Today I found myself in a lovely simple space off Oxford Street, being introduced to French Connection‘s new Spring/Summer 2014 home range.
I’m now going to use lots of words that could potentially sound very la la la interiory designery, like ‘loft’ and ‘clean lines’ and ‘industrial’… but you have to trust me and you’re not allowed to laugh.
‘Soft industrial’ is the way they have chosen to describe the style of this new range, and I completely agree with this description. It absolutely fits. It was inspired by chic, loft-style living (no laughing) but doesn’t have a hard or edgy feel to it – the clever folk at FCUK (mum, that says FCUK) have softened the collection through introducing some more gentle Parisian Bistro influences. (Oooooh)
|Workhouse Table with Roger Bar Stool|
There is a gentle calmness to the range, even though there are some gorgeous bold prints (on massive oversized cushions) and strong metals – think gunmetal, zinc and brass…
There are also some understated, muted and earthy tones which complement the stronger colours and these work beautifully amidst tie-dye cushions and cosy, distressed rugs. The dyes are actually organic vegetable dyes, which doesn’t mean you can eat them (I’m assuming..) they just look really lovely.
|Jute Floor Cushion, Roger Bar Stools, Zinc Coffee Table|
French Connection have focussed largely on lighting in this range and I LOVED all of their different lamps – free standing and pendants. There has been great attention to detail and it is because of this that each piece within the collection, can easily stand alone in its own right. The Photographer’s Lamp below is definitely one of my favourite pieces..
Warm indigos, blues and greys make up this gentle palette and I think, for what it’s worth, that this collection is going to be a bit of a hit.
|Fisheye Mirror in Gunmetal. That’s me. Poppy.|
I look forward to seeing what they come up with next…