New Year, New Home: Design Products to Renew and Refresh in 2021

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With a new year in the mix and feeling of renewal in the air, we look at ways to rejuvenate the home for the year ahead.

There’s nothing like the calendar ticking over to a new year to take stock, refresh and create a clean slate. With this in mind, we round-up a curated selection of the best furniture, materials and lighting to make your home the backdrop for a fulfilling year.

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Fill your home with furniture

A design icon in its own right, the Series 7 dining chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, has undergone its own revival with a suite of new colour options. We particularly love the dusty pink, deep green and burnt orange. Available at Cult.

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Bringing a sophisticated leisurely touch to your home, the new Five to Nine day bed by Tacchini features playful rolls through its cylindrical forms. Designed by Italian darlings Studiopepe, there is an undeniable quirk to this day bed. Available at StylecraftHOME.


Part and parcel with a refresh is finding storage. For a statement piece, the Bastone Sideboard for Poiat Studio is truly special. Delicate timber dowels create a partly open texture, allowing glimpses of the items inside to show through. Available at Great Dane Furniture.


Elevated elegance that can create the perfect spot to curl up with a book, or simply relax, the Gentleman Armchair, part of the Gentleman Collection, has been designed by Marcel Wanders for Poliform. And it would make for a sophisticated addition to the home, putting comfort front and centre. Available at Poliform Australia.


Bring some greenery and freshness into your home (or outdoor space) with the Drum Planter by Tait. Clean lines and striking colourways make the plants pop, while its design makes it easy to use with built-in drainage. Available at Tait.


If you want to go all-out, the Monument Shelves by La Chance are a dramatic statement. Combining marble and wood, these shelves stand strong and proud. The custom nature of the piece allows a mix of marbles to be used, to be truly unique. Available at Living Edge.


If more storage is what you need, Frame by Kett offers an organisational system that seamlessly integrates technology and storage for a complete furniture set-up. Designed and made in Australia, with customisable elements, it will have all the clutter cleared away for a fresh year ahead. Available at Cosh Living.


As our work lives were upended in 2020, many are still working from home, at least a few days a week. A new desk that is both functional and beautiful, is perfect for the new world we find ourselves in. The Cocoon Desk by Cattelan Italia comes in a range of luxurious finishes including natural stone, leather and ceramic. Compact in shape, it can easily fit into small spaces such as apartments.


Renowned for its classics, B&B Italia has released a range of new pieces, including the Cutter Dining Chair, designed by Mario Bellini. Classic with a twist, the backrest features a slash in the leather, adding a touch of drama. Available at Space Furniture.


Up the ante with new appliances

If you’re not up for a full refurb of the kitchen but are still looking for something to add, explore Wine Fridges by Sub-Zero. They make an easier addition to the kitchen, while being no less practical.


Another appliance that can be added to the kitchen without a full redesign, is a Combi-Steam Oven, and V-ZUG’s is world-class. An unsung hero of the kitchen, a Combi-Steam Oven can transform the way you cook and eat – saving time, reducing food waste and allowing for versatility in the way you make meals.


Your wine needs to be stored, protected, showcased and prepared for enjoyment. Designed to complement the living space, not only as a functional kitchen appliance but as a product designed to blend in with the very architecture of the home. Enhance the prestige of your kitchen with the 400 series wine climate cabinet by Gaggenau.


A fitting refresh with fixtures and fittings

What better way to set off the year with a healthy start than fitting a Zip HydroTap All-In-One. Have instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water, which will encourage a healthier way to drink throughout the day. And you can match it to your existing fittings with 12 finishes available via Zip.


Known the world over for its extraordinary bathroom products, Gessi has released the Rilievo Bathroom Collection, designed with elegance. Focusing on wellbeing and harmony, make your bathroom space a place to relax and unwind. Available at Abey.


Making your bathroom an everyday oasis, the Luna Bathroom Collection from Caroma offers durability and reliability, but more importantly high-end design. Featuring a range of colours and finishes, you can update your bathroom for the ultimate sanctuary.



If drama and creativity is your language, the O24 free-standing sink is an incredible piece of design that will completely transform your bathroom. Made with 24 segments of marble, and glued together with a contrasting resin, O24 is designed by Gumdesign for Antonio Lupi. A bold, adventurous statement for your bathroom.


The finishing touches

Rather than a full overhaul, a new kitchen bench or splashback is one way to completely enliven a space. Silestone Loft by Cosentino is the latest in the Spanish brand’s high-performance surfaces. The Loft Collection has been inspired by the conversion of warehouses and loft spaces in famous cities the world over. Bringing a more sophisticated industrial aesthetic, bring a concrete-style finish into your interior.


To really elevate a space with a luxurious finish, CDK Stone’s Lorde White is a breathtaking marble. Light and pure with natural swirls of green, beige, grey and white, Lorde White is a minimalist’s dream finish. Available at CDK Stone.


A new addition to the Laminex line-up is PureGrain, which is a textured surface featuring subtle graining just like a timber. Add a touch of organic detailing to your cabinets. PureGrain uses advanced technology to create a high-performance product that combines the realism of a woodgrain texture.