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Modern Mediterranean: A Summer-Ready Edit for the Home

A warm colour palette and rustic textural accessories make for an arresting and inviting home. Here, we choose five of the best pieces for a modern Mediterranean interior. 

A Mediterranean lifestyle is often feted as an antidote to the ills of Blighty. Rich, flavoursome food, good wine (in moderation) and a healthy dose of sunshine all contribute to a better quality of being. Increasingly, this lifting effect is being applied to the home, with a spot of contemporary Mediterranean design.

Taking inspiration from Moroccan rug-making, Spanish basketry and Cretan ceramics, the best examples of this trend balance tradition with modernity. Unglazed terracotta and tactile rattan are complimented by simple white walls, raw concrete and accents of Aegean blues and greens. Warm tones and textures work gloriously in summer, but also continue to shine in the golden light of autumnal evenings.

Here, we choose five of the best pieces inspired by Marrakech, Bilbao and beyond.

Leather In Clay

An authentic piece of Mediterranean design, Heal's Matera armchair is named for the southern Italian town in which it is built. Upholstered in rich terracotta leather, it's been given a soft, rounded shape with over-stuffed cushions and subtle pleat detailing, contrasted by the slim lacquered metal legs.

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Minimalist Basketry

Rattan can lend a bohemian air to otherwise minimal surroundings when woven into simplistic, organic forms such as this side table from Cox and Cox. For maximum effect, juxtapose with an angular arm chair and top with a large, leafy houseplant.

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Terrific Tassels

Blue and green textiles can be employed to break up the earthy colour palette, with Monae Sauvage's velvet cushion adding character with playful tassels and a tactile finish. 

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Modern Moroccan

A charming, one-off design inspired by traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, specifically that of the nomadic Beni Ourain tribe. Hand-knotted in plain, undyed wool, this is a hard-wearing rug that will weather beautifully over the years. 

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Ambient Terracotta

Expressive unglazed earthenware shapes combine to create this striking, contemporary lamp from London design studio Vitamin. The glazed interior disperses a gentle light, making this ideal for side tables or nightstands.