Leading British fashion designer Giles Deacon is known for his bold clothing and accessories. He is now branching into interiors and has stuck by his gutsy style guns for his first sofa set. The black, white and neon orange suite, with giant lips and illustrations of a woman’s face, is the result of a collaboration with DFS.
“I wanted the couch to be very clean and contemporary with high visual impact,” he says. “The monochrome theme with the photographic print gives it the ‘sophistipop’ feel which sums my tastes up well.”
The London Fashion Week favourite envisages his creation in a modern apartment but insists it is not just for the catwalk conscious. “The appeal should be broad as everyone’s design knowledge has grown so much in the past 15 years and people are very savvy. They like something unique.” Playful and comfortable, it makes for an eye-catching centre piece.
For our latest rental revamp we transformed an empty space into a lip-smacking living room, using Deacon’s sofa as the statement item. Here is a guide to getting the look, mixing high glamour with high street...
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Watch the transformation take place in this short video, plus behind-the-scenes footage
THE LIPGLOSS SOFA
For Giles, size matters. So he ensured the proportions of his sofa were as generous as possible. Those with the space and budget can also splash out on a matching footstool (£750, dfs.co.uk). “They can either provide an L-shape or turn the sofa into a bed,” he says. His DFS collection is more affordable than most designer pieces, but still has a £3,500 price tag (dfs.co.uk).
For a cheaper option, team a plain three-seater Sketch sofa in charcoal (£638, dfs.co.uk) with glossy shine lips cushions (£50.95) from zazzle.co.uk.
The alpine shaggy rug (£80, tesco.com) comes in size 160x230cm and is made from polypropylene pile, giving it a soft, luxurious feel. A mocha shade provides a warmer tone to the otherwise black, white and red scheme, making for a more homely ambience.
Other good options include the Whisper mocha rugs from modern-rugs.co.uk (£44-£229 depending on size) that have a light reflecting sheen or a Conran graphic block rug (£129.00-£229.00; marksandspencer.com) in cool grey and neutral tones.
LIGHTS TO LOVE
Tripod floor lamps can now be found on the high street. Tesco’s version is just £80 (tesco.com) and suits our colour scheme. The dark wood legs and black cotton shade add a sophisticated touch. Smart and practical, it is easily assembled and extremely light.
Also pick up the Spindle table lamp from Tesco for £28 for a vibrant contrast. Add some character with BHS’s Otis (bhs.co.uk). The bendy cord stem and glass bulb shade give it an edgy look and it’s a bargain at £20.
Alternatively, a Littlewoods cylindrical shape red table lamp (£22, littlewoods.com) or red metal Bobby lamp (£18, habitat.co.uk) would make a good match.
Rather than buying a bulky living room table go for the Kilo nest of three (£70, habitat.co.uk). Designed by Elling Ekornes and Trine Haddal Hovet, each table is versatile and available in various colours and sizes. They would be perfect for renters looking for furniture that can be carted between flats with minimal effort. Place a Wild & Wolff red phone (£38, redcandy.co.uk) on top for a pop of colour. A replica of a phone introduced by the post office in the 1960s, it has a nostalgic quality.
Accesorise further with vases. Combine different shapes and patterns, clustering them together for an eclectic feel. For this look try the chiseled porcelain Sketch vase from Habitat (£22, habitat.co.uk), John Rocha’s silver small scratched vase (£14.40, debenhams.com) and the gold Home Collection hammered effect number from Very (£29, very.co.uk) which has matching frames.
The Cubes effect shelving unit in black ash wood is a steal at £39.99 (argos.co.uk). Funky and functional, it is sturdy enough for books, DVDs or trinkets. It also acts as a handy display shelf for items such as the Stag’s Head from Ben de Lisi (£32, debenhams.com) which is part of the Designers at Debenhams collection. The intricate carved flower pattern on the red decorative bowl (£24, debenhams.com) makes it stand out.
Storage doesn’t have to be restricted to the floor. The set of three wall mountable storage cubes (£26.99, debenhams.com) are ideal for showcasing mini vases or cool items found in junk shops. Renters should check with their landlords that they are happy for these to be hung on walls. The Takker no nails picture hanging system (takker.com) could provide a nifty solution.
Rather than displaying one piece of wall art, juxtapose prints or clocks in different sizes and shapes. This kind of display can be easily adjusted to freshen up the room.
Nod to New York with a moving city canvas from B&Q, which has a good selection of wall art on its website (£14.98, diy.com).
Argos’s London montage framed print (£19.99, argos.co.uk) shows some of the capital’s landmarks. Deacon often incorporates a British theme into his pieces so this item subtly reflects his style.
Debenhams have fun signs by Heaven Sends in stock. We used the “Friends Welcome (Relatives by Appointment)” motif (£12.80, debenhams.com) but there are other humorous options. Maybe “I'm not bossy, I just have better ideas” would suit (£12.80). Or quote Oscar Wilde’s Parlane with “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes” (£4.80).
For a retro feel, place the “Tea Revives You” postcard (£0.60, paperchase.co.uk), inspired by the 1930s advertising slogan, in a Paperchase frame (£8).
Why have one clock, when you can have two? You’ll never lose track of time with Debenhams’s red square wall clock (£22.40) and large black Station clock (£36). If hanging art isn’t an option, go for the Kiss wall sticker from Next (£23, next.co.uk). It is a perfect match for Giles’s lips and it is ideal for renters because it can be removed without leaving a mark.
* All prices correct at time of publication