They say home is where the heart is and as such, your home should be a place that you absolutely adore. This belief is a strong influence on the Country Road homeware design team’s collections. This season they were inspired by the Australian way of life; with natural materials and colours aplenty.
Here, we go behind the design and meet Bruce, Toby, Jess, Christine and Stevie as they talk us through the inspiration and processes that went into this season’s collection.
Bruce Summers: homeware design manager
What inspired the collection? The biggest influence for the new collection is the Australian way of life. It was important for the products in the collection to be beautiful, but also have a casual ease about them. For colour, we looked to our environment and the way natural materials and flora take on new hues every season.
Why the use of yellow? It’s quite a departure from the neutrals that Country Road is known for. Yellow was introduced to add an impact accent to the range. It pairs perfectly with neutrals, and is in-line with the seasonal change from the warm to cooler weather. The tone of the yellow we have used is a great way to add vibrancy and an element of visual warmth to your space in the cooler months when black and greys become a more prominent staple in fashion.
Country Road is known for metallic accents, is that still a trend that is going strong? Metallic accents are most definitely still going strong, however the approach to using them is now more subtle and sophisticated, looking to softer brushed finishes rather than bright polished metallics. Rose gold and copper which have been popular over the past few years are now being replaced with lustrous brushed brasses and silver, which are much easier to pair back with a variety of colours and materials.
Stevie Price: junior textiles designer
What is your favourite piece of this season? Ignis Placemat and Coaster – made from the new silicone material. The Ignis range is versatile and easy care, which is a real focus for us in Home. We try to make as many of our products both versatile and easy to care for to coincide with our easy Australian lifestyle.
Jessica Heaslip: hardgoods designers
Could you talk us through the design process you took in your approach to this season? This season our inspiration was drawn from soft rounded edges which is evident throughout the range. From this initial direction, I focus on details which we think will best suit my mediums and developed from there, ensuring that all product is designed to complement the rest of the range.
Chrissy Keyte: textiles designer
What materials do you love working with and why? Working with contrasting textures and looking at new yarns. Layering different finishes is always interesting and creates depth and to any room.
Toby Nowland: hardgoods designer
Could you talk us through the design process you took in your approach to this season? For this season, I really tried to think about how we as Australians interact with, and use the objects in our homes. Our lifestyle involves lots of time spent outdoors, entertaining with friends and family and plenty of time relaxing inside during cooler months.