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Interiors & Design

Cozy Textures and Textiles: Create a Welcoming Home for the Winter Season

As colder weather approaches, some small additions to your home in the form of soft textiles, special glassware, and table decorations will create a welcoming place to entertain or hibernate

With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to fill our homes with bright, cheerful textiles, vibrant glassware, and beautiful lighting to create a warm glow indoors, whatever the weather outside. We round up some of the best pieces to transform your space into a cozy haven.

Anor Living’s Textiles

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Every item in Anor Living's range of textiles is handcrafted and unique, and the fabric is ethically created and released in strictly limited numbers.

Crafted by artisans in Samarkand and Tashkent using traditional methods, Anor Living’s homewares bring Uzbek style to the west. The collection of cushions and suzanis—large embroidered panels—are textiles handmade from handwoven silks and velvets and showcase the unmistakable Ikat design Uzbekistan is famous for. As well as homewares, the company produces eye-catching limited-edition Ikat-design coats and jackets with neutral colorways as well as bolder multicolored options, which, as the Anor Living design team says, “look as fabulous with a pair of jeans as with an evening dress.” A collection of Ikat dresses has also launched.

Raw Color’s Knitted Blankets

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As well as the blankets, Raw Color's collection includes a scarf that shows how temperatures may rise by seven degrees Fahrenheit (4°C) by 2100 if emissions are not reduced.

Climate change is always a sobering topic, but it has inspired Raw Color’s Temperature Textiles, which at least bring some environmentally aware brightness to the subject, and to our interiors. The knitted blankets, designed and made in Eindhoven, Netherlands, carry climate data about global warming embedded into their stitching. A cleverly curated color scheme nods to three elements of the issue. Warm hues feature data on temperature change, cool shades carry sea-level information, and a mix of warm and cool refers to emissions.

Birdie Fortescue’s Japan-Inspired Homewares

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Birdie Fortescue's globally inspired designs are crafted in-house at her studio in Norfolk in the east of England. Credit: Mel Yates

“I’m inspired by my travels, by other cultures I’m lucky to experience,” says Birdie Fortescue. Her latest collection, Ando, nods to Japanese themes “tempered for western tastes—there’s a subtle eastern theme” running through the tableware, soft furnishings, and lighting that, like all the British designer’s output, has been two years in the making. Fortescue hopes her new collection will bring “calm into the home and is inspired by the Japanese word ando, which can mean peace, comfort, calm…” A first for this fall is a new floor lamp, made using a traditional bobbin design carved in northern India that is, according to its creator, “perfect for the gloomy corner that most homes have.” The Ando collection also includes hand-knotted rugs, cushions, and throws.

Micheluzzi Glasses and Vases

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Sisters Elena and Margherita Micheluzzi combine traditional Venetian craftsmanship with a modern twist when working on the design of their glasses. Credit: Bianca Vannucchi

Sisters Elena and Margherita Micheluzzi grew up watching their glassmaker father at work. They clearly paid attention to his craft because in 2019 they launched their own collection of Murano glassware as Micheluzzi Glass. Inspired by the “magical lights and colors of Venice,” the duo creates vases and glasses that are defined by their vibrant faceted surfaces and iridescent sheens. For their curved vases the sisters mouth-blow the glass before transforming the vessel via molatura, a cold-carving process, which reveals unexpected shades and light reflection, meaning each piece is unique. Their glasses, meanwhile, are also individually mouth-blown and shaped while molten to achieve a gentle effect of motion, meaning no two are ever alike.

Lighting by Barovier&Toso 

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Available in both transparent and opaque finishes, Luca Nichetto's Vallonné lamps create a soft glow over interior spaces thanks to the handcrafted crystal they're made from.

Named after the French word for “hilly”, the new suspended Vallonné and Vallonné Opale lamps from Barovier&Toso were designed by Luca Nichetto of Nichetto Studio then mouth-blown and handcrafted in Venice. The lamps follow a year of rethinking the processes and production of blowing glass. “The company has taken risks, leaving the possibility of wide-ranging experimentation open, also by rethinking some of the main tenets of the tradition. The result has been a brilliant synergy,” says Nichetto of the softly curved pieces that are available in white, two metallic finishes—black chrome and honey bronze—and four colors—crystal, indigo, periwinkle, and sand.

Fornasetti’s Homewares

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A golden snake and tempting red apples are some of the motifs that reveal the original sin theme of Fornasetti's Peccato Originale collection.

Fornasetti recently launched new table decorations and scented candles featuring its facial and architectural designs. The idea for the pieces began “on a winter’s evening, during a candlelit dinner in the hall of a crumbling Tuscan castle,” says Barnaba Fornasetti, artistic director of the Milanese atelier. Three ranges—Peccato Originale (original sin), Architettura (architecture), and Farfalle e Balaustra (butterflies and balustrade)—include a candelabra, storage jars, and natural-wax candles.

LATOxLATO’s Succulent Pots

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Quinta n. 1 by LATOxLATO blends a Renaissance architectural style with a Gothic feel, its arches leading to a vanishing point that offers the perfect frame for a succulent or cactus.

Virginia Valentini and Francesco Breganze de Capnist of LATOxLATO came up with the idea for their architectural cache pots when they saw that there were fewer options for succulents than there were for other plants. “We started exploring the world of succulents—some of them very rare—and discovered marvelous examples of varied colors and complex, fleshy shapes,” they note. “It’s not always enough to show off one of these unique beauties on a plain white wall or a crowded bookshelf. That gave us the idea to design a real ‘stage’ where a cactus could be the star of the show.” The Scenografie collection has three designs to show off your succulents: Quinta n. 1, with a series of arches; the cathedral-like Quinta n. 2; and Quinta n. 3, with an abstract stairway design.