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Good design can live wherever you do, and you’re bound to find inspiration at our Raynes Park emporium. It’s small wonder. Our extensive range of homewares is highly desirable, since we’ve carefully chosen our pieces from all around the world. With an eye for beauty and a nerve for making deals we’ve brought the best of the design fair circuit back to your local design store. You too can travel the globe, but won’t find another collection quite like ours.
Visit our emporium now and you'll find a winter wonderland with Christmas decorations and baubles, and gifts for all the family. Fabulous faux fur hot water bottles and pom pom key rings, cosy throws to snuggle up in, scented candles to create the perfect atmosphere at home, the possibilities are endless! Treat yourself or your loved one to some jewellery, discover stunning hand crafted leather accessories for him or a Faber Castell pen and beautiful notebook.
North Staffordshire has a name for manufacture and is having a renaissance thanks to the design industry. 1882 Ltd taps that heritage, working with inventive makers of ceramics, homewares and lighting. Only the most talented designers are selected to help bring innovative ceramics to a wider audience. It’s a UK company with a global reach.
Nordic traditions are only half the story at this Danish design company established in 2010. Innovation is the other driving force behind their range of furniture and lighting. However, they draw inspiration from old masters, from the 1930s to the present. And this may be why their designers share a desire to break new ground and find imaginative new uses for materials. The Scandinavian company has an international outlook and looks to the whole world for the best design talent and production facilities.
Since glycerine is a natural ingredient, it makes sense to keep soap products simple, just like the range from All Natural Soap Co. That’s not to say that the scents you will experience are not complex, three-note-blends of pure essential oils. And that’s not to say the production is not hand made and laborious, using small batches without heat. With options for different skin types and colours inspired by Mother Earth, need we even tell you there’s no animal testing and the packaging is biodegradable?
5,000 years of history and ancestral techniques go into in a remarkable clothing and accessories company from Buenos Aires. Founder Adriana Marina was concerned about the loss of indigenous cultures and high poverty in her native Patagonia. The result was a commitment to work with natural fibres, artisanal methods and Andean culture. Her animaná project has since been recognised by UNESCO and many other organisations that collaborate with social enterprises.
Wide open space and urban living may not always go together. But with their range of scented candles, Baobab could transport you to the plains of the African bush. It offers a selection of scented candles, which give a focal point as distinctive as the tree which gives this company its name. Founder Valérie Bietlot hatched her plans for this exotic range of fragrances, in 2002, at a coffee table in her home in South Africa. So if you have a friend with wanderlust, a Baobab candle makes a perfect gift.
At once highly original and strangely familiar, BEdesign draws inspiration from nature and her raw materials. Bette and Cilla Eklund, who grew up on a farm in Finland, are still anchored in the culture of their homeland. Now they endeavour to make furniture items they call ‘tomorrow’s classics’, thanks to quality materials, contemporary design and a determination to stand out from the crowd.
Pick up a Bert Frank lamp and the chances are your children and your children’s children will be switching it on for years to come. That’s because the London based lighting designer is on a mission against the disposable age. It also believes that wear and tear is meant to happen and that it’s okay for brass to lose its lustre. After a decade or two in your home, these products will each tell a story. They even offer custom colours and finishes, to make that tale your own.
One of Britain’s last remaining vertical mills now serves distinctive woollens brand, Bronte. This allows founders Abraham Moon & Sons to control the manufacturing process: from initial design, to dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving, finishing and finally despatching. The resulting home furnishings include throws, cushions, baby blankets and scarves which balance tradition with modernity. Not bad for an early 19th century production plant.
Sometimes you have to travel far and wide to find a really distinctive piece of furniture. But in this case you have just discovered Broomley without leaving London. The bespoke makers are based in Northumberland, between Newcastle and Hexham. It’s up there we found both workshop and showroom, bringing their wares back to absolute
abode. So you can appraise the craftsmanship and hand-finish without leaving Raynes Park. If you like what you see, you can commission coffee tables in a wood of your choice. Broomley will go the extra mile.
Forget haute couture, and get ready for light couture. Contardi take a sartorial approach to creating bespoke lighting solutions to discerning clientele. The name is already a byword for peerless style, among architects, designers and lighting engineers around the world. This is in part thanks to the sheer value for money offered by this upscale brand. But the eclectic range also benefits from 30 years of heritage and design success in Desio, which is handy for Milan.
These Italian fragrance designers have what they call a ‘project of the senses’, which means that, along with smell, they bring sight, hearing, touch and taste into the mix. Even the sixth sense, intuition, is evoked. And Culti understand that by surrounding ourselves with pleasing things, we can create a sense of wellbeing. Skeptics are advised to book a night or two in the founder’s hotel, La Sommità Relais Culti, Puglia. But in the mean time, you can create some tranquility in your own home with one of their luxury products.
Few locations in Britain are as steeped in tradition as the village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. This perfectly preserved Victorian settlement has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001. And it is here you’ll find potter David Worsley, who makes simple wheel-thrown tableware for everyday use. Functional and strong, the work of Dove Street Pottery is as useful and desirable today as it would have been 100 years ago.
Welsh tapestry and Scottish tweeds may not always be in fashion, but the vernacular textiles of Britain are front of mind for designer Pritchard. Mid-century design is also on her eclectic agenda. But her woven woollen blankets are given a contemporary twist with bold geometrics and graphic, reversible patterns. And her grand designs come to life in a mill in Camarthenshire, Wales.
