Lane By Post is a collection of furnishings, stationery and accessories that brighten up any home or office space with their vibrant two-tone hues and contemporary, simple designs. Joff and Ollie oversee the direction and vision of the studio which encompasses a strong adherence to using UK-based suppliers and designers as well as sustainability principles. They are committed to fair labour practices, and support the continuation of time-honoured crafts and practices that are becoming obsolete due to the mass production of many goods. Most of their materials come from the UK region, but others such as raw wool for the cushions are sourced from New Zealand and Italy which provides the quality and type of wool necessary to create these pieces of art.
They work with international designers and companies including David Mellor, Heal’s and Little Greene, and cultural organisations such as the Arts Council England and The National Trust.
From prints to mugs, cushions and giftcards, Lane By Post items are inspired by simple, bright colour contrasts and patterns with comforting yet sophisticated textures.
Their funky, retro pleat-patterned Little Greene Lampshades in two-tones create a fresh, quirky, and light-hearted look, while the twin-tone cushions create a splash of colour and fun to the living room sofa or armchair. Made from Bute Fabrics wool, the yarns are woven into a tweed cushion. The Beam Lampshade are reminiscent of the seventies with their pleated exterior and mushroom design.
Hand screen prints of two complementing block colours - Yuzu Yellow with Mariana Blue, or Granite Pink and Smith Grey for instance - can be mixed and matched to create symmetric or asymmetric grids of colour as a feature piece for a plain wall. Additionally, the prints are impressed on textured recycled and biodegradable paper to give a touch of finesse and elegance, and come in solid black aluminium frames.
Diverse, contemporary and aesthetically pleasing prints, stationery and jewellery are all offered by the versatile Tom Pigeon studio. Established by the duo of Pete and Kirsty Thomas two years ago, it’s a concept store where design and works warm the heart and inspire the imagination.
The amazingly talented team produce jewellery in their studio in Fife, while the letterpress prints are created in London. Tom makes the woodcuts for the designs, creates the inks and then makes the prints using a traditional press, impressing the texture of the grain in the wood from the printing blocks. The foil prints are created in the North West of England, and each creation is unique depending on the quality of the paper and how the foil interacts with it. Meanwhile the screen prints are lovingly made in Glasgow, with the ink hues mixed according to the studio’s specifications and applied to recycled paper. Each screenprint will thus be original due to the nature of recycled paper and the registration of the inks into the material.
Play, a series of three A3 size prints that reference children’s building blocks, the geometric semi-circles, parallelograms and triangles with bright pinks, blues, and yellows, and simple patterns produce a minimalistic yet fun sensation in the observer. The limited edition is the result of a collaboration with Thomas Mayo, the London printmaker, and can be sold separately as well as in a series. The Play design is also featured on their notebooks, pocketbooks and cards.
Another popular favourite is the Shipwreck series that reference the local harbour. Flotsam, Jetsam and Lagan and cleverly mix and match to produce standalone pieces or a stunning whole collection. Deliberately placed lines, dots, and geometric shapes of sunshine yellow, grey, navy blue and pale pink on white background, seem surrealistic in tone.
To see more of what Tom Pigeon do, visit their website
Inspired by the metalwork of traditional tins and tableware, Jessica Thorn’s ceramic interpretations of the time-honoured style breathe new life into a classic craft that has essentially not changed for two centuries. The designer strongly supports a cottage industry of artists and potters in response to mass-produced goods.
Bespoke vitrified porcelain pieces are handmade by the designer in the UK, combined with complementary bits and bobs of cork, copper and leather. Blue and orange joinery lines are a respectful reference to her metalwork models, which have crimped and welded edges.
Her Breakfast Condiment Set is a charming 3-piece combo of a maple syrup jug, spice shaker and sugar pourer, perfect for every pancake or waffle lover, or those that enjoy porridge or oats in the morning. Part of the Still Life Brunch collection, all the pieces were influenced by one of Thorn’s other passions - eating! She shows her joy for appreciating brunch and sharing food with others via her creations, and this shines through in the carefully molded ceramics and choice of works. Each piece is smoothed outside for a matte finish, while the interior is coloured and glazed.
The tea and coffee mugs, jugs and creamers, are delightful pieces that please the eye, but are functional and practical as well. The choice of colours are minimal and restrained, reminiscent of the honest, simple aesthetic of the rural village lifestyle.
