Anthropologie’s Spring 2020 Collection is Here, And It’s a Feast for the Eyes

published Jan 27, 2020
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If you’re anything like me, winter is generally a time for quiet, comfort, and looking inwards. It’s not the season for taking risks, or being loud, or overextending yourself. You can see winter’s personality everywhere in the home decor that’s popular during the season, from the soft materials to the muted colors to the emphasis on functionality and not necessarily style.

And then there’s Anthropologie. The brand’s Spring 2020 home collection just landed, and it’s a real slap in the face to winter sensibilities—in the very best way. Full of texture, oversaturated colors, and sustainable design techniques, it’s a collection that demands to be noticed, especially as we’re stuck in the generally gray dullness of January. It’s exactly what our eyes (and hearts) need at the moment: a reminder that although we might feel slow and quiet right now, spring is on its way to infuse the world with energy once again.

Texture

Soft, warm materials like velvet and wool tend to dominate winter collections, but Anthro’s spring upholsteries of choice are more textured (and exciting): chenille and boucle. Chenille is kind of like a tufted version of velvet, while boucle is characterized by tiny loops and curls. Both materials are a bit uncommon for furniture, but Anthro has added them to the roster of available materials for certain made-to-order furniture pieces. Examples include the statement-making Asymmetrical Serpentine Sofa (starts at $2,798) and the Claudia Swivel Chair featured above (starts at $1,198).

And it’s not just furniture that’s getting the fabric upgrades—Anthro is adding a few waffle weave decor pieces to their inventory as well. I’ve become a huge fan of waffle weave, which is characterized by a textured honeycomb pattern that adds dimension to otherwise basic home goods. The fabric is most often seen in blankets, pillows, and towels (which are typically more absorbent and lightweight than their cotton counterparts). Examples include a Woven Waffle Pillow ($68) and Woven Waffle Throw Blanket ($78).

Special Techniques

Another standout of the collection is the use of sustainable special techniques to create distinctive, unique designs and textures. For example, a number of the furniture pieces from the collection utilize flower-dye, or natural dyes pulled from flowers and plants. The resulting colors are vibrant and almost tactile in appearance. An example is the Flower-Dyed Velvet Pillow (starts at $58).

There are also a number of products made by hand-weaving recycled fabrics, also known as chindi. The sustainable practice comes from India and is most commonly used to make rugs, resulting in totally unique home products that are full of texture and different colors. The chairs featured above (named the Alaris Rug-Printed Armchair) is an example from the collection, and is being sold for $898.

Finally, several pieces from the collection are hand-carved from reclaimed materials. While this isn’t the first time Anthro has utilized this technique in their designs, the new products are still worth noting—especially the Cuna Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, which is made from fallen trees and costs $1,598.

Color

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Anthropologie collection if there wasn’t a healthy dose of color. The Spring 2020 pieces include a range of oversaturated and patterned designs that feel like being hit with cold water after months of neutrals. There are plenty of ways to incorporate these pieces in your home, whether you want to go all out with tons of color or just want one or two accent pieces to make a statement. Examples include the Claire Desjardins Brushstroke Tamsin Dining Chairs (pictured above), which cost $108 each, and the Lilah Quilt ($228 for Queen).