On Monday I visited London’s first design show of the year HOME London, which after being launched in 2012 is steadily making it’s way to being the definitive venue for homeware brands to showcase their wares in the UK. It’s a good chance to catch some the international brands that will show at Maison and Milan like Marimekko and Ferm Living but also explore out smaller independent makers from the UK.
Here are some of my highlights…
The print-work of Fanny Shorter caught my eye, influenced by her childhood of English holidays, frequents visits to the V&A, the Natural History Museum and National Trust properties – her work is a striking contemporary take on vintage English patterns.
Ceramist Sue Ure, presented a collection of beautiful pastel ceramics in chunky and modern silhouettes interspersed with highlights of black. I loved the delicate imperfections of the glaze and the gentle gradients of colour. Especially attractive were the sugar jars and pourers with stick handles on the lids finished with coloured dot details!
Beautiful embroidered table runners by Irish textile-designer Jennifer Slattery
Allison Millner’s delicate graphic ceramic tiles were perfection in an attractive palette of burnt oranges, blacks and sage greens. A row of these would look so poetic as a detail surrounding a door or window that opens out into the garden.
Danish brand and wire mid-century style plant holders are going straight on my wish-list.
New picture holders made of maple wood are great for evolving pieces of artwork. I also loved the new black colourway of their handy wire baskets which can be turned into tables as well as used to store blankets, cushions, magazines and toys within. Lastly a new collection of brass kitchen and office accessories which were turning out to be a bit of a trend at the show…
Sue Pryke showed her acclaimed collection of terracotta and white tin glaze ceramics, which have garnered a lot of press in recent months, plus a new collection of elegant white ceramics. With a 20 year history of designing tableware and glassware for Ikea, with many still in production, Sue’s products have become a part of our landscape. It’s very interesting to see her simple aesthetic coupled with handcrafted techniques.
Another Country had a beautiful makeshift stand typical of their honest aesthetic. They showed a stunning ash grey version of their Series Three furniture collection, new jaqcuard weave graphic textiles and of course plenty of brass detailing including a stunning brass paper tray [retailing at £71].
To my delight textile designer Fi Douglas [who was one of the first designers to feature in my A Day With feature on the blog in 2010] popular brand Bluebell Gray launched a pretty new range of ceramics. Known for her painterly floral textiles, the platters and oven dishes were particularly charming covered in a smattering of watercolour flowers.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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