The wait is over. 2020 has arrived and all is settling back into place as you begin to read the first '5 items to drop this week' of the decade. We're glad to see you here, and we hope you’ll stick around as we continue our journey into the world's best design items, from footwear to jewellery and even sofas. This week we’ll be treated to Alex Orso's understated jewellery, Hem's Scandinavian interior design, Nordic Knots' characterful rugs, fine linen shirts from Flax London and the world's most luxurious slippers from Inabo.
It can be difficult for men to find suitable jewellery. In general, gents look for subtle accessories that won't dominate an outfit, but have enough character to add a new dimension. Luckily for all of us who fall into this group, Alex Orso exists. The London-based label creates understated men's jewellery packed with refined detailing, because it's the details that make the man. The Hexagon Cuff is cast in Sterling Silver and plated in rhodium. While the surface of the cuff boasts a brushed satin finish, the hexagon ends in a high polish. It’s detailing like this that makes Alex Orso the go-to source for jewellery for men.
Hem's signature self-confidence shines through with the Mare Kumo Modular Single Seater Sofa. It takes self-assurance to design something so simple with as much impact as this piece. Based on a single module, Kumo can be used as a one, two, three, four or more-seater sofa when grouped together. Not only is the cushion construction dreamily comfortable, the minimal steel frame combines with the upholstery to result in a bold statement piece for your living space.
Stockholm-based studio Nordic Knots pays homage to its hometown with the Archipelago Rug. An archipelago is a chain, cluster or collection of islands or something a sea containing a small number of scattered islands. This fragmented design is inspired by the bird's-eye view of the islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Made using 100% New Zealand wool, this luxury rug is as soft as they come.
Flax London is a new arrival to the OPUMO pages. The British label represents a love affair with linen, which is something that we can get behind. This ancient material is known not only for its breathability but also its extreme durability. Made from 100% Irish linen, the Signature Shirt is cut to a straight fit that falls effortlessly thanks to the heavy 8.5oz linen fabric. The heavier linen used to make this shirt ensures that it's not only good for summer; layer it over a T-shirt during winter for a cosier ensemble.
Another recent arrival to OPUMO, Inabo believes that slippers shouldn't sacrifice your well-curated style. Instead, you should be able to have cosiness and elegance. So, next time you're having a night in, overlook those Terry fleece monstrosities that you were given for Christmas in 2009 and opt for the luxurious nappa leather of Inabo's Slowfer. Each pair is handmade in a family-run factory in Portugal and made with premium leather and suede from Spain and Italy. This marks a new age for slippers.