Hoorah, we're still in the little black book of cool! We’ve been awarded CoolBrands status for 2013/14, and to celebrate, we're presenting you with our top 15 coolest products of all time.
CoolBrands first named us a CoolBrand in 2012, and it's just been confirmed that we’re still in 2013's mix of hip, cool young brands like Spotify, Dazed & Confused and itsu, whilst equally as proud to be sitting alongside the classic and trusted big boys - Apple, John Lewis and Virgin Atlantic to name but a few. CoolBrands and their influential annual initiative to identify the UK's coolest brands is all down to a nomination by the public, and then a vote by a combination of just under 3,000 consumers and a panel of 40 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of TV, fashion and music. Helping rate coolness this year were the likes of fashion designer Ben De Lisi, MBE interior designer Kelly Hoppen, singer Eliza Doolittle, and fashion blogger Susie Bubble (Susanna Lau) - a whole bunch of people who really know their stuff.
Our Sassy Boo Black Console Table was chosen by us as a cool piece as it's been a strong part of the collection for several years now. Ever popular, it's a dainty piece, not taking up lots of room but with a huge amount of dramatic presence, whether in a dark room or as a contrasting piece against cool, white painted furniture. Our Provencal Sassy White French Bed is the result of combining two of our bestselling beds - the Provencal Louis XV White Luxury French Bed and the Sassy Boo Black French Bed - it's an absolutely stunningly pretty decorative French bed - like the biggest box of Marc de Champagne truffles you can imagine - indulgent and luxurious. A new piece on the block, our Artisan Walnut Headboard will add a modern, organic and dynamic twist to a room scheme of modern or traditional and ornate French style furniture. Our unique flocking service can be applied to many of our pieces, and the cobalt blue we covered our Isabelle Full Length Mirror in to shoot in one of our stripey-walled showrooms is truly glorious!
What can we say about the Rock and Roll Trash can except it's just probably the coolest bin you'll ever see, surely? Our Sylvia Silver Drawers continue to sell like hotcakes - a supercool silver leaf finish and a beautifully curvaceous shape - a winning combination which will suit (and lift) so many different schemes. It feels as though the King Edison Pendant Lamp was designed especially to be part of our eclectic collection - it's such a clever, quirky and showstopping piece. The striking Himitsuhana-designed image printed onto our Renaissance Rug is super-cool and a real pick-me-up for any floor it's destined for. Our Twisted Table in Aluminium is versatile as a stool as well as a table, so try sitting it, with its slick metallic finish at a traditional white dressing table as a dressing stool. Meanwhile our Formentera Armoire is a vivid flash of delicious colour and a clever addition to a room full of coordinating antique white French furniture.
Indulge in our dark dramatic side, where our favourites include our clever handmade acrylic Ghostie Black Side Table through to our decadent and daring Glamour Boy Throne - the porters chair with attitude. Our Moooi Rabbit Lamp is the ultimate urban pet and the coolest of table lamps - there's no surface it doesn't look amazing on. The Bijou Side Table with its faceted jewel-like shape and brass-coloured lacquer finish is a metallic marvel which shines out against a room full of shabby chic furniture, providing an instant modern contrast without any fuss. The Air Printed Canvas is particularly stunning in the extra large size (at W137 x D4 x H173cm). A supercool take on an old Masters portrait, it is in fact an image and 2-D frame printed onto a canvas.
Now, where's that celebratory champagne?!
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company