Calm and Grounded Home Launches for Autumn-Winter 19

6th September 2019
A soothing and neutral Copenhagen Townhouse, styled for the Zara Home Autumn-Winter collection.
The elegant Silla chair holds its own styled with other design pieces. © Zara Home.

If the slight turn in temperature hasn’t got you reaching for everything cosy, these new Autumn-Winter ’19 home launches will. This is my time of year, let me tell you. I live for the blankets and chunky knit jumpers, the hunkering down as the leaves start to fall and evenings draw in.

The latest Autumn-Winter home collections from the high street and beyond seem to offer up a response to all the uncertainty in the news of late, too. That home is a comforting and grounding space in which to be, a reflection of ourselves. Simplicity is a common thread that runs through each collection, tied together in the use of natural, sustainable materials with an artisanal feel and a neutral colour palette.

Yes, I know what you’re saying – “but this isn’t real, Tiff! Where’s the cat vom? The bits of lego on the floor and the two-inch thick layer of dust over everything?” Of course, it’s not real, but we all need to aspire to something, right? There are some great styling takeaways to glean from my picks for the coming season. Shall we?

Zara Home – A Life of Simplicity

Warm honey spice lime painted walls and marble countertops create a lived-in look for the Zara Home Autumn-Winter collection.
Classic and timeless forever pieces compliment a pared-back kitchen setting. © Zara Home.

I’ve really fallen for the restrained elegance of these almost sparsely decorated rooms. The use of negative space. Sometimes a room just feels better with space left empty. Shot at architect Danielle Siggerud’s MD Townhouse in Copenhagen, Zara Home‘s ‘A Life of Simplicity’ looks like it belongs among the patinaed walls and aged wooden beams. Mixing pieces from other designers within the styling, a combination of contrasting materials and fabrics lend it a curated, lived-in feel. Highlights of the collection include the Silla chair with cane seat (as seen in the top image), an array of highly textured soft furnishings and organic shaped recycled glassware.

A contemporary brown sofa styled with textured neutral cushions and marble coffee tables for Zara Home.
Sleek marble coffee tables add an understated luxury to this tonal living space, from £89.99.© Zara Home.
A simple and minimal bedroom with a striking black wall lamp and paisley bedding showcase the Autumn-Winter 19 collection for Zara Home.
Metallic thread paisley bedspread, £159,99 and bubble effect glass night set, £17.99. © Zara Home.
A rustic table set with linen table cloth, brass candlestick and amber glassware from Zara Home.
A warm and inviting table set for dinner. © Zara Home.

Styling by Colin King, photography Frederik Vercruysse.

Tine K Home – Slow Collection

Moody and expressive sandy lime painted walls set the scene for the Tine K Home Autumn-Winter collection.
Nordic simplicity with a global feel, the Tine K Home ‘Slow’ collection.

Set against textured lime painted walls and dark wood floors, the ‘Slow collection’ by Tine K feels calm and sophisticated. Drawing from nature, a palette of Ocean, Walnut and Terra holds this edit together creating an altogether earthy and cocooning aesthetic.

A brand that continues to produce their collections by hand with small, artisanal workshops, you can pick up on their influences of travel within their Scandinavian roots. Pieces like the woven rattan pendant lamp lend texture to a room and the standout of the collection, the Feelchair, made from recycled aluminium is the latest example of their commitment to sustainability.

Introduce autumnal hues into your home through the plumpcious PufSoft velvet pouf and rough linen lampshades – I love the Ecru.

A simple black side table styled with autumnal leaves for Tine K Home's Autumn-Winter collection.
Natural imperfections shine through in the use of linen and cotton accessories. © Tine K Home.
A light filled living space with Walnut coloured velvet pouffles in the Tine K Home Autumn-Winter collection.
Blend neutral hues with chunky shapes for a contemporary look. © Tine K Home.
A tiered Tine K Home rattan pendant lamp looks striking over a table draped with deep blue linen.
Ocean blue creates a visual contrast against the sandy neutrals with the Feelchair (right). © Tine K Home.

Styling by Pernille Vest.

French Connection – Le Brun and Dark Shadow

The Autumn-Winter 19 collection from French Connection draws inspiration from tribal print and global style.
A world of style, the Le Brun collection. © French Connection.

This season French Connection has brought two collections to the table. Le Brun (the brown) which encapsulates an earthy, artisanal craft aesthetic and Dark Shadow, based on minimal lines and concrete brutalism. Yep. My favourite.

An additional capsule collection includes a sustainable range of textiles. Rugs made from recycled bottles and cushions made from denim scraps demonstrate French Connection’s ‘reuse, recycle, reinvent’ approach to production.

Looping back to wanting our homes to feel comforting and grounded, Le Brun draws inspiration from tribal culture and global style in its woven, tasselled accessories and cane furniture. The Parallel chair in acacia wood (as seen above) is designed to fold away and can be used both inside and out.

A French cane cabinet looks striking with a brass lamp on top for French Connection's Autumn-Winter collection.
Inspired by artisanal craftsmanship, the French Cane Cabinet, £650. © French Connection.
A styled collection of blue home accessories made from recycled materials from French Connection's Autumn-Winter 19 collection.
The sustainable capsule collection features rugs made from recycled bottles and scrap denim woven cushions. © French Connection.
Striking black metal armchair in a modern concrete living space. styled with a grey chunky knit blanket.
Stark monochromatic style, Dark Shadow boasts brutalist concrete elements and metal substrates. © French Connection.
Two thin framed black metal chairs with leather seats, from the French Connection Autumn-Winter collection.
The Tokyo flouts and chunky trend in favour of an ultra thin metal frame and stitched leather seat. © French Connection.

Styling by Nuala Sharkey, photography Russell Duncan.

Ferm Living

Chunky and curvy Rico lounge chair styled in a soft pink panelled living room by Ferm Living.
Soft and natural curves reign supreme for the Rico Lounge chair. © Ferm Living.

Those soothing, neutral interiors continue on into Ferm Living’s A/W 19 lookbook. Never afraid to do Nordic design differently, feminity leads as the main influence with fluid, curved and chunky silhouettes. Irregular shapes found in nature have been applied to some of the pieces making them irresistibly tactile (see the Hebe lamp, above).

Stepping away from tone on tone, the Ferm Living collection is all about contrast. Deep and spicey tones add depth to a muted interior reaching into blue. The ridiculously cuddly Rico lounge chair, first seen here in off-white boucle, has been given a rich update in Tiger Mountain upholstery.

Still top of my list, the Haze Vitrine has been given a softer, more feminine Cashmere colourway and the aptly named ‘Braided Belly’ pendant lamps in rattan are quietly confident statement pieces.

Warm, spicy tones of the Ferm Living Rico armchair contrast against a soft neutral interior for their Autumn-Winter collection.
The versatile, round Plant Box used as a neat and portable drinks cart. €189. © Ferm Living.
The Ferm Living Haze Vitrine in a Cashmere white styled in a Nordic living space with houseplants.
A beautiful cabinet to display beautiful treasures, the Haze Vitrine in Cashmere. © Ferm Living.
Ferm Living Braided Belly light shades hang in a neutral and minimal living space.
Tactile and curvy, the braided Belly lamp shade, €135. © Ferm Living.

Photography by Heidi Lerkenfeldt and Martin Neve.