation, its clever mix of shelves and cubbies is ideal for storing away loose papers or keys.

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Chic French Styling


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Mirto Folding Chair

B&B Italia‘s Mirto provides another look at the classic director’s chair. Casual yet elegant, it’s the ideal perch for artistic homes, and can be used as a dining, office or lounge chair.

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La Dolce Vita


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Flowerpot Table Lamp

This charming little luminaire was inspired by the bohemian Flower Power movement of the 1960s. Now available in a stylish matt-black finish, it’s one of Verner Panton‘s most recognisable lighting designs.

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Timeless Appeal


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Ribot Keramik Bistrot Dining Table

This season, get the family back together with a glamorous round dining table. Compact yet stylish, the Ribot Keramik Bistrot features a dramatic Sahara Noir top with a stunning brass trim — proof that black is anything but boring.

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Delicate Details


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Cocoon Fires

Man has long been attracted to the flicker of flame and these luxurious bio-ethanol fires are no exception. Available in a wide range of typologies they are smoke-free and sustainable, producing the same amount of COas a candle.

Terra Standing Cocoon Fireplace


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Sustainable Solutions


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Turning Table Coffee Table

Scandi style is nothing if not practical. This elegant design features a welcoming round coffee table with hidden rotating drawers. A joy to behold and use, it makes for a tactile addition to any lounge setting.

Turning Table Coffee Table


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Fancy a closer look at some of these LBDs? Make an appointment to visit us in-store or shop the entire list with up to 15% off online in the Chaplins Summer Sale. 

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