INTRO TO: AMY SOMERVILLE
Every now and then a contemporary piece of furniture comes along that blows my love for vintage out of the water. Amy Somerville's designs did just that. I stumbled across Amy's pieces with the help of the loveliness that is google. Looking for a 'green armchair' to perfectly encapsulate a rich jewel green of a mallard's head (yep you heard right) when creating a colour scheme inspired by the bird, I came across the image of her Minx Chair.
It's not often that a piece of furniture is absolutely perfect in every way, but this one was. Deep, plush green mohair, Brass banding and Black walnut legs. I could have cried it was so beautiful. Looking further, I realised that she was no one trick pony, and almost every other piece hit me in the same way. Fabulous lines, luxury materials, vivid colours and an understated elegance. A little nod to midcentury modern design and the luxury of Art Deco, Amy Somerville is everything I love about furniture under one house.
Shortly after my discovery, it was announced that Somerville's collection would now also part of the Harrods Studio.
I was intrigued to learn a little more about the lady herself, so set about researching.
Amy quotes her influences as being furniture designers of the 20th century combined with Japanese Edo period metalwork. All of the pieces are individually crafted in Britain, made to order and hand finished using luxurious, durable and natural materials. Amy's also paving the way for women with successful businesses that fit around their personal lives, saying “I’m back for the 3pm pick-up, and can work from my home office while the children hang out in the kitchen.” when interviewed by Junior magazine.
A woman with great style and a fantastic business who isn't afraid to demand that her career fits around her family. Now that's a girl after my own heart.