It’s around this time each month that I normally share a round-up of interesting furniture and homeware finds, but as the festive season is very nearly upon us, I’ve decided to do something a bit different today. So, instead of the usual product launches and design news, here’s a peek at the 2016 Christmas collections from some of my favourite brands. There’s a lot to get through, so grab a coffee and settle in for a big dollop of seasonal inspiration…
Brass and geometric shapes at Ferm Living
Danish stalwart Ferm Living has put together a striking, minimalist take on Christmas styling. Created by artist Leise Dich Abrahamsen, its latest festive range reinterprets traditional winter motifs such as birds, fir trees and stars. The materials blend simplicity and a bit of sparkle, with textured wood and lots of glittering brass. There are also cotton stockings and tree skirts with printed geometric patterns.
Muted greys and blues at Hübsch
Another Danish brand, Hübsch, has designed a beautiful Christmas collection featuring a spectrum of whites, greys and blues, along with carved wooden stars and hints of metallic sheen. I particularly love the delicate hand-blown glass baubles, some of which have groved surfaces or clever globes-within-globes.
Blush pinks and reds at Broste Copenhagen
Broste Copenhagen has opted for a slightly more colourful approach, with dusty blush pinks and warm rust reds offset by dark grey, ochre and gold. Much of the collection uses paper, and my eye was instantly drawn to the multi-layer fold-out trees and intricate origami stars. Rattan and felt elements provide added texture.
Monochrome minimalism at House Doctor
House Doctor has a sleek, monochrome Christmas collection that will appeal to fans of classic Scandinavian simplicity. Many of the designs – stockings, table runners, gift wrap – feature black and white stripes or checks, which look fantastic next to sprigs of seasonal greenery and touches of gold. There are also clean-lined candleholders, and marble-like baubles with a glossy surface that reflects twinkling lights.
Natural materials and candlelight at Rowen & Wren
Finally, Rowen & Wren’s festive range is understated and relaxed, with a focus on natural textures. There are raw-edge linen stars, willow tree skirts, reels of rattan twine, and metallic garlands with rich, mottled patinas. My favourite items are the candleholders, which include hanging glass lanterns, brass and zinc candlesticks with an air of centuries past, and ingenious candle stakes which can be spiked into planters filled with festive foliage.
All photography via the brands named above; for details of stockists near you, see each brand’s website.