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.