Interior motives

The autumn/winter design trends guaranteed to add luxuriant warmth to those long, cold nights

04 November, 2016

As the evenings draw in and attentions turn indoors for a season of intimate entertaining and relaxation, the right interior accents can transform a home from a comfortable pit stop to a rich retreat.

This season continues the love affair with metallics, from warm coppers and golds to icy silvers and stainless steels. Georg Jensen utilises more than a century of quality craftsmanship and a legacy of working with the finest local designers in its range of vases. Featuring simple, organic shapes synonymous with Danish design, the Ilse and Mama vases from the company’s collaboration with designer Ilse Crawford use solid copper, steel and brass to create smooth, elegant finishes, while design team Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft’s gold-plated Cafu vase adds a precious-metal touch for a truly timeless piece.

Soft pastels are the palettes du jour, ranging from delicate shades of pink to pistachios and powder-blue hues. Halcyon Days expertly combines these with the movement toward geometric patterns, with an emphasis on symmetry and balance, in their exciting collaboration with one of Scotland’s finest estates, Gordon Castle. The Antler Trellis range includes everything from teacups and dinner plates to trinket trays, the stunning tableware crafted from English fine bone china and decorated with stag antlers inspired by those that once lined the castle’s elaborate domed ceiling. Hand gilded for an opulent finish, the range makes a stylish addition to any dining ensemble.

The trend for combining precious metals with organic shapes can also be invited into the dining room with jeweller and silversmith Searle & Co.’s extensive range of decanters. Whether in the sleek, sideways-leaning Duck decanter in silver and crystal or the exquisite curves of the Globe and Chalice designs, the finest wines and spirits deserve the finest resting place, and these pieces are beyond compare.

No picture of luxe living is complete without creating the perfect ambience. Penhaligon’s candles embody the handcrafted, artisanal approach so in vogue at the moment, with a collection of candles that are hand blended, infused with essential oils and boast generous burn times, imbuing the home with wonderful aromas. Conjure a scene of total luxury with the Blenheim Bouquet – a spicy and woody interpretation of Walter Penhaligon’s iconic 1902 fragrance, which takes its name from the historic Blenheim Palace. For a more intimate scent, the Maduro Leaf candle is reminiscent of a smoking room in a gentlemen’s club. Evoking wood-panelled walls, soft leather armchairs, a burning fire and a heady scent of cigars, this is a warming and comforting candle that burns for up to 110 hours and is particularly suited to these winter months.