Tennis Superstar Maria Sharapova Ventures Into Furniture Design

In her first foray into the arena of furniture design, Maria Sharapova—tennis star, entrepreneur, aficionado of art and architecture—reaffirms the maxim that less is more. Her collection for Vancouver-based Rove Concepts gathers strength from elegantly distilled forms, refined details, neutral colors, and a marked emphasis on versatility and function. “I wanted to make sure that all the pieces work as extensions of people’s lives—pieces that complement the things they already live with,” says Sharapova, who honed her design bona fides during her travels across the globe as well as the process of crafting her own home in Los Angeles (AD, July/August 2019). “It was important that the collection look and feel as beautiful today as it will in five or ten years.”

Maria Rug.

Maria Rug.

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Maria Sofa from The Maria Sharapova Collection for Rove Concepts.

Maria Sofa from The Maria Sharapova Collection for Rove Concepts.

Maria Side Table.

The initial offering encompasses a mix of multifunctional essentials—a sofa deep enough

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As Ikea experiences delivery delays, these are the best furniture brands to shop with instead

Update your homeware with large pieces or small accessories from one of these top sites (H&M Home)
Update your homeware with large pieces or small accessories from one of these top sites (H&M Home)

Months of lockdown and living under a tiered system has seen a shift in focus to the home, with many of us looking to improve or refresh our immediate surroundings.

Makeshift home offices have been created, luxury bedding is getting some newfound attention, and even our bookshelves and wall coverings are up for online scrutiny these days.

While it’d be easy to point to Ikea for all your flat-packed furniture needs, the Swedish retailer is currently experiencing delivery delays due to the strain of Brexit stockpiling, the Christmas rush and following the surge in demand following the national lockdown lifting, as reported by The Independent.

It’s only right, then, that we should shine a spotlight on some of our best loved furniture and homeware brands still delivering during the crisis.

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How mobile app ‘Design Home’ is selling furniture through a video game

Shopping for home decor just got an upgrade with a mobile video game that lets players buy furniture and decor within its e-commerce store.

The popular design-oriented video game, “Design Home,” recently introduced an in-game e-commerce channel that allows players to buy home accessories from the virtual spaces they fashion. At a time when people are more absorbed in their surroundings and home design, induced by the pandemic-driven at-home lifestyle, the app’s intersection of video games and interior design brands is turning more players into consumers.

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“The game at its core is about living the life of an interior designer, and our intent is really to blur these lines

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