What’s it like to travel the world assessing trends, and create furniture for one of the country’s best-known interiors retailers? We asked Coricraft buyer Megan Morgan how she finds her inspiration, what an average day in her life is like and how to instantly update a room.
You travel extensively and get the latest insights into international design trends. What are the top trends you see coming through in the next year or two?
A trend that I’ve seen coming through in a very strong way is a focus on giving customers the element of choice. You see retailers offering different coverings for their couches, occasional chairs and dining chairs, as well as different colours and sizes in wooden products. Modular furniture is very hot at the moment, too, which goes hand in hand with giving your customer the freedom to choose what is best for their needs. You see modular furniture being offered at all kinds of retailers, ranging from fabric and leather couches to patio furniture. Finally, there is still a big focus on incorporating metallic accents into settings, which adds dimension and layers textures.
How is Coricraft incorporating these trends into its latest furniture collections?
We have recently introduced two modular ranges – the Sven and the Congo. These are the first modular ranges for Coricraft. We also have a gorgeous cane patio suite – the Sedgwick – coming into stores just in time for summer. And then we have added beautiful, substantial metallic hardware on the new Sorrento range. We will offer it in two options: dark wenge with a bronze handle and grey with a silver handle.
What’s your favourite international destination for design inspiration, and why?
I really love seeking inspiration in New York. There is such a wide variety of stores to visit there – from the mainstream retailers to very high-end boutiques. There’s something for all taste levels in New York, as well as different styles and price points for all sizes of homes. The city is one of those special places that breathes life into you – you leave New York believing you are capable of anything, and that definitely translates when working on the product you had in mind over that trip.
In the new Coricraft collections, which item is your personal favourite?
What’s the quickest or easiest way to update a home’s interiors?
I’m a big fan of changing up scatter cushions and adding a new throw for an instant facelift. Another easy way to change the look of your entire room without having to buy big pieces is to incorporate a carpet for a pop of colour or to use the occasional chair as an accent piece.
Who is your favourite local architect or designer, and why?
There are quite a few that I really admire but one that I am enjoying in particular at the moment is Elle Kay Fabrics. I think their designs are fresh and fun.
What’s your favourite room in your own home, and why?
My favourite room is definitely my lounge: I love the colour palette. It’s very calming – blonde wood with grey, white and pops of green. I have several of my favourite decor items in my lounge that all come from my favourite ceramic store in Shanghai as well as two beautiful paintings my mom did for me. It all ties together really nicely.
What does ‘luxury’ mean to you?
Luxury is definitely something that brings me pleasure or an advantage that I don’t usually have. I find travel to be my ultimate luxury – the pleasure that I gain from my travels is something I could never put a price to.
If money were no object, what piece of design or art would you treat yourself to?
I would DIE to have Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe print. She’s one of my icons and I’ve always loved Andy Warhol, so that would be my ultimate art treat.
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