Jessica Thorn features at many festivals around the UK, and for more of Jessica’s pieces, please visit here.
Clay and porcelain become putty in the hands of Sue Pryke, an artist that has designed and produced ceramics ranges for commercial giants such as Ikea, Marks & Spencers, Waitrose, and John Lewis as well as Sainsbury’s. Pryke specialises in creating high-quality, simple and beautiful tableware and homewares.
The latest Mr & Mrs collection exhibits Pryke’s fine attention to detail and superior craftsmanship in creating classic and striking pieces with perfect symmetry and smooth surfaces. Pared back and understated in appearance, each piece is made from vitrified earthenware which is slip-cast and then kilned at high temperatures. The range of milk pourers, teapots, teacups and mugs are inspired by the traditional English countryside, and come in a variety of muted colours - stone, pale and dark grey, and indigo.
Gleaming white porcelain, elegant, clean lines and perfectly balanced in proportion, the fine bone china collection comprises delicate yet durable creamers, dinner and side plates, mugs and bowls. Void of extraneous decoration or colours, these pieces are free of pretension and prove that less really is more.
The terracotta range showcases the rustic beauty of red clay combined with white glaze. Simple, earthy and charming, the jugs, jars, teapots, bowls, tumblers and plant pots are a wonderful complement for the family home, sure to warm the interior of any kitchen.
Pryke’s ongoing partnership with artisan factories and studios shines through in her work. Favouring local and traditional methods and techniques, the collaboration is a reference to her own background as a shape designer with Wedgwood straight after graduation and numerous hours spent throwing, shaping, and forming clay. The designer’s experience and dedication to her craft was duly recognized by winning the Ceramics and Glassware category of the Homes & Gardens Awards in 2014.
Giannina Capitani’s range of woollen cushions, blankets, pouffes, and scarves and mittens are comfortable and cosy additions to your home and wardrobe. Her baby blankets and booties are created with love, guaranteed to keep your little ones warm and snug during cold nights. There’s no scrimping on aesthetic appeal either, with the fun and edgy designs and bright colours sure to stand out. Lambs wool is sourced carefully to ensure that only the premium materials are used from UK-based companies, and hand knitted by Capitani’s team in Dalston, London where this Italian-Scottish designer opened her studio doors in 2013.
Capitani’s contemporary style features geometric patterns of dashes, gridlines, circles and the occasional triangle or squiggle. A simple palette of red, yellow and blue create a fresh and vibrant burst of colour, while a separate range uses grey, black and white tones.
Her Tic-Tac design used for cushions and pouffes, are pleasingly symmetrical and regular with red, yellow and blue dashes on grey backgrounds, or black and white contrasting each other. Meanwhile the Etto and Forma cushion designs seems akin to Joan Miro’s Japanese influenced artworks, combining a striking circle with a column and a square filled with dashes, and an extra squiggle for the Etto designs.
Oxford scarves in wide or narrow versions, feature distinctive bars of colour or black and white, and spice up a simple dress or suit with a modern, fresh look. The Adria range meanwhile combines a border of large circles with a triangle-enclosed pattern in the centre. The Adria baby blankets come in red, blue and yellow on a grey base, showing that it’s never too soon to start learning about comfort as well as style.
Capitani focusses on ensuring that her knitted homewares and clothes are visually engaging but also long-lasting and durable, and strives to produce the highest quality woollen goods according to sustainable principles.
Colourful clay creations by London-based potter Sevak Zargarian are bringing back the terraza technique. Zargarian was shortlisted in 2015 for the Homes and Gardens Young Designer Award and works from his garden studio that his father helped him to construct after he graduated.
Zargarian describes his work as “modern, intriguing and tactile”, and his unique style was the result of an experiment with “grog”, a mix of ceramics crushed and then included into the clay to make it stronger and provide additional texture. Although normally a neutral sand colour, Zargarian’s imagination was sparked and he began experimenting with coloured grog mixed with white clay as the base. The grog is made by adding colour to parian, a kind of porcelain that gives a smooth finish, which is then fired in the kiln to produce sheets of clay to be later broken up with a rolling pin after cooling down.
