Category Archives: DESIGN

Ah, Autumn. L’automne. C’est un saison de mistes et mellow fruitfulness, etcetera, et bien sur, le cassoulet. Mmm. Cassoulet. Avec les haricots, et les saucisses, et le canard – c’est comme un ‘bean stew’, mais pas exactement. This dish delicieux … …keep reading

Artisanal skills and exciting new ethical design brands stood out for me at Tent London and designjunction this week. Clockwise, from top left: Recycled, hand-made glass and hammered brass cups made in East Africa, via innovative new fair-trade studio, Otago; … …keep reading

Top left: salt and pepper pinch pots in pale grey, West Elm and vintage studio pottery salt pot, Ardingly; Top right: Andalucia porridge bowl, Habitat; Bottom right: A trio of tiny bowls (top left is by Icelandic ceramicist Anna Mikaelsdottir – … …keep reading

Clockwise from top left: My ‘new’ vintage kettle, £10, from The Foodie Bugle Shop; Fresh rosemary from our allotment; Green granite chopping board, spotted at Maison & Objet, by Louise Roe Copenhagen; A pleasing pebble on my window sill.  

Ignore the mice scurrying along the tracks, your snot turning black thanks to sooty blasts of filthy air, the nose-to-armpit-rush-hour-squeeze, the excessive ticket prices and the unbearable all-year-round heat; The London Underground has some of the most beautiful wall tiles … …keep reading

Obviously, I have ancient pyjamas on because I work from home impossibly skinny, bare legs and am wearing hand-knitted slightly-slouchy chunky woollen socks, a linen smock and frilly knickers despite the draught. I hold a cold coffee hand-thrown stoneware mug … …keep reading

Spent an unhealthy amount of time on the Astier de Villatte stand at Maison et Objet on Saturday. Heavenly tableware, cutlery, stationery and candles… but it’s the brand’s catalogue that’s got me in a tizz: It’s a small, letterpress-printed bound book, … …keep reading

Neon lights inspired these brand new hot-off-the-press designs from the ‘Jungle Fever’ range by Dutch designer, Mariska Meijers… These new cushions and trays are more graphic and less painterly than her previous pieces. She explores symmetry and fluoro colours – … …keep reading

A while ago, I interviewed the talented up-cycler Jo Gibbs in her south London studio for Homes & Antiques magazine. You can read the interview in the June issue, out now! Jo transfers delicate patterns from pieces of vintage lace … …keep reading

The young fire station dweller who made kitsch crystal drinks decanters cool again with his elegant lighting designs has now transformed the humble lightbulb… …Crystal Bulb (£109) by Lee Broom is on display in his Milan ‘pub’ right now. Let’s … …keep reading