Runway Realness: How fashion design infiltrates the home

It seems that in both fashion and interior design, the sartorial eye finds a comfortable home, dressing and undressing, styling and ennobling rooms and closets with ease. This year, with all the couture aplomb one might expect, both current and former fashion designers have turned to home design, creating homeware collections to create a fashion-forward approach to interiors.

One such example is interior designer Matthew Williamson’s capsule collection of homewares in collaboration with John Lewis, new for SS22. Cushions, linens, throws, lamps, mirrors and towels comprise the line, which is bursting at the seams with the leopard, ikat and peacock prints that have been hallmarks of the Matthew Williamson brand since its fashion days.

First demonstrated on global catwalks, his handling of color and pattern is now available in smaller editions to take home and enjoy on your sofa or bedside table, elevating homes in the same way his clothes make ours Closets brightened.

Buchanan Studio’s first-ever fabric collection debuts this month

(Buchanan Studio fabric collection)

Henry Holland’s new ceramics collection for Liberty is also a nod to his background in fashion, with its contemporary, distorted checkerboard patterns in blue, green and chocolate brown. The designer-turned-ceramist has been creating clothing and pieces for the home for 15 years, notably with his label House Of Holland and the recently founded Henry Holland Studio.

In 2021, Henry began taking ceramics classes, fell in love with the soothing process of making and welcomed the step away from fashion and its fast-moving appeal.

(Buchanan Studio fabric collection)

Another collection of tableware by a fashion designer is the result of a collaboration between Alessandra Facchinetti and Editions Milano, the Made in Italy brand known for celebrating the best of the country’s historic artisanal culture.

Facchinetti has headed design departments at Gucci, Valentino, Miu Miu and Tod’s and has recently expanded her practice into the theater where she has designed costumes for the St Gallen Opera House in Switzerland. With Editions Milano, she has created an upscale breakfast set, Circle, inspired by the beauty of geometry that disrupts the way we interact with everyday objects and encourages customers to enjoy everyday rituals.

A tangle of checkerboard and stripes makes any bedding look great

(Matthew Williamson for John Lewis)

Next is a fabric collection from the design behind the Instagram-famous Studio Chair. This month, Buchanan Studio introduces its first-ever fabric collection inspired by Creative Director Angus Buchanan’s fashion background. A tangle of checkers, stripes, florals and velvet, the collection is good enough to wear or reupholster your favorite armchair.

Finally, a rug collection by Nordic Knots and US fashion and lifestyle company Arje explores the concept of home as a place of belonging. The Face and Family designs combine the warmth of the Mediterranean aesthetic, perfected by Arjes founders Bessie Afnaim Corral and Oliver Corral, who hail from the UK and Spain respectively, and the pared-down minimalism of the Nordic style as interpreted by Fabian Berglund and Liza Laserow of Nordic knots.

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