His Unearthed Interiors collection features homewares and accessories of fractured, coloured grog mixed into white clay to give a retro, mosaic look of primary colours splashed onto the surface. Each piece is thus completely unique, given the different sizes and shapes of the shards and how they form patterns in the kiln. Bread boards, candlesticks and serving dishes are given a refreshing pop of vibrancy that will stand out in your kitchen and home. The exteriors can also vary by degrees of roughness despite being glazed to exhibit the grog’s textures, instead of smoothed and sanded down like the interior of the pieces.
Blues, yellows and reds dominate the grog hues used in the works, catching the eye, while the white background creates the space for the viewer to appreciate the forms and patterns. Fresh and fun, the contemporary creations are sure to add a splash of bright colour to any home and make a perfect gift for those that enjoy their homewares to be both functional and visually pleasing.
The genius in Ejing Zhang’s work lies not only it the sophisticated beauty of her designs for accessories such as jewellery and clutch bags, but in the unique combination of thread, wood and resin to create an entirely novel and original material.
Based in Holborn, London, Zhang was raised in China and recalls her mother sewing and creating textiles on a daily basis. It was while she was studying at the Royal College of Art however that she was inspired to experiment with mixing different textures and fabrics together and created the new combination she is famous for today.
Zhang’s designs are dreamy, contemporary and innovative, often resembling natural landscapes such as mountains and beaches. The cross-sections of the thread and resin cut from wood blocks result in a marbled effect that draw in the eye as do the striking mix of colours. Symmetry and proportion, rectangular and geometrically balanced pieces are key characteristics of her creations.
The Duck Twist Pillar earrings are pendant drop pieces whose slim, elegant columns are offset by the spiral gold-plated clasps. The colours and design could be beach and hill vistas, with a pale sky in the background, or simply a marbled modern creation with a gorgeous range of hues combined.
The sunrise horizon necklace exhibits a mountain range of turquoise, indigo and pastel blues, and a dash of rusty orange on a perfectly symmetrical pink resin column attached to a gold-plated pendant. Meanwhile the Wool Marble Oval Bracelet features a stunning mix of blues, lilacs and greys on an oval centrepiece and a stylish silver bracelet.
Having worked with Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and collaborated on a famous collection with Chinese designer Xuzhi - her celebrated “Wool Marble” collection - Zhang is also known for establishing frontier-forging partnerships in the name of innovation and originality. Faux Rocks is another fantastic collection that showcases Zhang’s versatility across a range of mediums and artistic forms.
Sophie Southgate’s ceramic works are modern, retro and unique in their form and colour. Strong, geometric outlines and shapes demonstrate a devotion to creations that make a statement immediately.
Scratch beneath the surface however, and you’ll understand how the artist deliberately creates pieces that challenge the lazy observer. From a distance, they can appear 2-dimensional, yet up close they are clearly not just an art piece to be admired. Using block primary and secondary colours predominantly, the bright reds, Cerulean blues, and sunflower yellows immediately arrest the attention as well as the contrasting negative space. The inner multi-faceted polyhedrons and triangles combined with spherical forms draw another distinctive binary in her work.
The works range from luxury pieces for the home and office, to more affordable homewares.
Southgate is a rising star in the ceramics scene, establishing her studio The Clay Room based in Kent, where she creates designs on a plaster whirler and from paper, while honing her skills in slip casting and plaster and clay. The process is involved and intense, with days spent testing clays in the kiln, designing molds, selecting colour pallettes for collections, and researching new ideas for patterns and designs.
The designer also gives lessons in pottery and working with clay at her studio for adults and children. Watch out for her at Ceramic Art London where a new pastel collection and a black collection will be launched.
She has won several awards including the Y Lle Celf CASW Purchase Prize and her graduating year’s top prize, as well as being a finalist in a nationwide competition Confessions of a Design Geek.
Delicate hand-blown Borosilicate glass is transformed by Sarah Colson into pieces of art that seem mystical and magical.
Colson’s Vitro Lux collection won the 2015 Elle Decoration Award at the British Design Awards, and for good reason. The beaker-like teal and violet-coloured centrepieces are covered by a tear-shaped transparent glass light, resulting in a retro-style light that is functional, unique and stunning. The Collect 3 and 5 ranges feature groups of original, handmade light-bulbs of grey, green, yellow and teal attached to coloured cables that suspend from the ceiling.
