The days drift, one into another, bereft of company and isolated with no light at the end of the loneliness. Or you know, a good opportunity to finally finish Netflix. To each their own. But just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you should be taking interior design tips from solitary confinement and tallying the wall with a spoon.
Given that this might not be the last time Covid-19 rears its ugly head, think of it as a chance to create a space in which you could spend four months out of the year sequestered and safe from the outside world. Those stark white walls closing in aren’t a prison; they’re an opportunity.
Curate your ideal isolation pad and next time the government mandates you stay at home, you can do your patriotic duty with a smile on your face and the knowledge that this is a storm you can ride out in style. Preferably with a glass of wine and a binge-worthy show to get stuck into.
Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED TV, £5,999
This 65-inch number should be more than enough for most, given that the infinity screen goes right to the edges (99 per cent of the frontage is pixels) for a larger, uninterrupted picture. Throw in the blackest of blacks and machine learning to upscale non-8K media, the Q950TS will have you glued to the screen, finally for good reason.
Available at Samsung.
Warwick Acoustics Aperio Headphone System, £19,995
This isn’t your average pair of headphones; in fact, it’s as far from average as sound quality can get. Using planar electrostatic technology, these are state-of-the-art and come complete with their very own amp to maximise audio quality and clarity. They’re also incredibly comfortable, an often-understated necessity for long term listening, whether it’s streaming through your favourite playlists, raiding your old vinyl collection, or enjoying a film. There’s no other headphone quite like it.
Available at Warwick Acoustics.
Bo Concept Indivi Sofa, £3,918
This minimal corner sofa is as understated as it is comfortable, perfect for lounging day in, day out. The soft, neutral grey creates a relaxed feel and stops the large, modular corner set-up dominating the room too much. You can switch the steel legs out for wood to enhance the Scandi vibe, but stick to the grey over white. This is the centre of the home and sod’s law dictates that a white sofa won’t remain so for long.
Available at Bo Concept.
Jonathan Purday, Meditation in Red 2015, £750
Balance all the modern minimalism and Scandinavian-inspired neutrality with a pop of colour via this striking print from perspective-shifting contemporary artist Jonathan Purday. Part of the aptly-named Canopy Memories series, this flash of pink and red foliage against a blue sky brings a slice of the outdoors in. There’s also the chance that, once isolation lifts, this piece could be worth a little bit more than when it started. That’s always a positive.
Available at Eye Storm.
Nourison Twilight Rug, from £899
As the prophetic Dude once said, a rug really ties the room together. That’s never been more true than in this floor covering come abstract art piece from Nourison. Balance the comfort of neutral ivory colour and a sumptuous wool blend with a twisting blue shape like ink dropped in water. It’s impactful but not domineering and comes in a variety of sizes to suit most room sizes. Pair with neutral furniture and some colourful contemporary art and you’re all set.
Available at Nourison.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage, £1,900
Sleek and minimal, B&O’s latest soundbar hits well above its weight class in the sound stakes. It’s not quite the same as having a whole five-channel surround-sound system, but if you want to balance space with power then this is the one for you. The eleven-driver set-up includes four woofers, eliminating the need for a separate sub, all wrapped up in a Scandi-inspired design.
Available at Bang & Olufsen.
Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven, £249
What it lacks in stature this diminutive pizza oven more than makes up for in flavour. Hitting a whopping 500 degrees Celsius (hence it needing to be outdoors) it takes just 60 seconds for the Koda to ready some stone-baked deliciousness to rival your favourite, now shut-down pizzeria. Best of all, it’s small enough to fit in any outdoor space you can find – patio, balcony, overlarge windowsill, where there’s a will (for pizza) there’s a way.
Available at Ooni.
Barisieur Coffee Alarm Clock, £399
Forget your usual chrome-clad coffee machines; this stripped-down hipster’s dream of a coffee maker distils the process to the alchemy it so very much is. This construction of scientific beakers and wood both boils water and keeps milk cool and, thanks to a timer, will have your rocket fuel of choice ready first thing in the morning. Hell, the Barisieur doubles as an alarm clock, meaning you can even more it to the bedroom if a single step without caffeine is an issue.
Available at Joy Resolve.
Spiral Cellars, from £18,800
The name says it all. This space-saving masterpiece is essentially a spiral staircase set right into your foundations and lined with all of your finest wines. The underground setting keeps things cool and it’s one hell of a statement if someone breaks isolation to come over for a glass or two. Each is custom built to your own specs. Wine, unfortunately, not included.
Available at Spiral Cellars.
XL Boom Pico Wine Rack, £130
This colourful bent-iron tower of hexagons is a bright yet simple way to store your wine. It starts with room for 15 bottles but can be stacked up to cover an entire wall or dotted about like a wine-loving design feature. You can even colour-code your bottles if you’re so inclined. Cool, contemporary and fun, likely the opposite of whatever rare vintages you happen to be hoarding.
Available at XL Boom.
