2017's Top Home Item Collaborations
The home furnishing and appliance categories have been interestingly vibrant this year, with several collaborations breathing in an air of fresh style to elevate the look of a space. From pieces of furniture to lighting fixtures to entertaining essentials to décor to appliances, consumers are presented with an array of options that will make styling a space more exciting.
Here's a list of remarkable collaborations this year that put forth items with a balance of great design and sheer functionality.
Hermès 2017-2018 Home Collections
Photos from Design Boom
French fashion house Hermès unveiled this collection at Milan Design Week. This is done in collaboration with architect Alvaro Siza, industrial design studio Barber & Osgerby, and designer/artist Pierre Charpin. This collection of luxe furnishings includes tableware, serving trays, jewelry boxes, hangers, and hooks that were stylized with the brand’s signature leather links. Chairs made of fine bamboo and a coffee table cast in bronze are also part of the collection.
Louis Vuitton x India Mahdavi / Tokujin Yoshioka
Talisman table by India Mahdavi
Blossom stool by Tokujin Yoshioka
Photos from Louis Vuitton
Since 2012, French brand Louis Vuitton has had its Objets Nomades furniture collection that features a series of collaborations with the following designers: Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Atelier Oi¨, Maarten Baas, Barber and Osgerby, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Nendo, Gwenae¨l Nicolas, and Raw Edges. For Fall/Winter 2017, the brand added French architect/designer India Mahdavi and Japanese designer/artist Tokujin Yoshioka to it roster of collaborators.
Dolce & Gabbana x SMEG
Photos from Dolce & Gabbana
“Sicilian craftsmanship meets state of the art technology”—the collaboration between these two brands puts forward kitchen appliances with the signature Sicilian prints of the fashion house. Last year, they collaborated on producing 100 limited-edition FAB28 refrigerators that were hand-painted by artists who were commissioned by Dolce & Gabbana. This year, they teamed up again, to create smaller appliances that “are decorated with reflective interpretations of Sicilian folklore” and at the same time attuned to the aesthetic of Dolce & Gabbana. The collection includes toasters, citrus juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders, stand mixers, and slow juicers.
Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn
Photos from Pottery Barn
Los Angeles-based Filipino fashion designer Monique Lhuillier has established her designs as feminine, dainty, and elegant. Her brand includes ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, and bridal collections. In 2016, she forayed into home furnishing design in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids. This year, Monique collaborated with Pottery Barn again, this time producing a collection of items for bedding, bath, tabletop, entertaining, and décor. Inspired by her iconic wedding gowns, the collection is defined by delicate prints and embroidery as well as sophisticatedly feminine blush and rose gold palettes.
Ikea x Hay
Photos from Ikea
Swedish furniture brand Ikea and couple Mette and Rolf Hay of Danish design company Hay have collaborated on a collection called “Ypperlig” (Swedish for “excellent”). Ikea is known for practical items, while Hay focuses on modern and sophisticated pieces of furniture. When their aesthetics merged, the result is a collection of reasonably priced chairs, lighting, sofas, tables, shelves, and home décor with clever and straightforward designs.
Pantone x e3light
Photos from Pantone
Pantone, the world’s color authority, has launched its first-ever lighting collection, in collaboration with Danish lighting company e3light. The clean Scandinavian design of the fixtures incorporates minimalistic Pantone swatches. The collection, dubbed as “Coll.One Series,” features four styles: drop pendant, pendant lamp, table lamp, and floor lamp. The drop pendant and floor lamp may be styled with a lamp shade.