Ingeniously, several of her collections can be assembled in a variety of ways. Fibula Lux, a work designed to showcase how the everyday can be objects of beauty, is a chandelier-like creation of handblown glass light bulbs covered with a sheet of silver or brass safety pin material. Colson only makes to order, and Fibula Lux pieces can come as a desk lamp, attached to walls as reading lights, or as a key feature in a dining room.
The Vitro Vas collection showcases vases of varying glass textures and globe shapes, with accompanying violet, olive green, teal and amber touches in the centrepieces. The stems of the vases are also elongated to different lengths, and the diameters widened to suit the shape of the base.
The London-based artist is committed to researching local crafts and traditions and the local communities that maintain these time-honoured customs as part of the cultural fabric. Colson deliberately involves the communities to consolidate a sense of ownership, and endeavours to incorporate the knowledge and practices into her own commercial development while acknowledging the collaboration.
All works are hand-crafted, and made to order, taking an average time of 4-6 weeks.
Grains, gnarls, and knots are what inspires Rosie Brewer. The Devon-based designer creates beautiful, wood-crafted pieces of kitchenware, the material of choice influenced by her parents’ sawmill where she played as a child.
Specialising in serving boards and spoons of traditional English hardwoods, and branching out into coasters, knives and cake servers, Brewer’s British contemporary designs marry minimalism and functionality.
Walnut, elm, sycamore, cherry, oak and maple are just some of the woods regularly worked with. Their earthy, varied textures, warm colours and tones give rise to the unique design of the pieces. As the designer says “all wood is a natural story and no two stories are alike”.
Some popular pieces include the half-half sycamore boards that combine the caramel-coloured heartwood of the sycamore to contrast with the blonder outerwood of the tree to produce an understated, yet visually stunning board for everyday use.
Brewer’s elm knot boards make use of the trunk’s different shapes and natural design, with the knot forming the board’s handle, while a new set of coasters exposes contrasting ring lines by cross-sectioning a trunk of a young tree. Sleek lines are a feature of the pieces, finished with natural, food-safe oils.
All FSC or sustainably harvested and produced, rest assured that your unique serving boards, spoons or pot stands are not just gorgeous but have a minimal impact on nature.
Hailing from the beautiful coastal Cornwall in the south of England, husband and wife duo Joel and Helena Haran craft gorgeous contemporary furniture and homewares of sustainably sourced British hardwoods with touches of ceramics and fabrics.
They strive to marry traditional methods of design and woodwork, with modern use of machinery and technology to produce unique pieces. Equally important is their dedication to ensuring materials used have minimal impact to the natural environment.
The Lace Chair and matching Lace Dining Table are classic pieces lovingly handmade from London plane and English ash timbers. Designed with the same elegant, smooth legs and clean lines, the table is a feature for any dining room and can be customised for each client. Joel Haran’s attention to detail and dedication to his craft is evident throughout the entire process, from individually selecting each piece of timber, to planing and sanding the wood until the top and legs are exactly so. The table can also be complemented by the Lace benches, perfect for families or friends dropping over for a cup of tea.
Studio Haran’s Tipi Floor Light, sold individually or in pairs, resembling a NativeAmerican tipi, is simple, earthy and rustic in its beauty. Comprised of twenty-five strips of plane and ash with alternating textures, grains and patterns, the lamp is bound by a singular ring of wood. The soft glow from the lamp emits a sense of comfort and tranquility in the home. Meanwhile, the Element Pendant Light is perfect for open common spaces in the home or office. The balanced porcelain shade, kilned and turned by Helena Haran, is attached to a cable that suspends vertically from the roof, with a London plane cap to finish off the piece. Colours and dimensions of the light can be tailored to individual taste.
This London-based designer champions British timbers that deserve greater attention, and is a staunch advocate of sustainable use of wood to create beautiful, simple, yet sophisticated pieces of bespoke furniture and homewares.
Timbers are carefully chosen based on their tones, textures and properties that offer the best possible mix of materials to produce objects of elegance and practical utility.
The mill uses fallen trees from the forests, transforming logs into unique creations via the process of kilning and then crafted in London. Carbon emission and absorption amounts are also detailed for the fastidiously green.
