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  • Busola Evans’ Hotlist

    It comes as no surprise that, as the deputy editor of Livingetc, Busola Evans’ interiors taste is impeccable. Scroll through her inspiration-filled Instagram feed and you’ll be plotting a home makeover in no time; there is no one we know who can select a room-transforming rug or cheer-giving table linens quite like her. A walking Rolodex of the homeware brands to know about, Busola shares the pieces currently topping her wish list – get ready to take notes. 

    By Busola Evans

    “I have a lamp obsession and have been eyeing up this one because it’s a pleasing mix of modern and traditional. The leather stitching on the shade is a clever detail that elevates a simple piece. I am a big fan of Soho Home as it does very considered edits that are not bound by time or trends.”

    Cheskie

    Kapada Napkin£20

    “Like everyone, I have been eating out less over the past couple of years, so I’ve been keener to make everyday meals a little bit special, using lovely crockery, cutlery and, of course, napkins. This has been handwoven and hand-dyed, and the tassels give it a playful twist.”

    WE ARE NOMADS

    Moroccan Tamegroute Small Green Bowl£15

    “The imperfection of this bowl is precisely what makes it so perfect. It’s completely full of character and every piece is handmade, so it looks unique. Perfect for pre-dinner dips.”

    &Tradition

    Little Petra Sofa£4,283

    “This is a dream two-seater, which would be equally at home in a bedroom as in a living room. Based on the Danish designer Viggo Boesen’s original drawings from the 1930s, it is built by hand, and its high-quality materials will ensure it stands the test of time.”

    “This cushion comes with a nostalgic homespun feeling. It is full of character and a great way to introduce some pattern and colour to your scheme if you are on the tentative side.”

    Alfred Newall

    Bobbin Mirror£575

    “I’m a great fan of Alfred Newall’s work because he remains very faithful to traditional methods of furniture-making. So I love the fact he has created a modern twist on this mirror, which comes in a host of cheering colours.”

    Vanderohe Curio

    + NET SUSTAIN Tall Drinking Glass£120

    “This glass is designed to mimic the way light dances on water, and its pretty combination of pink and yellow is inspired by a fiery sunset. Even drinking a glass of tap water from this will instantly turn into a special moment.”

    “I adore this collection by The Shop Floor Project, which invited several artists to create a set of unique cups. Michaela Gall’s Face Cups are hand-thrown in her Kent studio and the beguiling artwork makes them standout pieces.”

    Trove

    Avalon Large Bedside Table – Celadon£1,200

    “This bedside table oozes understated elegance. I love the scalloped detail, the jewellery-like hardware and the fact you can get it in three very appealing colours.”

    WILKINSON & RIVERA

    Caned StoolPrice on request

    “Wilkinson & Rivera is a relatively new company based in east London which makes wonderful wooden furniture. This caned seat is instantly eye-catching and the sun shape adds an unexpected softness.”

    Martin Brudnizki

    Ruffle Rouge Rug£3,907

    “A collaboration between Martin Brudnizki and The Rug Company was always going to be special and this rug is the proof. It is crafted from hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk, and those red loops are exquisite.”

    Les Ottomans

    Hand-Printed Cotton Tablecloth£130

    “I’ve been a tablecloth convert since the pandemic – a pretty table covering, some candles and flowers can transport you elsewhere. This beautiful handprinted tablecloth was handwoven in India and would make even the most mundane meal look fabulous.”

    Serax

    X Ottolenghi Feast Stoneware Serving Plate£70

    “It’s never too soon to think about summer entertaining, and this serving plate is a contender for the star of the show. The artwork is so pretty that I’d be torn over whether to pile it up with food or hang it on my wall.”

    Eva Sonaike

    Ala Pouffe£349

    “Eva Sonaike’s collection of luxury African interiors pieces is always the perfect mood-booster because it is bursting with colour and pattern. This patterned pouffe is great for additional seating and feeds my current obsession with all things green.”

    Michael Ruh

    Roman Vase in Mandur II£400

    “Coloured glass is a big interiors trend this season, but this handmade vase is particularly special because it is as beautiful as it is decorative. It could easily stand alone as an eye-catching sculpture and I adore the jewelled tone.”

    Stephen Price

    Series 5 PaintingPrice on request

    “I discovered Stephen Price’s work on Instagram and I was instantly reeled in by his striking depictions of Black faces and bodies. I love his clever use of charcoal and acrylic, which produces a lovely textured finish.”

    Dar Leone

    Emerald and Pearl White Yoruba Glass Bead Chair £1,799

    “This chair is a traditional piece by the Yoruba people in Nigeria, West Africa, which is where I am originally from, so I feel very connected to it and the wonderful craftsmanship on display – all the stunning glass beads are painstakingly embroidered by hand.”



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