This time of year can bring with it a sense of malaise, as we search for renewed energy and a fresh perspective — particularly as winter draws to a close and spring is on the horizon. In our opinion, the easiest way to give yourself a new lease on life is via a few simple switch-ups in your home, a new sofa here, a bookshelf there, or even a new bar cart (if you’re feeling convivial). Here, in a bid to help you feel inspired again, we have rounded up a list of the new design pieces we are coveting for the season ahead.
Noah Sofa by Giulio Marelli from Sarsfield Brooke
Designed by architect Luca Erba, the Noah Collection is characterised by columinous shapes and lines that curve around to envelop the sitter, whether they choose to recline on the armchair, the chaise longue or the sofa. But it is to the last that we are particularly drawn, thanks to its versatile finish (available in a number of fabrics) and extremely comfortable construction and upholstery.
Hector bookshelf by Vincent Van Duysen for Molteni&C from Dawson & Co.
There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned spring clean to leave your interiors feeling refreshed, and as far as we’re concerned, nothing is more helpful in this department than added storage. Molteni&C’s Hector bookshelf is about as sleek an iteration of this functional piece as you’ll find, with a light and airy composition, an easy-to-change modular design, and a range of contemporary finishes to suit any space. As perfect to divide a room as it is to showcase your most precious objects, this bookshelf is the unexpected interior hero you didn’t know you needed.
Phare lamp by Menu from Tim Webber
Originally designed for apartment no. 50 at Le Corbusier’s ‘Cité Radieuse’ in Marseille, Menu’s Phare lamp is a versatile, subtle light that can be easily picked up and moved around the house (or even outside in dry conditions) depending on where it is needed. Made from aluminium for recyclability, durability and lightness (with its shade crafted from injected plastic), this piece is as durable to use as it is impactful to look at, and has fast become a must for any home.
MP Trolley by Massproductions from Simon James
Give at-home cocktails an elegant new dimension with the new MP Trolley by designer Chris Martin for Massproductions. With a construction that plays with geometric shapes and spacing, and a sleek, contemporary finish in black oak that promises to deliver some finesse to any living space, this trolley is like a good bar-tender — unobtrusive, polished and always there when you need it.
Asmara sofa by Bernard Govin from Ligne Roset
Having made its anticipated return to Ligne Roset’s lauded collections for the brand’s 160th anniversary, the iconic Asmara sofa is back and better than ever. Originally designed by Bernard Govin in 1968, this style was an audacious reimagining of modular seating, comprising five configurable modules — convex, concave, low back, high back and semi-circular — that allowed the user to sit up or sprawl, and made a swift, significant impact on the landscape of design. Now, Ligne Roset has reissued the much-loved style, made all the better by new innovations by the brand’s R&D department, and it is the perfect piece to take centre stage in a large living space.
Cascadia Rug by Kelly Wearstler for The Rug Company from Design Central
As the local purveyors of exceptional rugs, Design Central’s offering (of course) includes The Rug Company’s Kelly Wearstler-designed pieces. This one in particular, is a showstopper. Inspired by China’s Yangtze River, the Cascade rug features a mountainous landscape in neutral tones, meticulously woven in silky threads against a soft, Tibetan wool base.
Moke dining table by Devon
Now is the perfect time to prepare your outdoor area for the imminent arrival of spring and summer, and there’s no better way to do that than with a stunning centrepiece like the Moke dining table by Devon. Boasting an elegant, rounded shape made from glass reinforced concrete (and able to be made in a range of specialty Peter Fell colours), this piece is perfect for all the al fresco dining that awaits us.
Modular Imagination blocks by Virgil Abloh for Cassina from Matisse
Part of a project that saw the late, great Virgil Abloh team up with lauded Italian brand Cassina to explore the implications of modularity, these Modular Imagination Blocks can exist as standalone pieces or be combined to form various design accessories (from tables to chairs to ottomans and benches). This is a collection that invites imagination, and asks the user to rethink their domestic landscape and crucially, the blocks (made from plant-based matte black polymer and recycled wood) can be completely disassembled for after-use recycling.
Brasilia Bed by Marcio Kogan / Studio MK27 design for Minotti from ECC
Making a strong case for a choosing a bed that makes a statement, the Brasilia bed embodies the same mid-century style that broadly defines the bold Brasilia seating range. Boasting a large wooden headboard that wraps around the bed’s padded frame and featuring built-in side tables that come off of its dark brown stained Canaletto walnut structure, this exquisite bed is more than just a place to rest your weary head at night (although it’s obviously perfect for that, too).
Frames by Lasvit from Matisse
Designed to be standalone, light-art objects that engage with our imaginations and physically represent the thin borders that exist between our inner and outer worlds, Frames can be windows, doors, skylights or anything that connects our interior spaces with the outside world. Here, beautiful glass circles (each unique in its texture, colour and surface) are set into linear metal frames to become eye-catching elements of any space.
Brera sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform from Studio Italia
The embodiment of clean, contemporary design, Jean-Marie Massaud’s Brera sofa carries a strong architectural quality and unmistakable presence. Available in both linear and curved configurations, the sprawling structure of this sleek seating system doesn’t sacrifice anything to comfort (thanks to its incredibly relaxing pillows and generous seats) and yet, still carries a couture quality via leather detailing and a range of exceptional new fabrics.
Collar chair by Bensen from Tim Webber
Allow yourself to be wrapped in plush comfort with Bensen’s unique Collar chair — a masterclass in the power of understated design. From its generous seat to its perfectly-curved backrest to its simple, linear structure, employ this chair singularly as the ideal reading spot, or add a few to your living room to create an inviting space for conversation with family and friends.
Nuvola coffee table by Casamilano from Studio Italia
Give your living room some personality with this curved coffee table by Casamilano. Low to the ground and rendered in a wavy, irregular shape, this unexpected take on the classic, living-room centrepiece is made all the more striking by its manual, bronzed finish.
Mesh Suspension Light by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan from Dawson & Co.
Drama and innovation collide in this eye-catching pendant that taps into the potential of LEDs, utilising a technology that allows separation into very small units and results in a piece that appears almost transparent. This is thanks to the way that its metal cables have LED sources positioned at their intersections to conceal the complexity of the design. As such, the Mesh Suspension Light boasts unprecedented versatility, with the user able to control the light’s intensity and even decide which sections of the pendant to use.
Background coffee table by Massimo Castagna for Henge from ECC
From its metal tube structure to its engraved stone top, this exquisite coffee table will lend any living space a sense of gravitas and grandeur. Able to be finished in a variety of natural stones from Henge’s comprehensive range, the strong, solid presence of this table will make it a point of conversation with anyone who goes to rest their coffee on its undulating surface.