Travel-inspired interiors: take your home around the world in 20 beautiful buys

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Why should wanderlust be restricted to pictures of beautiful beaches?

Apply your travel cravings to interiors and you can spin around the world without ever leaving your sofa. has picked 20 travel-inspired buys to give your home an international vibe.

Whether you fancy serious furniture shopping or simply some inspiration for your homeware wish list, have a browse through our gallery below – no passport required.

  • Bowl Side Table

    Handmade by fair-trade suppliers in Jaipur, India, this mango-wood side table takes its shape from traditional kneading bowls found across the south of India.


  • Shorebird Dot Candleholder

    Stockholm's Bengt & Lotta are behind this simple, yet striking candleholder depicting a Swedish shorebird.


  • Easy Chair Walnut

    Young Brazilian designer Jader Almeida’s walnut chair is solid, oiled walnut and made by hand in Brazil.


  • Kurosuishou Japanese Ramen Bowl

    Ramen just tastes better from a proper Japanese ceramic ramen bowl.


  • Pulcina Espresso Coffee Maker

    Pulcina (‘chick’ in Italian – we'll give you three guesses) by Alessi and Illy is uniquely designed to automatically stop filtering at exactly the right point, before the spluttering ‘eruption’ phase that can result in a bitter aftertaste. And it looks gorgeous.

    £59 (six-cup version)

  • Stig Lindberg Porcelain Bowls

    Lindberg was a much-loved illustrator of 20th century Sweden. These designs, used with permission from the Lindberg family, are from the 1959 children’s book Daniel Doppsko.


  • Backgammon Cushion

    The geometric design of this cushion from The French House is inspired by a piece of French ceramic from the 1930s.


  • Cucù Clock

    For a touch of Black Forest style, this Diamantini & Domeniconi metal clock is a modern take on the traditional cuckoo clock.


  • Light-Up Globe

    Why restrict your wanderlust to just one country?


  • Enamel Persian Bowl

    This blue decorative bowl is hand-painted and based on the design of a mosque ceiling.


  • Paddle Vodka Set

    This vodka set by LSA International is inspired by mountain bars in the alpine region of Tyrol, where shots of home-brewed schnapps are offered on specially-crafted wooden trays.


  • Lean 2 Chair

    Addinterior focuses on modern Danish design, and this two-seater chair is a perfect example of its clean and functional aesthetic.


  • Old School Lamp

    The French House's Old School Lights are recreations of those seen in the schoolhouse in French film Les Choristes and made using an original mould from 1958.


  • Serengeti Rug

    Plantation's natural-wool kilim rug is available in several colours and inspired by African culture.

    From £40,

  • Oak Round Platter

    Old Wine Barrel's oak platters are made from (you guessed it) genuine French wine barrels.


  • Enamel Kettle

    While this kettle is a collaboration between two British companies (Mini Moderns and Wild & Wolf), it's inspired by Scandinavian cookware.


  • Clip Top Drinks Dispenser

    To bring it back to Blighty, try this eight-litre jar from iconic British brand Kilner, complete with tap.


  • Halle Wooden Bedside Cabinet

    This cabinet is hand-made in India from sustainable mango wood.


  • Moroccan LED Lantern Line Lights

    A touch of North Africa comes courtesy of these Moroccan-style lantern lights.


  • Stockholm Horizon Vase

    Swedish design duo Bernadotte & Kylberg's vase is inspired by Stockholm’s archipelago (the pattern is intended to be reminiscent of the water’s reflection).


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.