Craftsmen

Waddesdon in gingerbread

A fantastical gingerbread recreation of Waddesdon Manor, made entirely in biscuit, icing and fondant paste, has just gone on display at Waddesdon.  It’s the creation of Biscuiteers, …

Floors of Stone’ new ceramic tiles

Floors of Stone have just launched an exclusive range of handmade ceramic tiles, created and designed in their on-site ceramics studio, at their Cotes Mill showroom. The …

All about straw marquetry, with Simon Orrell

Simon Orrell designs furniture and objects made in unusual and exotic materials, such as shagreen and parchment, mica, gold & silver leaf, and mother of pearl. More …

Marthe Armitage’s new fabrics

Renowned maker Marthe Armitage creates and hand-prints her wallpapers from lino blocks in her studio in Chiswick, in London. Her intricate wallpaper designs, available through archive and …

MYB and the last Nottingham lace looms

The company Morton Young and Borland Ltd was founded in 1900 in Ayrshire, Scotland, to manufacture Scottish Leno Gauze weave, later known as Scottish Madras. MYB Textiles …

Soane’s map of British craftsmen

  Soane has just produced this delightful illustrated ‘Map of Remarkable British Craftsmen & their Workshops’. All of Soane’s furniture, lighting and fabrics is made in workshops …

Graphic Africa

One of the most exciting exhibitions we visited as part of this year’s London Design Festival was Graphic Africa, at Habitat in London’s  King’s Road.  It  showcased  …

A visit to Cox London’s workshop

  We set off last week for Tottenham Hale, in north London, for a tour of Cox London‘s studio and workshop, where a team of thirteen craftsmen …

Ochre’s Seed Cloud

  OCHRE‘s  ‘Seed Cloud’ chandelier is a beautifully-made piece which is more like a sculpture than a light. Although it has a clean and contemporary feel, it’s …

The Royal School of Needlework: archive photos

  The Royal School of Neeedlework was established in 1872 to provide a source of income for women with no financial support and to safeguard traditional craftmanship …

George Jackson’s early 19th century showroom

  George Jackson began creating interior decorative elements around 1780 and is recognised for introducing fibrous plaster into the UK.  His company grew into one of the …

Soane’s rattan workshop

  British furniture company Soane has saved the traditional skill of rattan furniture weaving from extinction by stepping in when one of Britain’s last rattan furniture-making  companies, …

Great British Makers

  Seek & Adore, the online boutique that brings together the work of designer-makers with people looking to buy unique and beautiful things,  is celebrating the creativity …

Spoons

These beautiful spoons are designed by Kirsten Hecktermann and hand-made in Kenya where she grew up. The wooden ones are carved from local managed hardwoods and the wood …

‘Best of British’ at Ann Sacks

American tile company Ann Sacks hosted an inspiring talk last week on ‘Best of British Design’ by Philip Cooper, Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. …