Inside is the New Outside

by Pearlyn Quan

Home is where the heart is – we bring you the latest luxury homeware offerings to elevate your everyday spaces.

With the increase in remote working, you’ve probably never been more familiar with the grain of your carpet or the particular drape of your pelmetry.

This goes some way towards explaining the ever-expanding category of luxury homeware – artisanal, exquisitely-crafted, and sometimes experimental designs that elevate the domestic home object far beyond the quotidien.

Created to bring joy to familiar everyday routines like writing a memo or picking up the keys, or inject new energy and élan into the home with hand painted tableware and irresistibly quirky designs, this is a whole different class of “house style” from some of the biggest names in high fashion.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomade

First set up in 2012, Louis Vuitton’s bold foray into homeware design has seen it collaborating with many heavy hitters in the design industry, including Marcel Wanders, Tokujin Yoshioka, and Patricia Urquiola, among others. The brief is to innovate on LV’s distinctive aesthetic and savoir-faire, creating furniture and home objects that are at once recognisable and functional, but also highly creative and envelope-pushing. The latest collection of pieces include folding tables, portable lamps, screens, shelves and hammocks – all designed for the itinerant wanderer to travel in style.

We’ve particularly fallen for the cloud-like Bomboca Sofa by the Campana brothers Fernando and Campana, with its bombastic curves and modular playfulness; as well as the Swing Boat Chair by Atelier Oi, cleverly referencing the hull of vintage foldable boats used on Lake Biel in Switzerland.

Cartier Decorative Objects

Petite and absolutely exquisite, Cartier’s new collections of objects and accessories evoke its richly storied past with emblems and motifs of the Maison – the Panthère de Cartier of its legendary artistic director Jeanne Toussaint, the double-C logo, and its enchanted menagerie of creatures. This season’s collections four collections are dedicated to the theme of decoration, writing, childhood and games – porcelain trinket trays to hold your rings and things; stationery sets and sketchbooks; baby accessories including a rattle, egg cup and cashmere blanket; and a set of solitaire and blocks.

All lovingly handcrafted using metal, porcelain, leather, paper, cashmere – material choices influenced by the criteria of elegance and durability, and using age-old techniques that are specialities of the house.

Hermès Passifolia

Since the 1920s, Hermès has been associated with home products of the highest quality, combining good design with purpose with its aptly named homeware line The Art of Living. Of the varied offerings of its home universe collections, Hermès’ porcelain ware remains iconic. This season, the Maison launches a new tableware collection Passifolia (reminiscent of the passionflower Passiflora Incarnata) designed by porcelain painter Nathalie Rolland Huckel, which pays homage to the verdant fecundity of Mother Earth in all its vibrancy. Across thirty pieces of side plates and presentation platters, coffee cups and dinner plates of luminous Limoges porcelain, the breathing tangle of green combines tropical with temperate, nature with hyper-reality.

Requiring up to 2000 hours of highly skilled work, Passifolia employs an exceptional range of 32 colours and new techniques to apply designs to narrow, hollow spaces and the insides of cups and receptacles.

Dior Maison Luminarie

The latest Dior Maison collection is a loving continuation of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ode to Puglia for its Cruise S/S 2021 collection. A joyful collection informed by hand painted tarot cards (an enduring fascination of Monsieur Dior’s) and wildflowers, it is an exuberant expression of the rural spirit and cultural diversity of Southern Italy. The theme of local tradition and celebration of the closeness of Italian families translate into rustic collections of tableware and homeware using materials like earthenware and woven fabrics.

As a final surprise, designer Sam Baron created candleholders, cloches and vases decorated on the inside with delicate ears of wheat in blown glass – a perfect gesture of bucolic appreciation.

Saint Laurent Rive Droite

Under the direction of Anthony Vacarello, Saint Laurent has introduced a new creative concept named after its experimental boutique space in Paris, Saint Laurent Rive Droite. Taking over the three-storey space on Rue Saint-Honoré, a premise originally occupied by the iconic design store Colette, Saint Laurent Rive Droite seeks to retain the coolness and curiosity – and accessibility – of this address. This unique retail destination showcases eclectic collections of art and design, and various cultural paraphernalia related to vintage fashion, music and photography, all of which continue to channel to Saint Laurent spirit – and also doubles up as an exhibition and performance space.

The ever-changing inventory includes gilded skateboards and black marble cube tealight holders, as well as design collaborations with Baccarat (black crystal glassware) and Bang and Olufsen (portable speakers). The Saint Laurent Rive Droite collection is available exclusively at Saint Laurent Marina Bay Sands.

Product images courtesy of respective brands featured, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

Related Links:

Hermès Home 2020: Natural Tendencies

Louis Vuitton: Abode of Savoir Faire

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