Mauviel M’150 Copper Sixpiece Cookware Set, £1,555
A flash of copper cookware is what any kitchen needs for a refresh and, if that’s the route you want to head down, you might as well go for the best. Mauviel is in the finest tradition of French haute cuisine and this six-piece set has all the pots and pans you need to flex your culinary skills. The high-performance, easy-to-use set is worth investing in, even if you decide to order in.
Available at Mauviel.
Nappa Dori Artisanal Bar Tool Set, £120
A poor workman blames his tools, but it’s hard to be a cocktail maestro without a decent jigger. With this five-piece brass set it’ll definitely be your mixology at fault if an Old Fashioned goes awry. Presented in a black leather case, each meticulously crafted item has its place. Granted it looks a little like a dentist’s kit (at least in our nightmares) but that adds just the pop of ceremony a good cocktail needs.
Available at Nappa Dori.
NoHrD SprintBok, from £5,295
From overly complex dumbbells to a stripped back treadmill, NOHrD’s SprintBok doesn’t even need to be plugged in. The curved manual treadmill not only looks lovely with its natural wood finish, but it burns 30 per cent more calories than a powered version and its only restriction is how fast you yourself can run – self-deterministic exercise at its finest. Personally we love the Walnut finish, though it is a little pricier at £6,095.
More at NoHrD.
Tangram Smart Rope, £80
Probably the best value-for-money, space-saving piece of gym paraphernalia you could buy is a skipping rope. All you need is space to hop up and down and you can get your cardio on. This though is not your average piece of rope; not only does it track your fitness data, but it displays it in mid-air via LED lights along its length. You’ll never lose track of your number of jumps again.
Available at Tangram Factory.
TechnoGym MyCycling Indoor Trainer, £1,590
Don’t leave your bike shoved away in a shed while you remain stuck in the house; just take off the back wheel, pop it on Technogym’s latest indoor cycling gadget and put it through its paces once again. Link the trainer to the app and it’ll do the same to you with certified coaches to help push your progress, even if you’re not actually hitting the road.
Available at Technogym.
Hock Design Loft Dumbbell Set, £5,995
Not all dumbbells are born equal, and we don’t just mean in weight. This insanely cool, minimalist set from HOCK Design is as much an interior designs statement as it is a workout necessity. Lustrous walnut, curved, mushroom-shaped chrome weights and a free-standing vertical rack, this is the set for anyone that wants to sweat in style. The set is comprised of two- to six-kilogram weights, so suitable for most work-outs.
Available at Hock Design.
LuxDeco Aspen Tall Mirror, £1,500
Every gym needs a mirror but, in lieu of a studio-style reflective wall, this massive 220cm tall number does nicely. Inspired by alpine chalets, it’s more homely and comfortable than most gyms but makes for a nice contrast with the otherwise technical machines a solid workout necessitates, perfect for dominating and visually extending an otherwise sparse, functional space.
Available at LuxDeco.
1Rebel Online Workouts, £15.99 / month
Even before lockdown getting to your gym class was a pain, one that smelled of sweat and judgement. Now the fitness freaks at 1Rebel are offering an impressive series of regularly updated virtual classes you can do from the discomfort of your own home. It includes the signature Reshape and Rumble workouts, as well as over 130 other sessions. Best of all, nobody can see you sweat.
Available at 1Rebel.
Wolf 1834 Baron 24-piece Cabinet Windere, £18,999
This magnificent cabinet can’t help but be the centre of any collection. With room for 24 timepieces, it can hold all – or at least a good portion of – your collection, displayed, wound and ready to be worn. With its Bluetooth connection and host of different settings (number of rotations, rotation direction and start delay to name a few) you can even customise it to your collection. It’s a showstopper, and a useful one at that.
Available at Wolf 1834.
Rapport London Formula Wireless Charging Tray, £250
When you’re working on your watches and need somewhere to put your necessities – or just need to keep your work phone topped up – this elegant watch box from Rapport London is the ideal desk companion. As well as space for your daily-wear watch, rings and whatever else might scratch precious metal while changing a strap, it also has a wireless charger. Dressed in Macassar ebony, it’s as handsome as it is practical.
Available at Rapport London.
Vista Alegre Atlas Whiskey Decanter, £170
A twist on the cliché drinking glove, this decanter from Portuguese specialist Vista Alegre takes the tried-and-true, globetrotting appeal of an atlas with a traditional whiskey decanter. The golden map is hand-applied to the fine crystal, leaving plenty of space between the lines of latitude and longitude to let through the richer gold of your vintage of choice.
Available at Vista Alegre.
Dom Edizioni Matthieu Writing Desk, £7,920
Any office needs a desk worthy of a CEO, even if that CEO isn’t allowed out the front door. This made-to-order masterpiece from Dom Edizioni combines strong, modern lines with plenty of brass highlights and glossy Macassar ebony. It’s commanding, edgy and incredibly luxurious, the perfect centrepiece for a space that means business.
Available at Dom Edizioni.