Sebastian Cox’s Bayleaf collection debuted at the London Design Festival in 2015. Hazel is the featured timber, yet English ash, sycamore, oak and London plane, are also integral, evident in the daybed to provide a distinctive and pioneer-like design. The timber structures of medieval houses stimulated Cox’s creative juices in designing the collection, as seen in the woven ash lattice designs of the armoire and curved screen. His craftsmanship shines through not only in the design of his works, but the careful selection of woods combined to create nostalgic pieces such as his Brish hat stand and mop stick ladder.
Cox tries to preserve the natural shape and beauty of the materials. The rungs of the mop stick ladder where sapling branches are kept deliberately rough and rustically curved with knots and gnarls intact, contrasts natural dark bark with the smooth, pale and planed stiles.
The Chestnut and Ash collection is no less stunning. Shortlisted for the Homes and Gardens Designer Awards in 2015, and featuring in the Elle Decoration British Design Awards (2014), coppiced timbers are used innovatively to produce a collection of furniture showcasing beautiful grains and bark textures. A dresser and wardrobe feature vertical strips of overlapping timber, while his chairs and tables highlight the slender lines of the timber and Cox’s skill in wood joinery.
Jack Havelock Bailey founded his Kent studio in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. Creating contemporary homewares from concrete and wood, his pieces are geometric and balanced, with some clearly also bearing the stamp of Japanese architecture and design.
The process of creating these objects is just as much a part of the story as the end result for Havelock. Without discriminating between objects formed by modern technology or traditional, more manual means, the designer is solely focussed on ensuring each of his products is perfect.
Havelock believes that “Furniture, products and objects are just like buildings in the respect that they need to be meticulously designed, interrogated, considered and refined”, and hence his background as an architect serves him equally well in his current vocation.
His favourite so far? The Origami Paperweight which weighs a meagre 225g, but packs a punch in terms of its minimalistic beauty. The diamond-shaped facets are formed by an origami paper mold, and each is unique due to the drying process when bubbles form on the concrete. Using a similar pattern, Havelock’s Origami Concrete Coasters are backed by cork to protect surfaces from scratching. The muted grey of the concrete gives it a modern, sophisticated, yet elegant look.
Other popular pieces include the Champfer oak boards resembling traditional Japanese mokoshi roofs. Made from FSC certified oak, and covered with a food-grade safe beeswax and linseed oil, they come in sets of three, of varying sizes, but can be bought separately as well. The beautiful grain and warm tones of the oak comes through, symmetrical and even. Meanwhile his Wooden Chopsticks and Hypar Rest combine both the materials. The chopsticks are crafted from the lightest Ash wood, to the ever more darker timbers of Oak, Cherry, Olive Ash and Walnut. The rests are a hyperboloid shape, the concrete grey contrasting with the wood, smoothed and polished.
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Funky, fresh and fun - for those who love their bags to express their style and personality, TerraCotta Row’s colourful totes could be just the thing. Brash, geometric designs and a mix of mesh, leather and PVC fabrics combine to make a durable, functional and ready-to-go accessory that is also waterproof. All bags are also able to be rolled and stored away for convenience, and are lightweight and versatile for daily use, to take to the beach, or on your travels.
The brainchild of Saher Oliver Samman, the designer works across a range of creative disciplines including interior design, architecture and fashion.
The Moss Tuscan Bermuda Ziptop Jollybag combines a triumvirate-shaped upper panel with a broader middle section, finished with a horizontal strip of varying colours that can be mixed and matched to taste. The Mediterranean infused colour scheme of moss green, Tuscan orange and Bermuda blue, imbue the design with a sense of sun and sea. Italian leather handles are firmly stitched into the bag to ensure strength and functionality are not compromised, but adding a touch of luxury for a sophisticated finish.
Four, bright triangular panels comprise the Jolly4Tone tote bag. The original design uses mustard yellow, vermillon red, teal and a dark basalt grey and mixes not just the colour palette but textures of rough, mesh sailcloth material and glossy, smooth PVC.
Other designs such as the Champagne Tuscan Grey Ziptop Jolly bag and the Ziptop Jolly Bag Silver Mesh, Boulder Grey, Navy Blue, are more basic and use restrained hues such as greys, lilacs, blues and tans.
Each bag is made to order, and delivered in two weeks. Most of the designs are able to be tailored to the customer’s taste. A choice of colours, or a zip or open top tote, are just a few of the options available.