Celebrating the beauty of craftsmanship and natural materials, the Modern Maker trend takes Scandi style back to basics
Just like fashion, interior design loves a new trend. If we needed an excuse to update our homes (which we don’t – obvs) then the changing of the seasons and the appearance of new products on the shelves would be reason enough.
Drawing on the raw beauty of unfinished surfaces, the Modern Maker look is about making natural materials the star of the show. Add depth to interiors with refined pieces that celebrate the skill of the artisan. Delicate neutrals in shades of putty and stone adorn the walls to create a calm backdrop for statement rattan, wickerwork and textural basket weaves.
Shopping editor Tamara Kelly gives us her breakdown of this rustic yet contemporary artisanal style:
“Modern Maker is an understated look with big impact – because it’s very easy to live with, it’s developing on the ever-popular Scandi trend. To get this look, focus on mixing natural textures such as wood, clay earthenware and woven materials that have a tactile quality. Layering up these different textures gives this pared-back look its cosy feel, while the light palette lifts the home in the dark winter months.”
Key colours: Pale greys that echo the winter sky and oatmeal neutrals
Accents: Tarnished bronze, oxidised red, charcoal black
Key materials: Unglazed finishes, stripped wood, marble, leather, galvanised metallics and rattan
Hero products: Oversized rattan lightshade, marble topped occasional table, statement woven chair, smoked glass accessories and a sheepskin rug.
What to buy to get the Modern Maker look:
Gronadal Rocking-chair, £145, Ikea
Gently rock into the new season with this handwoven dream of a chair.
Made from a mix of rattan and ash this design will gain character with
age, only adding to it’s natural beauty. Layer with plump mohair
cushions to give this aging rocker extra comfort and a further tactile
Gan Canevas Flowers Rug, £1,500, John Lewis
Add interest to floors with this large statement rug that measures 240 x 170cm. A key focus for this trend is showing the element of craft,
which this cross-stitch design does perfectly. Made using 100% felted
wool this pixelated floral design beautifully combines classic with
contemporary. Famed for it’s insulating properties, wool is the
ideal material for creating warmth underfoot during the colder months.
Oriana Natural Rattan Easy Fit Pendant, £35, Next
We love the simplicity of this oversized woven pendant. The intricate
weave allows light to gently sweep through the gaps, adding to the
overall handmade feel. An easy-fit pendant is a great choice to
instantly update a room without great expense. We suggest hanging this
singularly to make a statement in a living room, or as a pair over the
table in a dining room for added impact.
Live Edge Bowls, £55 set of 2, French Connection
With their conker-like exterior, raw lip and leather-finished handles, these mango wood bowls are the epitome of rough-luxe. The top edges are purposely left raw to give them an artisanal look, adding another layer the bowls’ inherent tactile qualities. Whether used as a display piece, or to hold a deliciously colourful rustic salad for a relaxed lunch with friends, we can’t wait to get our hands on these bowls!
Iffley Decorative Jug, £20, Habitat
You know the saying ‘you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth’? With its blend of glazed and natural stoneware, this jug makes us do that willingly. City slick meets country rusticity in this vessel, which can be filled with wild flowers or set in a display with other interesting earthenware – either way, enjoy its understated elegance.
Curly Skeepskin, £165, Cox & Cox
Sheepskins have long been a staple to combat winter chills – the properties of wool make it the ultimate comfort blanket, if you will. A luxurious thick skeepskin is a versatile buy; it can be draped over the back of the sofa or armchair for comfort or simply used, as intended, as a gorgeous rug.
Mano Cabinet, £795, Habitat
We genuinely believe that most elements of mid-century modern style never grow old, so this classic combination of materials – natural cane and oak – may be tried and tested, but it’s certainly not tired. The woven fascia of this low cabinet brings texture to the fore, with the negative space creating a subtle pattern, too. Plus, it does a great job of hiding away any clutter that’s not in keeping with the Modern Maker theme.
4220 Table Lamp by Secto, £509, Skandium
Deceptively simple in appearance, this lamp celebrates the qualities of the material it is craftd from: slender strips of wood have been precisely laser cut from this this lamp’s shade to allow the light to glow through the thinner layers. Thanks to the striking tonal (and textural) contrast between the wooden layers of this Finnish design, we’ve suddenly become even more fond of mood lighting.
Ivor Cushion by Thorody, £55, Heal’s
A love of classic materials and early Modernist design led to the graphic hand-drawn textile pattern for this linen cushion. True to the Scandi update theme, this plump gridded design’s not actually Scandinvian – it’s made in South London.
Marble Coffee Table, £285, French Connection
The simplicity of this coffee table’s design allows the richness of the luxury material at its core to speak for itself. A cool marble top on a geometric metal frame, this is a classic piece of minimal monochrome furniture that exudes a quiet beauty without undermining the other elements of the Modern Makers trend.