A midday stroll around sunny Guildford revealed a new addition to one of my favourite High Street boutiques. French Connection, which, until last weekend focused purely on clothing and accessories, now has a small homeware section.
Its clean lines and minimalist style is very much in keeping with FCUK’s image. In the French Connection Home Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue an eclectic range of furnishings is grouped under headings such as Modern Industrial and Undone Elegance which I feel are valid descriptions. I think there is also an African influence which manifests itself in the geometric patterned rugs, the oversized clay bowls, and the rich dark wood furnishings.
Very much a low key feel with rugs in muted shades, distressed leather chairs, and antique copper pendants.
Parquet console tables and coffe tables exhibit an array of modern accessories. Pots and bowls made from marble/soap stone, hammered metal, and clay, and table lamps made from glass, metal and stone.
Mirrors in all shapes and sizes adorn the walls.
These stylish furnishings would look equally at home in an office, residence, or even a hotel lobby. The overall styling reminded me very much of the lobby at the Hoxton Hotel, Amsterdam, which I had visited earlier in the year.
To get the look FCUK has a handful of High Street Homeware stores, located in London, Newcastle and, of course, Guildford. FCUK Home also has an on-line presence at www.frenchconnections.com/homeware. Their range of sofas can be seen in selected DFS stores or at www.dfs.co.uk.