Wonky ware

 Your eyes are not deceiving you, it's definitely wonky

Your eyes are not deceiving you, it's definitely wonky

My word of the day is 'wonky ware' which is a brilliant descriptive term for ceramics which have a deliberately uneven shape, as seen at Habitat's spring/summer 2014 press show last week.

I think the appeal of wonky things has got a lot to do with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, or the beauty of things that are imperfect (which I talked about in this post a few months ago) and can be explained by the more general trend towards hand-crafted items. In case you hadn't noticed there's been a huge resurgence in craft and making things so it's inevitable that a brand like Habitat, which has always had a slightly ethnic/global traveller vibe going on, would respond to it.

And there will be lots of things with a hand-crafted feel coming into the stores next spring... I liked the Agnus ceramics with high gloss and matt finishes and the organic-shaped Esterban recycled glass vessels. Good value rugs, and I mean good value and nice rugs, Habitat excels at affordability. I liked the Bowan rug made of off-cuts put together in a geometric pattern, it's just the right side of gap year, and I also liked the very easy to live with woven Bortollo rug. There are colourful textiles as always, look out for the Sebbi throws, they also do a £12 cushion in new funky prints each season (includes cover and cushion) it's a bestseller. They've done a sort of take on the Arco floor lamp - the Bip overreach light - for a fraction of the price, plus floor lights which look like weebles and don't tip over. There's also some neon-colour-popping-skinny-legged furniture which is quite sharp. 

 High gloss and matt finishes on the Agnus ceramics

High gloss and matt finishes on the Agnus ceramics

 Great shapes: Esterban recycled glass vessels

Great shapes: Esterban recycled glass vessels

 Bowan rug in foreground and weeble (not it's real name) light on the left 

Bowan rug in foreground and weeble (not it's real name) light on the left 

 A very easy to live with rug, the Bortollo

A very easy to live with rug, the Bortollo

 Come spring you will want one of these Sebbi throws

Come spring you will want one of these Sebbi throws

 This cushion will cost you £12

This cushion will cost you £12

 The adjustable Bip overreach light, on the left, and some skinny-legged furniture

The adjustable Bip overreach light, on the left, and some skinny-legged furniture

And while I'm being a one-woman Habitat PR machine, I might as well mention that in December at Platform, the exhibition space within their King's Road store, they've teamed up with rather beautiful and very hip by the look of it new magazine Hole & Corner to do some fun foodie events, click here.