With fabulous finds from the major overseas furniture fairs just dropped – and more to come – Matt Blatt buyer Ellee Kuki Kelekolio offers the inside scoop on the looks we’re loving in-store, and those we have to look forward to in the months to come…
Matt goes modern
“This year we’re expanding our range of ultra-modern pieces to complement our beloved best-selling replica and retro designs,” explained Ellee.
“From versatile contemporary shelving units in hardy plastics to moulded plastic and fabric armchairs to round commercial-quality dining tables to solid ash and steel bar tables and powder-coated mesh steel and timber coffee tables, we’re super excited about adding to our contemporary collections.”
On the sofa front, Ellee says we can expect to see fresh leather shades, such as a sophisticated mushroom grey, as well as a leather modular version of Matt Blatt’s popular Houston sofa, a new range of funky European-inspired sofabed designs and additional armchair and sofa designs in plush velvet.
“Stools will steal the show this year, with a range of original designs on the way featuring curved and low-backed profiles,” advised Ellee, who also called out a new range of leather-look Danish designed stools and upholstered armchairs in bright, bold shades, as well as velvet and gold ottomans and a new woodgrain version of Matt Blatt’s replica DSW chair.
More from…United Strangers
This year Matt Blatt will be adding extensively to its exclusive United Strangers collection, bringing in artwork and accessories and creating experiential in-store galleries and ‘rooms’ in flagship stores where customers will be able to visualise the brand’s on-trend retro style in a real-life setting.
“Known for using unusual, recycled and organic materials, the new range will include key pieces such as a sofa crafted from military canvas, a marble dining table, a gorgeous green leather entertainment unit and a chunky timber coffee table and stool.”
“We’ve invested in a huge range of new rugs for 2018,” said Ellee, “including more patterned textiles featuring motifs, tribal patterns and geometrics, as well as additional original Avril Gilmore designs and more than 70 one-of-a-kind Turkish rugs in patchwork designs, each with its own unique story to tell.”
“Our showrooms and web store are always jam packed with avant-garde accessories, and 2018 will be no exception as we add more cocktail carts, planter stands, lifelike artificial greenery including unusual species, hanging plants and giant palms, as well as colourful wall-mounted magazine racks and animal-inspired ornaments,” said Ellee.
All about Art
With the Australiana trend still going strong, Matt Blatt will be building upon its down-under-themed wall art, as well as bolstering its popular range of affordable unframed A3 prints featuring famed faces and fun fauna.
The return of an icon
“In 2018 we’re bringing back a replica favourite from days gone by, the replica Lady armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in the early 1950s, in cool new colours and fabrics, including terracotta and teal velvet,” said Ellee.
“Towards the end of 2018 keep an eye out at Matt Blatt for our epic new range of eclectic, artisan, one-off pieces from India. We’re still in the process of finalising materials and designs but we anticipate the range will be in-store in time for next summer – and we can’t wait!”