Never mind the baubles! Rock your Christmas look with anarchic reds, bondage tartans and a punch of neon. Subversion rules, okay?
As an alternative to the family singing along to those old favourites (much as we love I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, it wouldn’t make it very special, would it?), this year Livingetc is celebrating the season in Punk Rock fashion, summoning up the spirit of Vivienne Westwood, Sid Vicious and Alexander McQueen. So set the volume control to 11, rip up that Santa outfit and get ready to pogo…
1. Close to the bone
Spiky baubles and Goth-friendly accessories give table settings added attitude.
Bourbon Vintage dining table, Made.com. Organic Highback armchair, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for Vitra. Disc stools, Bowles & Bowles. Réaction Poétique 01 centrepiece, on table, £468, Jaime Hayón for Cassina at Aram Store. Skull Tidies, SUCK UK. Spike balls, The Conran Shop.
2. Rock ‘n’ roll licks
Greet your guests with sweets and treats, served in seditious style.
Modular sideboard, USM at Aram Store. Penny biscuit tin, BHS. Grosgrain napkin rings, Vera Wang for Wedgwood. Mannequin head, Morplan. Beaded star, The White Company.
3. Heart attack
Kick out the old – ring in the new. This two-fingered salute to trad displays sets the pulse racing…
Ebbie console table, Habitat. On console, Left Hand, Ceramic Matters at The Conran Shop; and Heart vase, Rockett St George. Reindeer light, John Lewis. Metro hall stand, BoConcept. Wreath, M&S. Windmill Tartan blazer, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania at Net-a-Porter.
4. Back to black
Strikingly dark decs keep the groove moody. Graffiti-style prints big up the streetwise vibe.
Christmas tree, B&Q. Electa armchair, Calligaris. Zeppelin sofa, sofa.com. Scribble Orb cushion, and Prince Charming cushion, Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company at Harrods. Page coffee table, Ines Cole at Liberty. Clowns rug, Jan Kath for Front London. Mick Jagger II by Eddie Lawrence framed print, Trowbridge Gallery.
5. Bookish bondage
Tie neon lights round furnishings to create an alternative Christmas tree – crowned with an offbeat topper.
Nuvola Rossa bookcase, Vico Magistretti for Cassina at Aram Store. Pigeon on Bowler Hat, London Taxidermy at Osprey London. LED rope light, lights4fun.co.uk. Cashmere vases, LSA International. Chevron rug, Next Home.
6. Storm the palace
Indulge in outrageous behaviour by chucking decs around the space – pooch can act as lookout.
Coloured Honeycomb decorations, RE. White Honeycomb decorations, Talking Tables. Pinner king-size four-poster bed, Heal’s. The Doggielounge dog bed, Fatboy at Houseology. Ruby rug, Deirdre Dyson. Sex Pistols 1977 photographic print, 55 Max. Patti Smith in Amsterdam framed print, Allposters.
7. Hang ’em high
Overturn convention by stringing baubles from a pendant – Sid Santa would definitely approve.
Beaded chandelier, Graham and Green; dressed with baubles from Debenhams. Cornelia rocking chair, Giorgio Cattelan for Cattelan Italia at Harrogate Interiors. Richards side table/stool, Julian Chichester. Red Planet decorations, The Conran Shop. Broadway Star floor lamp, Made.com. Father Christmas suit, Escapade. Skunk by Yago Partal print, Subject Matter.
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