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Careful use of artisan pieces will add contrast and character to any interior says Wayfair’s resident style advisor
Article by Nadia McGowan Hill
Adopting a slower and more mindful approach to our interiors is a key trend for this year and with this more thoughtful outlook comes a hankering for artisan pieces. Defined as items that are ‘hand-crafted by skilled workers’, artisan homeware moves away from the mass-produced to celebrate the true maker process, for an interior that is authentic and brimming with character.
Find the source
The beauty of artisan homeware is that there is always a story behind each piece, so explore the tale behind the pieces that you are buying and delight in the detail of each piece. At Wayfair, a number of artisan suppliers are available. Nkuku, which has seen a 45 per cent lift in sales at Wayfair.co.uk over the last year, boasts a broad range of home furnishings and décor that are made exclusively by artisan manufactures from around the globe. Another unique collection that continues to be a bestseller is Ian Snow – vibrant, handcrafted and recycled pieces that celebrate the eclecticism of India. The ongoing success of these suppliers indicates a growing appetite for a handcrafted and natural home that is only set to continue.
When shopping for artisan finds, look out for pieces made from natural materials. From handcrafted wooden furniture to woven seagrass baskets, opting for pieces that have a natural finish is the perfect way to tap into artisan style. Texture is another key hallmark of artisan interiors. Furniture with a handmade feel and textiles with embellishments and raw or slightly weathered edges are both tell tale signs of the look.
Less is more
Try to take a ‘less is more’ approach to the pieces that you buy. It’s far better to have fewer well-made pieces than many items that are mass-produced and homogenous in style, so take your time to build a home which celebrates lovingly crafted pieces.
Don’t avoid artisan homeware because of perceived ‘flaws’. A knotty grain in the wood of a handcrafted dining table, an unsymmetrical finish on a hand-sewn throw or a wonky edge on glazed ceramic dinnerware are all part of the charm of an artisan home.
Travel is a huge influence on interior design and this is no more apparent than in the celebration of artisan interiors. From Moroccan Berber rugs, to Rajasthani embroidery, tapping into the globe’s treasures is your passport to a beautifully authentic artisan home. Don’t be afraid to mix items from different destinations and different eras. Adopting an eclectic approach to your home makes for a much more interesting look. Additionally, try to buy a piece of artisan homeware whenever you travel abroad. Not only will your home be filled with unusual pieces that no one else has, you’ll also be reminded of far flung adventures whenever you spot your mementos.