I’ve spoken before about my love for Swoon Editions. They’re a fab start-up with strong ethics and I still adore the tribal inspired mango wood bedside tables in the spare room (see below). I often get asked about where I got them, and whilst they are no longer available, Swoon Editions has a number of other tribal inspired accent pieces to bring in a little tribal style. If you like them get in quick, as most are on the last chance list….
The coffee table
The Camargo coffee table is probably pushing it as an ‘accent piece’, it’s a tad more statement. But whatever you call it, it has tribal chic in droves and I rather love it. The trick to pulling off tribal style at home without becoming too cliche is to keep it balanced. A key piece or a few accents is plenty. Any more and you end up in themed territory. Not good. Well, unless you like that kind of thing. It’s not for me.
Also available in a side-table, the Camargo is sandblasted, waxed and made from elm. The edition is limited to 14 so no worries about spotting it everywhere you go – it will truly be a unique style statement. I think it would work wonderfully in a room with some bold prints (be that wallpaper or cushions) and a plain, but sumptuous velvet sofa. That way it says tribal hint rather than safari lodge.
The Storage Saviour
I love the tribal stylings of the Kalahari chest. Not only does it make a fantastic statement, it has a story behind its creation too. Swoon Editions’ artisans in Jodhpur, India, collaborated with neighbouring workshops in making the piece, utilising patterned screens to screen print, by hand, the detailing on the 12 drawers.
The Kalahari is hand carved in mango wood and then given a grey wash finish, resulting in a more chalky tone and final effect. As its on the last chance list, it is currently reduced to £445 and there are only five left. Five! So be quick….
The Statement Chair
So at the time of writing, there was only one of these gorgeous Milly chairs available in this traditional tribal print. I apologise in advance if it has since sold out, but I couldn’t not include it. The latest Designer Edition of the Milly chair is described superbly by Swoon Editions as “graphic, geometric and a little bit playful“. Designed by Jana Sandoval, in a collaboration with lifestyle brand Bococo, the chair is inspired by a traditional textile of the Bagobo tribe from the southern Philippines.
The print is called Kalachuchi, named after a fragrant Filipino flower. I love it. The pattern, the grey colourway, the shape of the chair itself! Simply stunning, and a total steal at £289. And know that if you buy the last one, there will only be 11 others out there as this edition was limited to 12 in total. Unless I buy it first of course…
The Finishing Touch
I do like a geometric print. There is something inherently tribal about it, isn’t there? So for my penultimate pick, I’ve opted for the Jamali quilt. In an otherwise neutral scheme, adding some bold prints is a great way to bring in interest and texture to a space. With its funky chevrons screen printed by hand, this is the perfect choice for snuggling under on a chilly night. Three left of these at a perfectly reasonable £109 – made by artisans in Rajasthan, India who specialise in upholstery.
A Bit on the Side
I couldn’t resist including this beautiful Filipo side table in my top five tribal picks on the last chance list. It is strikingly similar to the side tables I chose to go in my spare room, although the pattern is slightly different. Made in mango wood by artisans in Jaipur, the leaf motif gives these tables their striking appearance. They are also wonderfully versatile – use as side tables, stools or plant stands for an easy tribal accent. But hurry, there are only four of these beauties left at £115 – a mega bargain in my book!
Now the trick with getting tribal style right is to remember that less is usually more. Don’t go overboard with statement pieces, otherwise they stop being statement as the eye doesn’t know where to look. A few tribal finds alongside some more neutral furniture will ensure that your special pieces pop out and grab the attention they deserve. Luckily for you, Swoon Editions has a ton of the more neutral pieces too, so if tribal is not your thing, check out some of their gorgeous sofas and chairs in lovely fabrics and beautifully structured shapes.
Happy travels, and shopping