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Funky, folk inspired furniture and home accessories

Folk inspired crafts, materials and patterns will dominate the home furnishing market for the next couple of years. Designers the world over are adapting original folk handicrafts to create funky updated versions of traditional furniture and homewares. Here are some examples:

Brightly coloured African feather headdresses are increasingly being used as wall hangings - as with these Juju hat wall installations by Kronbali. Some designers have taken to emulating the designs as contemporary artworks – see Penelope Jordan’s three dimensional textile works and Louise Greenfield’s pieces below.

Folk-strip trays and furniture by Alabasta from Swedish designer, Ary Interiors show similar inspiration.

And concentric circles are also a feature of the colourful metalwork furniture by Felicte L, in collaboration with Stephane Ducateau.

Folk inspired home furnishings feature traditional wools and felts, reworked into funky new designs, often in bright colours.

The traditional Navajo blanket becomes an artwork in this example by Kira Freija at the Saatchi and Channel 4’s New Sensations exhibition.

More muted shades feature too, with folk print cushions by Ceannis and Patagonian cushions (below).

Lighting also gets a folksy makeover, with paper lampshades in a range of funky folk inspired prints.
Even the eponymous stag’s head gets a funky folk makeover by Mahatsara.

Papier mache bowls and colourful ceramics feature prominently in the tableware mix.

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