For all the intricate patterns, luxe fabrics and indulgent designs on offer these days, it’s easy to be swept away on a wave of manufactured opulence and lose touch with the true beauty of the Earth’s raw materials. With that in mind, I’ve had a scout around to scope out some of the more organic and natural homewares available at the moment. From tactile clay pots in lustrous sea blues, to 100% cotton rugs in terracotta tones, take a look at our round up and reconnect with these materials’ natural beauty.
It was these rugs from Urbanara (above) that first got me pondering about this nature-inspired trend. The stone greys, spectrum of blues and warm corals, oranges and reds are so reminiscent of the Earth’s palette. Hand-woven in India, and made of 100% either cotton or wool, these soft furnishings make for a beautiful natural alternative to synthetic fibres.
This trio of Updown pendants from Hand & Eye Studio (above) have a moody, steely quality that reminds me of cloud-filled days or cool winter mornings. Teaming glazed ceramic with matt opal glass adds to the pendant’s pared-back, natural quality, whilst its handmade construction adds texture to this simple design.
For a gentle nod to the trend, terracotta is a versatile and subtle way to bring a natural material into your scheme; from unglazed pots and accessories to colour-strewn trinkets, there’s an abundance of choice. For a dual-toned design, try these Tunisian hand-etched, copper-spun clay pots from Hend Krichen at The Design Junction (above), who uses “materials that are kept as raw and natural as possible to reveal Tunisia’s true identity and celebrate its natural resources.”
There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to accessories, but these three brands are home to some of my favourites. Vitamin (top) offers hand-crafted Element vessels, made from terracotta, oak and cork, which gives the vase an “honest yet beautiful aesthetic”. Alternatively, check out Reiko Kaneko (bottom left) for season and nature-inspired pieces, including ‘Autumn Landscape’ and ‘Double Horizon’. Finally, Urban Outfitters’ new range (bottom right) proffers affordable glass bowls and trinket dishes, making them the go-to option for Earth-inspired finds on the high-street.
From top: Rugs and runners, from £95 each, Urbanara; Updown pendants, £228, Hand & Eye Studio; Tunisia Made vases, from £90 each, Hend Krichen range, The Design Junction; Element vessels, £120 each, Vitamin; Studio Line glazes, from £10 for a cup, Reiko Kaneko; glass trinket dishes (coming soon), £6 each, Urban Outfitters
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