Whether you’re looking for unusual shades of paint to brighten a room, curated handmade ceramics to elevate your dining experience, or a beanbag to relax on, these interior design companies are passionate about their carefully created products, and what they can bring to your home.
1. Explore Heritage Style
London-based interior design duo Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham, of Salvesen Graham, have launched a new range for the US market, including rugs, lighting, and small furniture, as well as tabletop goodies.
Some of the items are private label, others are designed in collaboration with brands including The Lacquer Company. Standout pieces from the launch collection include lacquer trays, bamboo and cane-style candlesticks, and cushions designed by edit58 x Salvesen Graham.
2. Invest in Handmade Ceramics with Soul
“The recent resurgence and popularity of curated handmade ceramics has really brought a new energy to what was a dying craft,” says Ernie Lee, founder of The Los Angeles Clay Company. Lee started the business in 2014 when a local restaurant commissioned him to make handleless cups.
Today he handcrafts plates, serving platters, and those cups, each a one-off. “The process, effort, skill, and time it takes to learn and execute a craft leaves a beautiful residue that you can see and feel in the work,” he says. “Most handmade objects are not perfect but thoughtful.”
No production-line tableware, it takes Lee two to three weeks to complete a single bowl or plate. And, as he observes, “If you’re lucky enough to own anything handmade, you might realize the work has a soul.”
3. Upgrade Your Seating
Royal Stranger’s mission is to “bring you the best unique pieces of art and design . . . handmade in Portugal.” Head designer Sofia Pinho Santo studied architecture before unveiling her furniture brand at 2017’s Maison&Objet event in Paris.
The latest releases include the curvy Plump sofa and the Glazy chair, which combines velvety upholstery with a high-gloss back plate in colors including deep forest green, gold, copper, and silver leaf. The interior design company will also produce chairs in your own fabric.
4. Try Relaxation-Inspired Furniture
The first beanbag was envisioned in 1969 by Italian company Zanatta Design, which wanted to make something modern for the flower-power generation to sit on. New Zealand company Lujo has been making beanbags and other pieces of “relaxation-inspired” furniture since 2007, and has just released some “mini me” versions of its popular Kyoto XL beanbag.
The handcrafted bags feature premium fabrics, “designed to handle the daily rough and tough you’d expect from children.” They are available in six colorways, including modish grays and subtle neutrals.
5. Invest in an Inviting Bed
The designers at Gervasoni are constantly researching ways in which to create “comfort-oriented solutions” for your homeware needs. The new Loll collection showcases the results perfectly with an inviting bed designed by Paola Navone.
There are no hard edges here—the bed’s “cut-and-sew” profile is designed to mimic “delicate lines drawn freehand.” Other pieces in the collection include an ottoman, three armchair options, and a modular sofa.
6. Experiment with Color
Graphenstone is the world’s most certified eco-paint company. Its spring/summer palette was developed with color expert Betsy Smith, who wanted to “embrace a free, post-pandemic mindset design to enhance well-being—sustainably.”
The four color combinations include warm blues Whisper and Duck Egg Blue—“the perfect alternative to white in the home or office”—and an earthy duo that pairs mustard-beige Dijon with the gray-lilac Grape, which is a very close relation to Pantone’s color of 2022, Very Peri.