I adore Portugal, so I couldn’t be happier to have a little piece of it on my table this summer. Nisi Living are now stocking this beautiful range of summery stoneware: handmade in Portugal, the patterns bring the continental sunshine with them, with splashes of aqua blue, turquoise and yellow that will brighten any al fresco table.
From above, the Blue Lagoon range includes a jug, £42; pasta bowls, £18 each; salad bowl, £40; dinner plates, £18 each, plus mugs, cereal bowls, side plates and large platters, all available online from Nisi Living.
Browsing the many inspirational stands at Design Junction a few days back, I spotted Emma Alington and spoke to her about her latest collection of handmade ceramics.
After graduating in 2013 with a first-class honours degree in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins, Emma took the brave step of setting up her own business. Now working from her studio in Berkshire, England, Emma designs and creates her own ceramics collections.
Beautifully crafted, each piece is tactile and functional. Choose from cups and mugs in three sizes (tiny espresso, medium cup and larger mug) plus several sizes of carefully crafted bowls, and plates and a jug.
The china comes either in white or decorated with a shimmering gold rim, and finished with a simple black heraldic motif:
How to choose? I’d opt for the upmarket gold rimmed designs for celebration china (they would make ideal wedding gifts) whilst the microwave and dishwasher-proof white design is a treat to use every day.
Continuing my love of blue and white, (see previous posts here, here and here) I’ve just come across this new concept by Japanese design studio nendo, which has worked with Gen-emon to create a new series of porcelain tableware. Gen-omen is one of Japan’s most respected and long established traditional porcelain kilns, and nendo has taken some of their classic motifs, from small florals to geometric shapes; keeping the signature (and much loved) blue/white colour combination but playing with scale and the elements of the patterns to reintrpet the designs for today’s living:
By playing with the possibilities of pattern to plain; blue on white to white on blue, and using traditional motifs, the porcelain is beautiful both individually and as an eclectic group of several pieces. From plates to bowls, pots to spoons, this collection is definitely on my wish list!
With snow outside and piles of paper scattered over the floor as I perform a frantic and (let’s be honest) futile search for aged bank statements so I can complete last year’s tax return, my house couldn’t look more different from these cool, calm and collected shots from Danish company House Doctor‘s new Spring 2013 catalogue.
They have a staggering quantity of beautiful, simple, desirable homewares…
Rugs with subtle patterns and muted colourways….. and don’t miss the wooden storage boxes…
Oversize glass jars, vases and bottles alongside streamlined ceramics
Furniture with contemporary lines …
Chic, colourful, patterned stationery boxes – maybe if I had a set of these, I’d be encourage to file away those bank statements….
These metal framed-glass storage boxes are so simple, yet the display is so effective….
Super-calm looks for the kitchen….
And this shot is a reminder that spring will come, one day….
It’s impossible to move on the net just now for wonderful people crafting their way to Christmas and beyond….
….if, like me, you feel crafting is best left to the experts, but love the look and individuality of artist-made pieces, then don’t miss Made 2012 at Brighton’s Corn Exchange. Running from 22-25 November, 120 designers and producers showcase their skills, with jewellery, art, ceramics, textiles all on display and for sale. Come here to source unusual details and/or Christmas gifts (if you can bear to part with them). PS If you can’t get to Brighton but like the look of these products (there are many more on the Made website), then clicking on these images should take you to info on the artists and their own websites /contact details).
Ceramics by Katrin Moye
Stitched Collages by Elaine Hughes
Ceramics by Kate Evans
One of my favourite (and, yes, inexpensive) ways to fill walls with colour is to buy, frame and hang posters of current exhibitions from galleries: they capture a moment in time and invariably are detailed and eye-catching, or they wouldn’t hook the passer-by into attending….
So as well as the products on store at the event, artist Sarah Young is now selling high quality Giclee reproductions of her previous poster designs for Made, plus The Brighton Art Fair and the Palace Art Fair. Don’t they look striking in a group? (even with my limited page-layout skills…!)