Behind the Designs of our Spring Collection
“I love spring and summer. They’re seasons of great promise and we are delighted to be introducing yet more exciting pieces into the collection,” Sue Jones, our Co-Founder and Creative Director, said when she spoke to us about the inspiration behind and finishing touches to our Spring Collection. We wanted to share some stories about the process of designing our new pieces with you, from creation to special features and naming influences, they’re awash with Sue’s fascinating morsels and signature pearls of wisdom. Read on to find out about a few of our favorites.
Lauretta Wine Cabinet
Our Lauretta Wine Cabinet is full to the brim with exciting and practical features, from its 16-cubby strong bottle rack and mirrored back to a concealed shelf that can be pulled out for the perfect tipple preparation surface. The name perfectly reflects its 1920s style, with the circular brass details and ebonized oak finish lending glamorous touches. These features are a design theme that has been carried through our collection, as you will see below. Sue says, “I wanted to introduce this showstopper cabinet, which is made from top quality oak, as it’s not overtly modern but also not old fashioned, so it will fit into all types of settings.” She also suggests that if you’re a fan of Lauretta’s striking style, you should keep your eyes peeled…
Crawford Console Table
The Crawford continues in the footsteps of the Lauretta’s iconic Art Deco styling theme with its eye-catching design. Pairing contrasting materials “is something I love doing,” says Sue. The mix of ebonized solid oak and high-quality metalwork brings warmth to interiors while also infusing a space with a modern touch. Crawford has an asymmetrical aesthetic with its elegantly tapered legs, four of which stand at the front, and two at the back. This really enhances what is, overall, a simple and minimalist design. You can find similar style shaping our brand-new Eldora Console Table, too.
Solomon Coffee Table
We have added several oak coffee tables to the collection that “perform the same function, but have a totally different attitudes,” says Sue. “I love oak. It’s reliable, strong and interesting. The Solomon was designed by taking a classic barley twist and scaling it right up into oversized proportions.” The barley-twist detail was hugely popular in the 17th century; and allowing this striking styles such as these to resurface with a modern spin is something we love to do at OKA. The name stems from the original inspiration for the barley twist style, which was influenced by the spiraling pillars in Solomon’s Temple, built in 700BC. The curvaceous, chunky legs lend a playful, sculptural touch, further enhanced by the double-bullnose edge detail and concave ends of the tabletop.
Filippo Linen Sofa
The Filippo, while not an entirely new piece in our collection, highlights the difference that materials can make to an interior’s aesthetic. “A simple change in cover can completely transform something beyond recognition,” says Sue, who has introduced a number of slipcovered pieces over the years to make switching up interiors easy for everyone. Our original Filippo was designed in a dark Charcoal velvet, and proved hugely popular, but here it serves a different purpose with a light-colored heavy linen cover which makes it feel much fresher and more suitable for airy spaces.
Albert Outdoor Range
We’re always excited to build on our range of outdoor furniture and accessories because we feel there’s nothing better than lounging outside throughout the summer months, or indeed whenever the sun decides to rear its golden head. As Sue says, the Albert 3-Seater Sofa and Armchair are “faux rattan as you’ve never seen it before”. In fact, the pieces are actually crafted from weather-resistant rope that’s woven in a crosshatch style for a beautiful yet durable finish. “I can see them in an English garden as well as an American poolside,” says Sue. It’s the subtlety of the coloring and the soft lines that give the collection this adaptability and make Albert such an all-around star.
Mini Grisewood Wireless Lamp and Shade
You may be familiar with our Grisewood Table Lamp, a real hero in our range, but this baby version is a one-of-a-kind that we’re incredibly proud to be introducing. Its even more petite appearance is pretty in itself, but its practical features—cordless, LED, dimmable, chargeable—are what elevate it to something special and unique. “You can use it outside or in the middle of a dining table, and it’s beautiful. It would also make a marvelous present.” Being so easy to transport makes the cordless lamp more versatile than anything else in our lighting collection, and its smart style would fit into all sorts of interior and exterior aesthetics, so it’s good news that you can move it wherever you please.