The Blog

New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from design fairs, and other things we like...

Decorex ’11 highlights

A brilliant Decorex by general agreement: buzzy, a high foot-fall and a real sense that the top end of the decoration market is more than holding its own. We were the busiest we’ve ever been and our stand with a...

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Ester & Erik candles

  Danish company Ester & Erik  were exhibiting again at Top Drawer with this great display of their hand-made taper candles. Ester and Erik Møller began producing dipped candles in 1987.  Today the company produces tapered, block and conical candles...

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Soane Fabrics

Soane Britain, who have been creating wonderful furniture, lighting and accessories for 15 years, are launching Soane Fabrics with a range that features eight designs in different colourways.  Soane’s founder Lulu Lytle has collected antique fabrics and textiles for years...

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Holkham Linseed Paint

Linseed oil paint, which was first used in the 1700s, is enjoying a revival. A natural and environmentally-friendly method of protecting wood, it is also easy to use and durable, lasting, on average, 10 to 15 years before it needs...

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Tartan silks

It’s traditional Highland games season and silk specialists James Hare have launched a new collection of silk tartans in 73 authentic Scottish patterns, ranging from the monochrome Erskine to the full-on Royal Stewart. Perfect for curtains, bed drapes, cushions, lampshades...

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Zinc lamps

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Popham Design

We love Popham Design‘s Moroccan cement tiles, with their original take on geometric motifs inspired by Renaissance and Islamic designs. Grouped into four collections (scribbles & loops, classics & twists, flora & fauna, plain & shapely), each design is handmade...

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Damien Hirst wallpaper

At the last International Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia, antique dealer Christopher Hodsoll had papered the walls of his stand in some of the medical-themed wallpaper Damien Hirst designed for The Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill Gate, which...

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The Tain mussel project

After the floral jockey jackets (see earlier post) we had to show you shell artist Blott Kerr Wilson’s amazing garments made from mussel shells. Her past projects include shellwork gardens and rooms as well as skilful restoration work, but this...

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The Shepherd’s Return

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Floral jockey silks

Hard to believe that these colourful and theatrical outfits are made of flowers… They were among the treats at this year’s Chelsea Flower show, and are the entries for the final round of the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the...

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Out of the house

We loved Katharine Morling ‘s ‘Out of the House’ installation at this year’s Collect Fair. Made up of unglazed, almost life-size ceramic pieces, each with her signature black outline, there was a ‘grass skirt shed’ furnished with lots of objects,...

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Quirky runners

Alternative Flooring have just launched their ‘Quirky’ Collection of British-made runners made on traditional Wilton looms but with bold new designs. There are spots, plaids, geometrics and a faux-zebra skin, in colours ranging from lime and pink to black, grey...

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