This season, go for a Global Gathering of your favourite pieces or give your home an organic Modern Rustique makeover with THE One's inspiring Spring 2010 Collection.
February 17, 2010 12:00 by Aarti Nagraj
Billed as one of the season’s hottest home fashion trends, Global Gathering is a vibrant mix of colours, patterns and textiles with all your favourite things taking centre stage. Rich, extravagant and a tad over the top, it is about breaking all the design rules of matching colours and styles and going with your gut feeling instead. Combine vintage and modern eras. Mix moss green, gold, red and black with metal, velvet, wood, glass and leather for an eye-catching eclectic effect. Think soft and rounded with lots of motifs and layering to create a cosy, feminine setting that is mature and distinctly individual – ‘handmade’ by you.
Get the Global Gathering look in your living room by pairing THE One’s glamorous gold velvet CHESTINO sofa with a neutral woolly rug and studded chrome HARLEY coffee table and matching side table. While the fiery red MAO cabinet is a re-invented classic that will give your room a Zen feel with a modern twist, Matt Carr’s vintage coffee table-inspired bookcase (see inset picture) is a piece of novel design that is perfect for showcasing all your riveting reads. With the main furniture sorted, all that’s left to do is have fun accessorizing with a selection of table and floor lamps, curios, textured cushion covers, bright throws, fabulous frames and of course, a funky footstool in grandma’s favourite floral print. As a final finishing touch, fill the room with candlelight using THE One’s striking silver plated U+ MIXALABRA – a constellation of nine single candleholders mounted on a platter. It is pure enlightenment on a plate.
Invite the Global Gathering trend into your dining room with the luxurious leather-looking KROKO dining table, tasselled TANSI ceiling lamps and sexy stainless steel-framed RUBY dining chairs in comfy leather upholstery. Jazz up the table setting with animal print crockery, beaded napkin rings and glittering gold goblets.
As for the boudoir, the CARLI bed with its studded red leather headboard is bound to push your buttons, especially when layered in organic cotton, a velvety bedspread and colourful cushions for added comfort. Here, the brown KROKO chest of drawers, bedside table and curvaceous chrome-based CATHRYN table lamp make a dreamy match. Opt for the elegant EIBO floor lamp if you like to do some bedtime reading.
The Modern Rustique spring trend marks the return of symmetry and straight, clean lines. If you’re a sophisticated city slicker with a passion for the great outdoors, you’ll love this one! Think form and function; simple yet stylishly snug. Start with a base of black, white and one accent colour (for example amber) then add leather, cotton, linen, light woods, glass, metal and shiny textures for a harmonious masculine blend that is perfectly complemented by contemporary furniture.
Create a fresh, earthy space with THE One’s sleek REY sofa in beige, ‘contempo-retro’ SIXTIES coffee table and chic cowhide carpet. Liven up the look with a trio of trendy ball pendant lamps and balance this with natural elements such as raw wood sculptures, tan leather cushion covers and a grey-green throw. Add a classically worn leather armchair in the corner and an array of candles to soften the setting nicely and make subtle fashion statements with designer items such as the SENNO wall clock and U+ CHECKLE checkerboard – putting the fun into functional.
Continue the Modern Rustique trend in the bedroom by contrasting a white leather RENZO bed and fluffy bamboo rug with tan cushions and a striking textured stool. Here, white linen is the number one choice – creating a soothing sanctuary where you can recharge both mind and body. While a few animal prints and bark wall sculptures will enhance the rustic theme, a glossy white PICO cabinet and pair of JIN table lamps are key boudoir pieces that are both pleasing to the eye and the pocket.
Although the most important thing this spring is achieving a comfortable, relaxing vibe at home, the question is: Will you be THE One making and breaking home fashion rules or will you follow the flat-pack flock?
On THE One:
Invented by Thomas Lundgren, THE One Total Home Experience opened its first store in Abu Dhabi in 1996. Today the brand is present in five countries across the Middle East. But THE One doesn't believe the world needs another retailer; they believe we need a better world. That’s why, intent on being THE [responsible] One, the company aims to be both magical and meaningful: inspiring their fans with seasonal Home Fashion Collections that are ‘Always Different, Always Limited and Never Expensive’ while Changing the World Together. To this end, THE One supports a number of local and international charities and takes every opportunity to employ physically and mentally challenged individuals. You can find THE One Theatres in Bahrain (Manama), Jordan (Amman), Kuwait (Kuwait City), Qatar (Doha) and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah). Visit www.theoneplanet.com
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