Wonderful Wedding Gifts…

Wedding season is upon us again and our Mr and Mrs badge cards are flying off the shelves. Buying a wedding present can be a tough task: how much does one spend? How can you choose a thoughtful and unique present that will appeal to both people? Is that even possible?

Let us assuage your gift giving woes with our selection of the very best in wedding gift goodness..

The Kiki Grinder is simple, sculptural and above all very practical. It has an adjustable ceramic mechanism which allows it to be used for salt, pepper and any number of dry herbs and spices. Treat your couple to one in black and white and they can rein-act their wedding over the breakfast table for years to come..

Our large monochromatic photo album is a far cry from the embossed, chintzy photo albums usually associated with weddings. Smart and spacious it could even be the proud keeper of the photos from the big day and it will look superb on any coffee table.

Our Glass Shaped Bottle Vase gets many admiring comments in the shop, it’s organic hand blown nature makes it particularly graceful. Suited to holding structural greenery and flowers it is an unconventional modern vase that is sure to go down particularly well.

Our Kaleido Trays are sold individually and can be bought in any combination. They slot together in a very satisfactory way and sit comfortably throughout the home. On a bedside table to cradle jewellery or by the front door they make keys and change look like a work of art.

The DLM table by HAY is as stylish as it is practical, it is the perfect height and size for a bedside table or a side table to be used in the living room. The beauty of this table is in the name (Don’t Leave Me) it is light enough to be carried around the house and looks great in any room. Perfect for a couple who are setting up home.

We have a range of gorgeously simple geometric ceramics hand made in Sweden by Camilla Engdahl beautifully made and perfectly executed a piece made by her will be treasured for years to come.

We hope that we have given you plenty of gift giving inspiration, we would be thrilled with any of those options. If you are getting married and would like to put together a Gift List with us do get in touch..

 

Designers and Makers: A chat with Kangan Arora

We have had some bright new cushions in recently that have received a very warm reception. We thought you’d like to know a little bit more about the designer and maker behind them. May we introduce Kangan Arora a talented textile designer and maker from India..

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

I am from a small city in the north of India called Ludhiana and have been settled in London for about eight years now.

What’s on your bedside table?

A few books; Hegarty on Creativity – There are no rules, Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase, Motherland magazine and a HAY Kaleido tray for jewellery.

What homeware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

Quilts and throws; you can never have enough! We’ve a chest full of all manner of them, from antique kantha-stitched quilts to the most beautiful woven throws by my friend Eleanor Pritchard. I particularly love the quilts, depicted below, by Meg Callahan.

 What have you made that you are you most proud of?

Many moons ago I tailored a mens suit out of heavyweight canvas, that I’d found and rescued from a weatherbeaten desert tent in the Rann of Kutch (Gujarat). I embellished the surface with dozens of metal eyelets and finished it with a beautiful tea dyed damask hemp lining. Totally unique, I’ll probably never make anything like it again!

What is your background? How did you get into textiles?

Textiles really run in my family; my great grandfather was a bit of a pioneer and started a fashion textile business in Punjab over a 100 years ago, so from the age of five that’s all I wanted to be involved in when I grew up. Somewhere along the line the bold, dynamic fashion influence, translated into interior textiles and homewares and that’s what I am doing now.

Describe your design process:

I start with hundreds of photos I have taken of things that inspire me – it could be windows, people, buildings, markets… Then I abstract forms and motifs from one, colour from another and roughly put them together.

A lot of the designing actually happens on the go in the studio; when I have put two or three patterns I’m happy with on silkscreen, I just have a play around to see how they work together and in which colour combinations. This experimentation and happy accidents are really the fun part of the whole process – it’s like unwrapping presents and never knowing what you might receive next.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

My hand painted wedding signs, photographic archives and a sewing machine. My husband could carry them all and save himself too!

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Very simple that one: India. More and more I also find myself being influenced by the tumble-dryer of creativity that is London, but it’s to the colour, energy and eclecticism of home that I’ll always be drawn.

What homeware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?

My Tom Dixon Fluoro Offcut stool

Describe your style in three words:

Graphic, handcrafted, uplifting (I resisted saying colour, hopefully that speaks for itself!)

What is your current obsession?

Risograph printing, the colour mint, brass stationery and the new Metronomy album.

What does the future look like?

It looks rather busy from where I’m standing… In the short term, planning the next collection which will launch at Designjunction in September, featuring more heavyweight winter textiles and a range of rugs. Longer term? I’ll have to get back to my fashion roots at some stage!

We are stocking Kangan’s cushions in our very own exclusive colourways. Have a look online or pop into the shop to bask in their colourful glory.

If you like Kangan’s style we recommend checking out her on Instagram. A cheery pop of colour to brighten your day.

Perfect Presents: Gifts for her

We have compiled an easy to shop selection of gifts for the lovely ladies in your life. Stylish, simple and timeless we have the perfect present.

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Perfect presents: Scandi simplicity

If like us red and green really isn’t your thing when it comes to this time of year, you’ll probably appreciate this collection of Scandinavian design. Our birch bark candles create an understated festive atmosphere without a poinsettia or holly leaf in sight.

All these products will make perfect gift this Christmas.

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Perfect Presents: Colour Coded

Do you know a cheerful character who embraces all things bright and beautiful?

We have just the selection of gifts for them; from bright pink neon tea light holders to a neon orange triangle cushion. Reward their cheerful disposition with something equally cheery. Their desire for colour will not go unnoticed.

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