It’s here! And yes that deserves an exclamation mark. My collection of furniture for made.com is now online and available for purchase. Check.Me.Out.
It all started a couple of years ago when I saw that MADE had collaborated with both Living etc and Elle Decoration and, never one to miss an opportunity, I thought worraboutme? So I sent a cheeky email to the press office (who I had met before – it wasn’t totally out of the blue) suggesting I do a collection for them.
To my utter surprise I was invited in for a meeting. I took in my hastily sketched table lamp and an improvised wall light made from a cardboard tube (kitchen not loo) and spoke about my ideas for a luxurious collection that would have a slight edge to it.
I had initially hoped that I would be able to choose a few of my favourite things (cue music) and put them together under a mad about the house banner but by the time I left, we had agreed to make a prototype of the table and to create a capsule collection based around my theme of urban glamour.
The colours were to be navy and brass and initially I was hoping for patterned velvet but it proved (at the time) too tricky so we settled on plain. Then the textile department changed and expanded and it was possible to have my idea for grafitti-style brush strokes added to the velvet cushions.
The rug was to be plain but with a carved texture so that it looks different according to the light – you can see in the picture above that it has two contrasting end panels. The website calls it charcoal – it’s a sort of dark grey navy – it actually is a gorgeous colour and it’s 100 per cent wool by the way.
The chair is very comfortable and exactly right for sitting up with the laptop on the table or sitting back with a book or a magazine. And that was the other point – as well as having an urban glamour look, I also wanted it to be about Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning (to paraphrase a rather gritty novel and film of the 1960s). The idea is that you can sit here if you have a couple of emails to send but don’t need to be at a desk. There is room at the table for a laptop and a cup of coffee.
Two of the cushions are larger than standard so they work on the floor either to rest your feet on or, if you are a lying on the floor sort of person. I was very much in my youth. I’m a bit more chair these days.
I hope you will indulge my photograph above – the year began with the publication of my book and and is ending with the launch of my furniture collection. And, as ever, I owe a big thank you to you, all my readers without whom this really wouldn’t be happening.
Now, if any of you decide to buy any of it do let me know and tag me in instagram – I’d love to see it in your homes. We’re not done with navy blue by a long chalk. I have been looking at the new collections for next year there’s lots of blue and also teal, which you can find in the cushions….#justsaying..
Here it is laid out on the page and there’s a link to it all under the picture.
I hope you like it – here is everything laid out on the page and you can mix and match as you go along. I want to say also that I worked closely with the MADE studio on this. I am not a designer, more a sort of curator with ideas and this is very much a collaboration.
You can read more about the collection by clicking on the individual items and then there is this little video wot we made too.
Let me know what you think……