Our latest guest post comes from Will Taylor, author of Bright.Bazaar blog. This month he shares his five favourite pieces of statement furniture, all of them sure to inject colour into any London home.
1. The sofa
Every piece of beautiful furniture deserves a beautiful name and the Ruché sofa from Ligne Roset is no different. The name Ruché is a nod to the gathered fabric which makes up this eye-catching statement piece. With a solid wood structure this is a quality piece that balances traditional elements with a modern vibe. I like how the striking uprights at either end are softened by the wave of the quilted duvet. For me, it’s the juxtaposition of the straight lines with the softness of the curved upholstery that makes this sofa an iconic piece. Ruché sofa by Inga Sempe, Ligne Roset. Price: varies.
2. The desk
I’ve always had an affection for Habitat, having worked for the brand whilst studying at university many years ago. It was hard to watch as the brand eventually weakened during the recession; they eventually bowed to a tough economic climate and increasing buying power of their competitors by closing all but three of their London stores and e-commerce arm in 2011. Fast forward a year and the brand has appointed Polly Dickens as Creative Director, a move that has already proved to be a winning stroke by the company as they recently previewed a strong collection for autumn/winter 2012. My personal favourite from the forthcoming collection is this desk; I love the clean lines paired with the sophisticated grey and yellow lacquered drawer fronts. Add into the mix the cleverly disguised storage and practical additional pieces and this desk is a real winner. Desk by Habitat. Price: TBC, in store from September 2012.
3. The chair
Potentially the king of these five statement pieces, the Mr. Bright chair is a true standout armchair. Traditional yet playful, colourful yet restrained, this chair has been cleverly designed so that it will suit a variety of schemes. The sumptuous velvet feels fresh not formal thanks to the multi-coloured buttons, and the glossy black finish on the turned legs means the attention to detail is second to none. I’d love to own this piece one day. Until then I’ll dream about curling up upon it, good book in hand and a roaring fire burning beside me. Mr. Bright, John Lewis. Price: £899
4. The sideboard
Perhaps it’s related to their nature of being to store and help keep rooms tidy, but for one reason or another, when it comes to sideboards, I like the designs to feature modern, clean lines. This piece is part of a range designed especially for John Lewis by furniture designer Leonard Pfeifer. At first I was drawn to the soft colours of fennel, archer, steel and putty that make up the drawer palette, but I soon noticed the variety of storage options offered by the piece as well. Another strong detail of this sideboard is it’s American oak material – oak is one of my favourite varieties of wood and makes for very solid furniture. I recommend adding this piece to a contemporary living room for a subtle colour statement. Abbeywood 2 Door, 3 Drawer Chest, Leonhard Pfeifer for John Lewis. Price: £599.
5. The occasional table
Since a young age I’ve been drawn to colour, so it will be no surprise that I’m including this bold nest of occasional tables in my statement furniture favourite five. There’s a misconception that nesting tables can be stuffy or old fashioned – well, not with this trio. They are certainly retro – having originally been designed by Ercol in 1956 – but they carry a modern edge that makes them feel fresh and unique. Made of elm and beech, I like how you can see the wood grains through the turquoise, coral and red stains. Amorphous Nesting Table Set, Anthropologie. Price: £498.