Cosmopolitan Kelly studied at the University of Ulster and Louisiana State University, before returning to Northern Ireland, where she now works in a studio outside Belfast. Her product range, home and lifestyle textiles, reveals a strong background in graphics and illustration. Kelly designs and prints linocuts by hand with a Victorian cast iron press, while her finished product is screen printed and sewn in the UK.
Take a girl from the Shires and train her in fine art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, and you might produce a talent like Jo Robinson (nee Ham). After five subsequent years at a London design agency, she was ready to deliver her own brand to the world. And now HAM achieves instant recognition thanks to a range of contented four-legged characters. Her pigs, horses and rabbits appear on finely crafted and 100 percent British-made tableware.
Fruili in Northeastern Italy is the venue for a team of young entrepreneurs who for the last 20 years have shared a passion for design and jazz. And it might be said that their musical tastes give them a flair for innovation, experimentation and discovery of elusive new technical solutions. Kristalia has also been known to borrow materials from the world of fashion and sport. With all their experience they remain young at heart.
There’s a lot to be said for single-minded passion, and Libeco have been making linen and nothing but linen for 150 years. Their values haven’t changed. They still make sophisticated and pure product, they still celebrate the versatile flax plant, and they still respect the environment. And yet, this Belgian company is not afraid to innovate with creative designs, innovative weaves, and stitchings which are sure to delight.
The balanced colours, graphic designs and all round artiness of Lang’s range are no accident. The talented, young and award-winning designer is trained as a fine artist. So don’t be surprised to see highbrow cultural influences such as Joseph and Anni Albers, El Lissitzky and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. And this percolates through to stylish cookware, cushions, tiles, tea towels and toasters: all stamped with the vibrancy of hometown London.
Gaining a first class honours degree in Fashion Design from Northumbria University was not enough for Leanne Lucas. The textile designer was then drawn to a course in Contemporary Textiles from Old at Central Saint Martins in London. This resolved her to join a local print studio and since 2011 she has made hand printed fabrics for accessories and soft furniture. Her love of bright-coloured vintage textiles is evident and the Londoner draws inspiration from vintage fairs and markets.
Pioneer Selby made has made her name with three dimensional fabrics which bring industrial machinery to bear on hand-woven structures. Her first collection launched in 2003 and she was not long out of college (Chelsea College of Art and Design and The Royal College of Art) before stockists came knocking. So she was quick to build relationships with specialist mills who can work in a range of weights suitable for soft furnishings. The results really do bring an extra dimension.
Mongolia may be a long way from Raynes Park so all the more reason to look twice at the work of native Oyuna Tserendorj. Her company OYUNA takes cashmere from the near East and pushes the design in contemporary, global directions. Multi-purpose travel blankets are as apt for the restless city of London as the wild plains of home. Tserendorj works with an international team who share a nomadic sense of adventure. Every fibre of these modern designs comes from her native land and is indicative of her time in Hungary, Paris and London.
For this Swedish designer, conscious design means caring, inspiring and emotive products. Söderberg approaches forms like an architect, with a functional eye for well considered details. Meanwhile everything is produced in Sweden, using high impact materials such as vegetable-tanned Tärnsjö leather, waxed pine plywood, powder-coated metal and brass. Rest assured, all elements are sourced with full respect for the environment.
Repeat Repeat has mined the past to bring you bone china using the 400 year old traditions of Stoke-on-Trent. But the 30-year old business is anything but set in its ways. Contemporary designs, worked up on paper, are put to the kiln in one of the local factories, respecting every step of the age-old manufacturing process. If you’re looking for statement mugs or tableware, Repeat Repeat are worth another glance.
As much an artist as a ceramicist, Menardi considers herself an explorer of form and colour. Her handmade stoneware is inspired by the natural world, which offers up its secrets to her as she works. To the uninitiated, the function of her living accessories may not be at first apparent. But the visual and tactile impressions connect with our deepest emotions. As Menardi says, “I simply strive to respect the natural surfacing of things that are already within us”. And she has been doing so since 1980.
The skills used at Sibast are more than 100 years in the making. It was 1908 when a cabinet maker on the island of Funen in Denmark began trading under that name. Helge Sibast served an apprenticeship with his father and developed a level of craft knowhow which underpins what is now an international furniture corporation. Expect simplicity, sustainability and tried and tested methods.
Resin is the material of choice for California-based designer Tina Frey. And while her forms are organic, her colours are inspired by candy. A mixed manufacturing process finds Frey sculpting her pieces by hand, before a hand-made mould is produced. After casting in small batches her pieces are hand sanded. Subtle colour variations make your finished work unique.
A day with good design is a good day and Wino has paper goods for you, meant to be enjoyed every day. It’s a brand new Italian venture, born of a passion for cutting edge graphic design and the visual buzz produced by multi-coloured patterns. Wino strive for clarity, but don’t overlook the details. Their products are said to echo the landscapes of our most vibrant cities, to make you feel good about wherever you live.
The modern, minimal design language of Zeitraum has been with us for more than 20 years. For the record, it all began in 1990 in Wolfratshausen. And these days it is hard to believe they were once the only premium furniture maker to complement high end design with ecological concerns. That philosophy is still with them today as they make luxury furniture for homes and commercial spaces.