It’s not well known that among the ever-changing ranges in Ralph Lauren’s inventive interiors division is the charming RLH (Ralph Lauren Home) furniture collection. Here there are no slick urban pieces for the loft-living set but timeless designs that, according to Lauren, “pay homage to distinctive American and European antiques” and slip easily and beautifully into country and holiday homes in particular.
There is, for instance, a distressed painted-pine jelly cupboard (that’s a dresser to us, £3,400), which looks for all the world as if it has been retrieved from a rather special attic. Other pieces with the same charm include a server (or sideboard, £2,950) and a comptoir dauphin (£4,475), inspired by a 19th-century bistro counter.
There’s a perfect version of a leather club chair (£3,925) – the kind we all dream of stumbling across in a dusty French brocante. There’s also a fine walnut trestle desk (£2,925), an oversized (79cm x 250cm x 201cm) William & Mary gateleg pine table (£4,475) and the Hepplewhite wing chair (£3,250) with a walnut frame and faded indigo upholstery. New this season is the option of combining a selection of leather sofas and chairs with southwestern-style textiles (Louis XIII fauteuil, £2,025, pictured) inspired by Lauren’s Colorado ranch, as well as vintage velvets and pebbled linens.