Eternal summer. Now wouldn’t that be glorious. Fortunately, with these 10 herbaceous styles, a home that feels fresh and invigorating is never far away. So go ahead. Dive into our list of glorious, green designs. Each inspired by and in homage to the world around us.
White Daisy Dreams Rug
Is there a flower alive so delicate or ditzy as the daisy? Brianda Fitz James Stuart doesn’t seem to think so. The mastermind behind the new Gucci logo, this season she’s turned her gaze to interiors, writing softness into our homes with a series of rich tapestries for GAN. Available in two distinct prints, the Dreams rugs provide a generous canvas for her floral embroidery, uniting her love of nature into a striking bit of underfoot couture.
Heracleum II Pendant Light
It’s often said that Mother Nature is the greatest artist of all. In the Heracleum series, designers Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders attempt to unravel a couple of her secrets. After years of experimentation, they came up with Electrosandwich, an innovative system that allows light to flood each of the blossoms without the need for unsightly wires. Elegant and ethereal, it promises to become the crowning jewel of any space — even when it’s switched off.
Pure freedom while sitting, what would it look like? We like to think it would resemble something close to the Livre Armchair. All sculpted cushions and chunky frame, it invites the user to define their own definition of comfort. The svelte cushions gain even more intrigue when upholstered in Gallotti & Radice’s Eden fabric — a lush, tropical upholstery inspired by the techniques used to create ancient tapestries.
In the wild, Lavender is one of the first heralds of summer, coming into bloom in early spring and lingering well into the autumn. Inspired by its intricate purple buds, the gurus at Cattelan Italia have brought forth an embossed sideboard, whose rippling doors add texture and glamour to contemporary dining rooms. In the Tuscan home below, the brushed bronze doors cast a beautiful reflection on the porcelain floor, a tantalising and unexpected mirage.
Bloom Pendant Light
Beautiful blooms were also on the mind of Ferruccio Laviani when asked to collaborate with Kartell on a new lighting solution. The lamp they arrived at sees hundreds of mesmerising polycarbonate flowers, intricately coordinated into a bouquet of light. Striking as a stand-alone or in stylish clusters, Bloom works beautifully above dining tables. Or in any space in need of luminosity.
The sun always shines in this beautiful mid-century accessory by George Nelson. Known as the Sunflower Clock, it was first debuted in 1950, and has since helped keep time with the lightest of touches. Intricate yet functional, it’s perfect for use in home offices or any other space where loosing track of time occurs.
Satellite Wall Light
The Satellite Collection says goodbye to shrinking wallflowers. And hello to a new era of architectural lighting. A lost-and-found design from the archives of Mathieu Mategot, it has been brought back to light and life by the creative minds at Danish design house, Gubi. It’s two precisely balanced arms cross and overlap so that the shades evoke balloons pulling away from one another on diagonal strings – a moment in time, frozen and captured. Beautiful on blank walls, or as a delicate ceiling light, it represents a free-spirited lighting solution for lovers of statement design.
Dine Out Armchair
As any good sun-seeker knows, the best meals are enjoyed alfresco. Dine Out represents Cassina’s first venture into the Great Outdoors, a compact, classic armchair that invites that elegant detailing and impeccable comfort into the garden. For a truly authentic oasis, we recommend upholstering the chair in Cassina’s weather-hardy Favignana fabric.
Albero Plant Stand
Lushness in our homes is a must. Clutter and mould? Not so much. Albero represents Italian master, Achille Castiglioni’s solution to the thorny issue of incorporating house plants into interior spaces. With space for up to seven vases, and a structure in four classic hues, it is an elegant tree of life, perfect for millennial plant parents. Or homes in which young children and pets run wild.
Getsuen mounts a challenge to the idea of the sofa as the cosiest piece of lounge furniture. After all what is an armchair if not a throne for living? Its plump petals wrap around the body, speaking to our need to be pampered, embraced and accommodated for hours on end. Hidden inside is a steel skeleton, crafted with the help of renowned bridge engineers, to ensure a stable and sumptuous seating experience.
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Dreams White Daisy RugBrianda Fitz-James Stuart’s imagination exchanges paper for wool to fill with life the collection she has designed for GAN: DREAMS, composed of two rugs, WHITE DAISY and MEDIEVAL FACES. The renowned illustrator and print designer takes us into her magnetic and original universe, populated by elements of nature and the imagery of past times.
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Livre ArmchairAll sculpted curves and chunky base, Livre continues Federica Biasi's investigation into oversized, generous loungers. In mixing rich finishes and inviting silhouettes, Biasi strikes on the perfect antidote to the lost tactility experienced during the age of the screen: a cosy lounger that promises to delight for years to come.
Heracleum II ChandelierNature meets technology in the Heracleum II Suspended by Bertjan Pot. This airy LED lamp is inspired by the flowering plant of the same name that can grow as high as 5 metres. Indeed, its long delicate stems were the starting point for a delicate new conductive technology that would allow low voltage electricity to permeate through the frame just as water trickles through the stems of a lush and leafy plant. Delicate, thought-provoking and powerful, it promises to bring the intricacy of nature into the heart of the home.
Heracleum Endless Pendant LightThe Heracleum Endless Pendant is a perpetual blossom of branches that multiplies by the meter. It was originally inspired by the flowering plant of the same name and has been known to grow as high as 5 metres. This variant embodies this lush potential particularly well — gorgeous as a stand-alone style or in delicately arranged clusters.
Heracleum the Big O Pendant LightThe Heracleum Collection by Bertjan Pot & Marcel Wanders provides a gentle rendezvous between nature and technology. Its barely-there frame features Electrosandwich technology, which allows low voltage electricity to course throughout the design without the need for unsightly wires. Just like the plant of its namesake, the lamp is free to expand, transform and delight, as each of the are blooms are fully rotational.
Lavander SideboardTaking its name from the Leaf design on the doors, available in either a titanium lacquered wood finish or Brushed bronze or Brushed grey, the Lavander sideboard is a truly stunning addition to Cattelan's range. Sure to be a stand-out feature of any contemporary living-room or dining-room setting.
Umanoff PlantersTactile and lovely, the Umanoff Planters provide a cosy home for indoor houseplants. First designed in the early 1950s by legendary modernist, Arthur Umanoff, they feature an outer basket crafted entirely from hand-woven rattan — a visually soft counterpoint to the industrial steel legs.