Having a designer label in the home no longer means that you must break the bank. Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall explains why.
When it comes to High End design the sky really is the limit – beautiful bespoke pieces cost eye-watering amounts. However, over the last few years a growing number of High End designers have recognised the importance of good design throughout the home. They have begun working with High Street names to create great quality, exquisitely designed ranges to ensure all of us can get a bit of that designer glamour.
Probably one of the best examples is the “Designers at Debenhams” range (launched twenty years ago this Autumn comprising just two ranges of clothing). These days the retailer has a host of interiors items (from bedding and accessories to furniture and lighting) bearing the names of John Rocha, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran, Ben de Lisi and Julian MacDonald: a veritable galaxy of stars of the design world. Ranges such as this are key in pushing the boundaries and moving our interiors forward in leaps and bounds without breaking the bank.
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson courtesy of Debenhams, bed linen from £60
A design name synonymous with good taste and quality has to be Conran, a dynasty that has single-handedly revolutionised the way Brits shop for their homes. The patriarch, Sir Terence Conran, founded Habitat in 1964 with an ethos of providing democratically designed pieces of exceptional quality aimed at the young home-owner. His Conran Store is definitely high-end, but his latest range for Marks & Spencer harks back to his egalitarian beginnings (particularly with its on trend 1960s retro feel of blond woods and simple lines).
M&S Conran Home range harks back to the beginnings of the famous Conran brand
His children have all carried on the mantel, son Jasper Conran is firmly entrenched with Debenhams and also designs tableware for Wedgewood. This must inspire a little sibling rivalry with both his sister, Sophie, who designs cookware, tableware and accessories for Portmeirion and brother Sebastian, who has created a boutique range of exquisitely crafted small electrical appliances, kitchenware and furniture for John Lewis.
Soft furnishings and fabrics have always held a particular appeal for designers with a number creating ranges for the domestic market. Osborne and Little have worked with Nina Campbell for a number of years resulting in beautifully crafted, classic designs. Designers Guild collaborates with both Christian Lacroix and William Yeoward.
Chairs from William Yeoward’s Astasia and Monsoreto Collections
Lacroix creates ranges of fabrics, wallpapers and accessories of immense fun for the brave at heart. These contrast beautifully with the Yeoward Collections whose understated elegance give a wonderful peak into the world of his Kings Road showroom with its exquisite furniture, lighting and amazing crystal.
Lacroix’s fabric book for Designers Guild
French fabric house, Lelievre, boast collections by Sonia Rykiel and former “enfant terrible” of the fashion world, Jean Paul Gaultier.
As with anything, it is how you use it and with some designer ranges less can truly be more, but look out for those top end names to ensure a High Street treat for the interior senses.
Hallam Goes Gothic With Oka Range
Oka have scored quite a coup by securing the services of internationally renowned interior designer Nicky Haslam to create a bespoke capsule range which is launched this month. “Nicky Haslam for OKA” comprises a collection of striking pieces of gothic-style furniture with medieval architectural influences in natural colours as well as colour fabrics, cushions and home accessories.
The range gives clear indications of its impeccable pedigree by combining a strong sense of style with unusual shapes and intricate details. The collection has a solid hint of Gothic revival and should definitely appeal to those seeking glamour and passion (www.okadirect.com).
Nicky Haslam for OKA’s Round Diamond Table
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer.