Monday, 16 May 2011 12:23 PM
Ele Cooper checks out John Lewis's AW11 homeware and furniture ranges.
John Lewis Home's autumn/winter 2011 collection was recently revealed to the press and within it were some interesting new interior design trends.
The department store's two main looks have been dubbed 'Refined Puritan' and 'Reborn'. So what might a refined puritan's home look like?
John Lewis Home AW11: Refined Puritan
Refined Puritan is described as "a pared-back look with clean lines and an emphasis on craftsmanship. This trend is our antidote to 'Stuffication' – our lives and our homes have been suffocated by stuff for way too long".
Is John Lewis hinting at a return to minimalism? Looking at the lifestyle images, it seems not: leafy prints feature heavily and the stylists have (perhaps unsurprisingly) showcased quite a wide range of products within each shot. The result is a far cry from the empty spaces many would associate with an "antidote to 'Stuffication'".
Spheres smoke fabric £22/m, Oslo pendant £100, Puritan jug £30, Orkney rug from £195, Bosco snuggler from £1,200, Stonehenge oak lamp table £199
In my view, the Refined Puritan range essentially lies somewhere between Scandinavian chic (see the Oslo pendant) and homely, Single Man-style America (I can just see Colin Firth reclining on the Bosco snuggler).
John Lewis Home AW11: Reborn
The second trend in the John Lewis autumn/winter 2011 interiors range, Reborn, still feels quite retro, but this time the buyers and designers have added a more colourful twist.
Red Staten desk from £245, Mutlicolour chest £50, Metal number £20, Zoe light £40, Scandi phone £40
According to the brochure, "This is a light-hearted and feel-good trend that makes the most of bright colours and pattern."
A key name within this range is Cornish designer Lucy Turner, who takes vintage furniture and transforms it using brightly coloured laminate – a perfect example of 'upcycling' (in which you take an existing item and improve it). This sideboard costs £325 – not bad for a bespoke piece.
Bermuda flower sideboard, £325 at Peter Jones and John Lewis Oxford Street
Much of the range follows in the footsteps of the 'vintage' styles we've seen on the high street for the past few years; however, a few of the pieces are refreshingly quirky – I like the Eye Test range, although I may change my mind after a few glasses of wine.
Eye Test cushion, £25
John Lewis Home AW11: The best of the rest
There are far too many gorgeous pieces in the rest of the range for me to feature everything, but here are a few more of my favourites:
Surface View dragonfly mural from £150, Tarn snuggler from £299, Velvet linen cushion £30, Content by Conran curved wire table £199, Richelieu carpet £365/sqm
ID Bow Wow cutlery set £49.95
Jensen lights from £230
Henry bookcase £599
Main story image: Mayfair Clementine wallpaper £18/roll, Matthew Hilton Treviso desk £950, Mayfair Clementine fabric £22/m, Magis steelwood chair £348, Stepped Contour carpet £49.50/sqm
John Lewis's autumn/winter collections will start hitting stores from September. For more information, visit JohnLewis.com.