Favourite products of the month from fashion designers turned homeware designers
There are many leading fashion designers channelling their creative talent towards the design and production of homeware and broader lifestyle collections. It makes sense – they’ve established themselves as the world’s icons of style so who wouldn’t want to bring luxury and high-end design into their home too? Often the homewares are produced at much more attainable prices than the fashion ranges. Nowadays, you can even get your takeaway coffee in a cup designed by fashionistas such as Camilla and Marc pictured.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite products on the market that are designed by very multi-talented local and overseas designers. Take a read:
Australian family owned business Vittoria Coffee is proving the value of taking a consumable product, adding a sense of desirability and urgency and in turn making the brand bigger than the product itself. The coffee roasters collaborated with eight of Australia’s best designers to create uber-stylish, limited edition coffee cups: the ‘Fashion Series’. The designers included Bec & Bridge, Camilla & Marc, Dion Lee, Ellery, Josh Goot, Romance Was Born, Toni Maticevski and We Are Handsome, who featured seasonal prints from each of their summer collections.
The designers created works of art on a much smaller and more ‘disposable’ scale than they’re used to and brought their brands to the everyday consumer, not just their fashion-forward customers. Meantime, Vittoria aligned itself with the nation’s best fashion designers. A win-win for both brands wouldn’t you say?
She launched her namesake label ten years ago. Now, celebrated designer and artist Camilla Franks is a name synonymous with Australian fashion and lifestyle. It’s not hard to tell that Camilla first found inspiration in theatre, designing flamboyant costumes for the colourful characters of the stage, with her most recent collections as bold and eye-catching as ever.
Camilla opened her first boutique in 2004 at Bondi Beach – a fitting place for her bold kaftans that marked a pioneering moment for resortwear in Australia and globally.
CAMILLA always showcases exuberant colours and prints, precious silk fabrications, and detailed crystal embellishments. Now, the brand has launched into home furnishings including these exquisite cushion covers inspired by Camilla’s globe-trotting, particularly Mexico.
Inspired by ikat, an exceptional weaving and dyeing technique originating in Asia, Hermès’ ‘Voyage en Ikat‘ collection celebrates intermingled uses and an ongoing dialogue between East and West. More than twenty hues centered on sapphire, ruby and emerald are enhanced by 24-carat matte gold and come to life in designs composed ‘thread by thread’.
Vera Wang is renowned the world-over for her wedding gown designs. Today, Wang has collections in ready-to-wear shoes, fragrance, jewellery, books, and homeware. Wang has partnered with England’s Wedgwood to create porcelain and crystal dinner, bar and homewares that are simple, elegant and classic. This Grosgrain range was designed for Wedgwood. It takes inspiration from the beautiful lace embellishments that trim Wang’s bridal collections, and is available in opulent platinum and gold.
The pioneers of prints, Missoni debuted its home range in 1983. It consists of high-end furnishings sold in retail stores around the world along with select Missoni boutiques. The colourful stripes that Missoni is famous for appears in the home range, along with plenty of florals and monochromatic designs. We love this plaid throw rug. Take a look at the full home collection here.
Described as ‘the concept of haute couture tailoring applied to the home furnishings sector’, made to measure bed linens by Armani/Casa is a new project offering tailored and customised bed linen. Design exactly what you want and need for your bed linen with the most luxurious Armani fabrics.