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Euro Vision: Add a continental touch to your interiors with these fabulous homewares

PUBLISHED: 15:21 22 May 2015

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In honour of the Eurovision Song Contest, here's our round-up of the best homewares from around Europe.

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Europe doesn’t only excel at on-stage pyrotechnics and bombastic pop music. The continent also has a rich and diverse design heritage with a huge range of producers both small scale and huge working with traditional, regional influences, or eschewing them in favour of the ultra-modern.

We’ve picked out some of the best, all of which are either stocked in north London or are available online.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Wool Fabrique

Wool Fabrique basketsWool Fabrique baskets

Former fashion stylist and film set decorator Maya Bekto runs Wool Fabrique from her home in Sarajevo. All of the rugs, cushions, baskets, bags and blankets she designs are woven by hand in pure wool by Bosnian women using traditional Balkan techniques.

Bekto also runs Sarajevo’s most stylish B and B, Secret Rooms Sarajevo.

Prices vary. Available from woolfabrique.com

DENMARK

Normann Copenhagen

Bau lamp, Normann CopenhagenBau lamp, Normann Copenhagen

Danish design company Normann Copenhagen’s Bau lamp is made from basswood discs, which slot together in a geometric design. Available in natural wood or multicoloured, the hanging lamp is reminiscent of mid-century atomic furniture updated for the 21st century.

From £162. Available from normann-copenhagen.com

FRANCE

Double Merrick

Kastehelmi bowls from IitaalaKastehelmi bowls from Iitaala

Based in a crumbling, vine-covered studio near Limoges, Double Merrick creates prints inspired by vintage French ephemera. The Atomique print is part of the brand’s ‘good science’ series, inspired by the era of 20th century scientific optimism.

£45. Available from uniqueandunity.co.uk

FINLAND

Iitaala

Atomique A3 Giclée Print by Double MerrickAtomique A3 Giclée Print by Double Merrick

Originally designed in 1964, the Kastehelmi range of glassware designed for Finnish homewares brand Iitaala was reissued in 2010 to celebrate legendary glass designer Oiva Toikka’s 50th anniversary.

The distinctive glass droplet decoration seen on these serving bowls was devised as a way of covering the joint marks left on the surface of pressed glass pieces by the production process.

£21. Available from Skandium

GERMANY

Kolor

Kolor shelfKolor shelf

This neon yellow Z-shaped shelf is designed to make sure that items rest securely in place. Made in folded steel, the shelf is designed and made in Germany.

£45. Available from uniqueandunity.co.uk

ITALY

Bitossi Home

Bitossi Home, Red oven dishBitossi Home, Red oven dish

With such vibrant produce readily available Italians don’t need to add any colour to their cookware. Luckily for Londoners, living in the land of the lacklustre tomato, the ceramic specialists have created this zinging red oven dish inspired by the brand’s Tuscan heritage for those grey months when cabbage is the only thing in season.

£21. Available from uniqueandunity.co.uk

PORTUGAL

Boca do Lobo

Crochet night stand Boca do LoboCrochet night stand Boca do Lobo

Designed and hand crafted in Portugal, this Crochet nightstand was inspired by the artisanal technique which was popular in Europe during the 19th century. Resembling a Versailles fancy with its swirling gold pattern, there are also practical drawers for keeping essential night time items.

£6.446. Available from Boca do Lobo

SPAIN

Zuzunaga

Dreams cabinet by Christian Zuzunaga with BD DesignsDreams cabinet by Christian Zuzunaga with BD Designs

Half Peruvian half Catalan Cristian Zuzunaga incorporates his background in biology and graphic design in his interiors pieces, which he designs from his Barcelona base. This Dreams cabinet, a collaboration with BD Barcelona Design, incorporates Zuzunaga’s signature motif, the pixel, in both a multicoloured and monochrome colourway.

£4,199. Available from Chaplins

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