Our favourite things: British design
We’re nearly there with the unpacking and the new garden is finally coming in to bloom. I swear the old cottage was a Tardis with all the stuff we have.
I have a mantra. Everything I buy for the house has to be both beautiful and practical. This stood us in good stead as the old house was so tiny. Over the years I’ve bought pieces by British artists and designers that I love and all under £50 in the hope that eventually I’d be able to get them out of storage and display them.
I first discovered Ali Miller when one of her tea sets appeared on BBC’s Sherlock. Look, something that managed to distract me from Benedict Cumberbatch must be special. After a serious amount of googling I managed to track the tea set down. Ali takes vintage crockery then adds detail by hand. Her artwork also features other media. At the moment I only have the cup and saucer but would love to add to my collection.
Becka Griffin is a fab Liverpudlian illustrator. I stumbled across her work earlier this year and fell in love. I really like her style. Although this alphabet of cheese print was given to me as a gift (I strongly hinted to people I’d like it) I’ve bought much of her work in form of greetings cards to send to people. I believe her alphabet of biscuits alphabet of cake prints would look wonderful in my kitchen.
Kate Wilson (aka Little Doodles)
I’ve loved Kate’s Little Doodles work for a few years now. I have a bit of a thing for birds in art, don’t ask me why, so how can I resist when birds are paired with patisserie. I love the quirky nature of the prints that have made our guests do a double take when they realise George the fat little bird is sporting an Iced Gem.
This is where my practical rule has been slightly ignored. Not intentional you see. When I got this Made in England rolling pin by Kathleen Hills a few years back I was hoping to use it, but it is so delicate I’ve used it once or twice but I am so scared about breaking it I now just display it.
Next on my list:
I do have a couple more people who’s work I covet. In the future I plan to buy a Celia Hart lino print & some of Sue Bulmer’s work. Now I should really stop buying things for the house and start making blog worthy dishes again.
So which British design gems do you own?