H&M x Rabanne: latest high street designer interiors collaboration will send you back to the future

Items for lounging and entertaining from the new H&M x Rabanne collaboration (Supplied)
Items for lounging and entertaining from the new H&M x Rabanne collaboration (Supplied)

An online search for Paco Rabanne’s retrofuturistic Seventies interiors throws up various items on the luxury vintage furniture retailer 1stDibs, among them one of the brand’s iconic silver space curtain costing just shy of £5,000.

As of this week, however, you could secure a dupe – albeit one made from polyester rather than aluminium – for £149.99 as part of the latest in H&M’s covetable designer collaborations.

Launching on Thursday, 9 November in store and online, the collab between Parisian fashion house Rabanne and the Swedish high street giant follows Home link ups with interiors giants including Jonahtan Adler, India Mahdavi and Pantone, as well as fashion legend Diane von Furstenburg and Berlin jewellery designer uncommon matters.

It is the brand’s first simultaneous interiors and fashion offering after a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 set the precedent for hotly anticipated, sellout limited edition ranges, followed by rages with luminaries including Comme de Garcons, Versace and Martin Margiela.

Curtain (£149.99) and lamp (£199.99) from H&M (Supplied)
Curtain (£149.99) and lamp (£199.99) from H&M (Supplied)

The Rabanne interiors range is laden with sexy Seventies bachelor glamour, with pieces for lounging and entertaining, including monogrammed bathrobes (£99.99), towels (£34.99), slippers (29.99) and turbans (£14.99) alongside metal dice (£19.99) and playing cards (£24.99), and a sequinned disc table lamp (£199.99).

Graphic mid-century style soft furnishings complement the stainless steel hardware with a turquoise, black and white diamond patterned wool rug for £299.99 and matching cushion (£29.99) and blanket (£79.99).

“While this was my first experience designing homeware and objects, our founder Paco Rabanne designed some emblematic metallic furniture in the 1970s, so this interiors collection felt like an authentic extension for the house,” said Julien Dossena, Creative Director of Rabanne.

“I wanted to embellish the lifestyle element of the ready-to-wear collection to incorporate home décor items that complemented the luxurious mood of enjoyment. There’s a fantastic silver lamp, for instance, that shimmers like the paillette party dresses, offering an innovative take on a Rabanne icon.”

Basque-born designer Paco Rabanne was one of the figures who defined the futuristic look of the Sixties when he launched his fashion house in 1966, with iconoclastic space-age designs constructed from unconventional materials, including metal and plastic.

He created the iconic costumes for Barbarella as well as outfits for French ye-ye singer Francoise Hardy.