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Designed By: Bart Eyking

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I found this furniture collection on Instagram the other week. I made an Instagram page for this blog at @theproductedit and Bart Eyking liked images from these three blog posts; The Shitaku Series, Crest Bottle Opener, and Geo Vacuum Flask. Enough to get my attention!

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These dusty pinks with the soft greys caught my eye in his Instagram feed but I encourage everyone to go for broke with bright colours on pieces with simple shapes.

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When I worked in Habitat we used to feel a funny sense of pride in people who would go for the fuchsia velvet sofa fabric, or white leather. You go you brave thing you! I want to come home with you and see your house.

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Granted all the colours all together are not my thing but…

Pink and orange? YES PLEASE.

Orange and grey? Well they are my product design company’s colours so, ahem, I do indeed approve (Julia Jacob Designs).

Grey and yellow? So good, two of my mates are obsessed with grey and yellow.

Use your hand to cover up bits of the photo above and you’ll see how different these colour combinations will make your room feel.

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I feel like its a little needless to say that these furniture pieces slot in together to form bigger items but I though I’d mention it just to preface this next image as I’m pretty excited about it. My favourite combinations!

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When my partner and I are reading, or more likely playing separately on our phones, having seats angled towards each other with a bridge, with a physical connection, would increase the sense of a shared experience. When sat across the room from someone I sometimes feel more connected to them than if we were sitting on the same sofa. You can see people properly when your not side by side!

Ps. I’m always on Instagram and he’s always on the Yu Gi Oh (or Dragon Ball Z?) game – we’re pretty cool.

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Image Credits: Bart Eyking’s Instagram / Bart Eyking’s Pinterest / Studio Lawrence

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Malva Sofa

Designed by: Anon for Habitat

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I’ve been watching Anime shows recently (not the naughty kind, just the Japanese animated stories!) and something struck me when I saw this sofa. It reminds me so much of how manga artists depict excitement or magic bubbling up in people or a house or pet.

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These artists are great at representing how we feel about something in a visual way. If a character was feeling trepidation walking into their office building at night the animator will make the walls bubble or shiver occasionally behind the character’s back. Its really effective as an extra way of showing how they are feeling, their perception of the world around them.

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When you first watch anime it can be a little confusing – “Errm… is that actually happening?” but you soon get your eye in.

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The designer of the Malva range has conveyed life and human emotion in the object with the same skill of the comic artists. This sofa would really animate a room. Its bulbous shapes make it look bouncy, it is inviting play and fun.

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The off kilter backrests make me want to properly lounge myself along on it. I can’t imagine two or three people sitting bolt upright on this piece of furniture. It has been designed for snugglers and blanket hogs. Malva is 70% wool too so that deep red will feel as luxurious as it looks.

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Habitat has always been a favourite of mine. I even got a job in Manchester’s Habitat with the intention of staying in the company for… well… life (!) until they shut down all 31 shops that weren’t in London. It still annoys me that I didn’t even voice my desire to keep my toe in the company, if you don’t ask you don’t get. Listen to your Mothers 21 year olds!

Personal idiocies aside, the company’s reshuffle and focus on the European market has stood to them. They have managed to hold on to their focus of bringing fresh design to the UK.

If anyone knows which Habitat designers were involved in the Malva range please let me know in the comments below, my research hasn’t produced any specific names yet. And I do like to champion the designers themselves!

Image Credits: Habitat

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