August's Most Eye-Catching Product Launches and Collabs

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 Courtesy of Anthropologie

Even a global pandemic can't bring good design to a complete halt. With fall just around the corner, there are plenty of new product launches to get excited about to revamp your space.

You'll find no shortage of color, prints and even, unexpected materials to bring into your home. Take a first look at Christiane Lemieux's new namesake collection Lemieux et Cie that launched at Anthropologie. Then fall in love with Brooklinen's new throw quilts—a self-admitted departure from their minimalistic design ethos— that helped employ artisans during India's pandemic shutdown.

Below, check out some of the partnerships and new product launches that we're most excited about this month.

Buffy Soft Hemp Sheets

Buffy—the DTC brand behind those oh-so comfy eucalyptus sheets and the iconic Cloud Comforter—continues its mission to create airy, extremely soft, better-for-the-environment bedding with the intro of their new hemp collection.

The new launch includes hemp sheets and duvet covers that are made entirely from hemp fibers that are breathable, cooling, and only get softer with each wash. It has a similar feel to flax linen, but it's much more earth-friendly, as hemp improves soil over time while flax depletes it. For the eco-conscious, hemp also uses fewer chemicals and less land than cotton; it also absorbs five-times more CO2 from the air than trees. The linens are also compostable, though they won't break down until you're ready to let them go.

The sheets and duvet covers are available in sizes full through California king and in shades of natural and white. Prices range from $249 to $279 for sheets and $199 to $229 for the duvet.

The House of Scalamandre Zebras Organic Duvet Cover & Shams

The Williams Sonoma Home textile team redesigned some of Scalamandre’s most iconic prints and patterns to create a capsule collection of new pillows and bedding. The included prints—cheetahs, Siberian tigers, and zebras—are just as bold as you'd expect. Prices range from $79.99 for shams to $299.99 for duvet covers and $399.99 for decorative pillow covers.

The Zebra bedding collection—one of our personal favorites—is made of premium organic percale cotton and showcases an original 1945 design created by Flora Scalamandre. The pattern features bounding zebras, streaming arrows, and a zebra stripe border.

Lemieux et Cie Laurent Spindle Chair

Interior design expert Christiane Lemieux (and founder of DwellStudio and The Inside) just launched her new namesake brand Lemieux et Cie at Anthropologie. The first collection, Artisinal Modernism, includes a mix of raw materials, sun-bleached accents, dry finishes, neutrals, and antique metals along with purposely distressed leather and hand-applied finishes.

For this collection, Lemieux was particularly influenced by European artists' 20th-century ateliers, including Jean Arp and Brancusi, along with 18th- and 19th-century touchstone historical classics such as the Thonet and Windsor chairs.

The upscale collection has more than 70 pieces, including rugs, furniture, decor, lighting, and wallpaper ranging in price from $49 to $3,998. The Lemieux et Cie Laurent Spindle Chair ($1,998) features a wooden spindled back and leather seat that offers timeless, statement-making appeal.

Brooklinen Anchal Decorative Pillow + Throw

Brooklinen launched a special artisan collaboration with Anchal Project, a sister-run nonprofit that partners with women artisans in India to create beautiful textiles while offering empowered employment. This collaboration is especially meaningful as the artisans were able to work on the textiles from home during India's nationwide lockdown.

The limited-edition collection, which includes a reversible cotton throw blanket and a decorative pillow, is noted as a departure from Brooklinen’s minimalist styling. Instead, pieces from the Anchal Project takes a bolder approach to design with the use of traditional Kantha stitching techniques, modern geometric shapes, and cool cream, tan, and blue hues. The reversible quilted throw also features the name of the artisan who stitched it. The items are sold individually or as a bundle for $288.

Apt2B: APT 2B The Wanderlust Collection

While we're certainly not traveling as much as we'd like to this year, that's just all the more reason to add an element of vacation-inspired surprise to our space.

Apt2B challenged itself to fill our travel void with the launch of four bold, limited-editions sofas—known as The Wanderlust Collection—that follow the themes of typical vacation destinations like the desert, beach, lake, and city,

We're particularly fond of the Beach Life Sofa, which is the customer-favorite Delilah upholstered in a limited-edition banana leaf print velvet with blush velvet contrast piping. Just hand us a daiquiri and we'll imagine our toes are in the sand.

The Wanderlust Collection is available to be ordered through August 31st and prices range from $2,598 to $2,798. Production time is expected to take 12 to 18 weeks.

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