Summer is drawing in, and the changing seasons always put me in the mood for a bit of a shake up on the interiors front too. Looking to the new collections for ideas and inspiration, I’m excited to see that John Lewis have not one, but two, interiors ranges that are right up my street.

The first is the Palm Springs range, inspired by California’s famous modernist movement.   From the 1930’s the resort of Palm Springs, with its year-round sunshine and spectacular desert scenery, became the playground of the rich and famous from Hollywood – and beyond.

But it also became synonymous with modernist architecture and design – “gaining a reputation as a melting pot of modernist creativity.”

The recent resurgence in popularity of the mid-century look (the handsome Don Draper notwithstanding) shouldn’t be surprising.  Itself strongly influenced by Scandinavian design, modernism’s clean minimalism and stylish functionality have a timeless appeal.

Throw in some tactile ceramics, and colourful abstract prints on textiles and wall prints and you’re all set to create a vibrant look that has its roots in the past but is also totally of today.

Here are my top picks from the John Lewis Palm Springs range:

Hendrick Accent Chair

 

The Soren Narrow Storage Unit has shelves that you can position wherever you choose, and fixes to the wall for extra stability and safety.

West Elm Jensen Dining Table

Eames House Bird

Ceramics by HemingwayDesign for Royal Doulton

Secto 4210 Floor Lamp

Ruark R4 MK3 DAB/DAB+/FM Radio & CD Bluetooth All-In-One Music System with OLED Display, Rich Walnut

 

Mid-century style ‘Mirage’ Framed Wall Art by Ellen Giggenbach

Moving on to the second AW17 collection, this is the John Lewis Collector’s House range.  For me, it contains some key pieces in the opulent yet distinctly contemporary ‘New Modern’ style that I’ve mentioned a few times already in recent posts.

Here’s what John Lewis say about the collection:

This luxurious look celebrates the joy that’s found in curating unique displays of statement pieces and elegant furniture. The opulent and the unexpected combine in eclectic collections comprising sumptuous fabrics, metallic accents and rich jewel tones.

Curated by our in-house design team, Collector’s House invites you to be bold and mix features from different eras. In a return to the decorative that isn’t restricted by style or season, it’s a look that crosses boundaries and enables ornaments and statement pieces to shine

There are plenty of pieces from the Collector’s House range that I’m adding to my own personal wish list.  The rich hues and gleaming metallics in particular are a siren call as the days start to draw in and autumn beckons.  Here are my highlights:

The Duresta Carnaby Armchair, above, and the Carnaby Petite Sofa, below, have elegance and opulence in spades.  The sumptuous cotton velvet upholstery comes in jewel shades of navy, emerald and silvery grey, the ebony stained legs taper elegantly and, oh, those gorgeous, bulbous brass tips!

More velvet and brass loveliness – I love the mix of warm grey velvet and the glowing metal base of the Mary Velvet Chair.

This beautiful Deco Palm Rug designed by Genevieve Bennet exclusively for John Lewis makes my pattern and colour-loving heart sing.

Flos IC Lights 200 Floor Lamp, designed by Michael Anastassiades for Flos and inspired by themes of balance and equilibrium.  My fantasy house is filled with these lights – they also come in ceiling, wall and table versions.

The combination of marble and sleek metallics is a sure way to nail the modern luxe vibe.  The Emperador marble effect of the Italian-made Esempio Round Coffee Table above, and Esempio Long Coffee Table, below, is an elegant and affordable way to get the look.

And don’t forget the small details – the rich, warming colours of these elegant yet quirky tumblers can’t fail to brighten your table:

Pols Potten Block Glass Tumbler, Set of 6

I hope my small selection has whet your appetite, but there’s lots more to enjoy and be inspired by.  You can find the full collections here –  Palms Springs Collection and Collector’s House Collection.   Happy browsing.

Posted in collaboration with John Lewis: all views my own.

 

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