DECO loves a good collaboration, so when we saw Aussie homeware designer Mark Tuckey was charged with bringing homeware to Cotton On, we had to take a look. Full of chunky knits, hand-stitching, natural linens and wood, it’s a vibrant, colourful take on winter style.
There are not many things that will drag the DECO team from a winter slumber on a cold and rainy early Cape Town morning, but breakfast with the team at Cotton On is one of them – especially when there’s a new range in town. Down at the V&A Waterfront store, something exciting was brewing – the brand’s launch of their inaugural homeware range with Australian brand Mark Tuckey.
For those not familiar with Mark Tuckey, he’s a furniture designer-turned-lifestyle brand, now under the creative direction of his wife Louella. A quick nose around their idyllic beach house home in Sydney tells you all you need to know about their aesthetic – natural fibres, solid wood, calming creams with bursts of colour inspired by beachy hues; sunshine yellow, peachy coral and a vivid turquoise blue.
So it’s not surprising that the first drop of the #MarkTuckeyCottonOn collection followed suit. As we browsed the collection’s curated zones – consciously divided into Eat, Drink, Store, Relax, Bathe & Sleep – and watched the introductory film presented by Marketing Manager Jeff Clements, we were sold on the fresh, appealing Aussie lifestyle.
It’s a bespoke homewares collection that makes modern and effortless design accessible and fun for everyone, in an authentic and quintessential Australian style.
Louella was, according to Jeff, instrumental throughout the creative process, flying in every week for meetings with the design and product development team at Cotton On. Working closely with Product Developer Karen Borg on the colourways and fabrication, the Mark Tuckey + Cotton On team worked hard to produce a range that is competitively priced and offers the quality that fans of both brands have come to expect. Louella said:
We are so excited about the opportunity to work with Cotton On to design a relaxed and fun collection that will allow us to introduce the Mark Tuckey brand to people all over the world.
Browsing the collection with obligatory morning coffee and lemon poppy seed muffin in-hand (thanks Cotton On), we were encouraged by the fresh approach to winter style. This is a transitional collection – one that contains all the snugly woollen textures you look for to cosy up in winter, but displays an explosion of colour in vibrant hues that will brighten your room’s palette to prepare for spring.
Some of our favourite finds were oversized blankets aching to be thrown over our sofa for cosy winter evenings, a solid timber bowl for the centrepiece of our dining table and linen bedsheets in a beautiful cumin tone that we knew at first sight our Editor would adore. Already on the case for pulling selected pieces for our ‘Get the Look’ features in an upcoming issue, here are a few of our top Mark Tuckey collectibles from the launch.
A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITES…
WOODEN TIMBER BOWL | R799
SHEETS SET IN CUMIN YELLOW | R1 499 (queen) / R1 699 (king)
STRIPED COZY BLANKET | R1 199
TEXTURED BEAN BAG COVER IN CHARCOAL | PRICE TBC
MUG 2PK SET IN OCEAN BLUE | R179
This is a transitional collection – one that contains all the snugly woollen textures you look for to cosy up in winter, but displays an explosion of colour in vibrant hues that will brighten your room’s palette to prepare for spring.
DELIGHT IN THE DETAIL…
At the Waterfront launch, DECO took a closer look at the colours, textures and fabrics on show.
The Mark Tuckey + Cotton On range is only available at selected South African Cotton On stores – shop it at Canal Walk, Cavendish and the V&A Waterfront or Eastgate, Gateway, Sandton, Pavilion, Cresta, Clearwater, Brooklyn and Rosebank. This is only the first product drop – with more to come later in the season.
You can browse the collection at Cotton On’s Australian online store here but can only purchase in-store in South Africa – for the moment: an online store is in the works, due to launch in the next 10-12 months (you heard it here first!).