Passages Through Colour – the Do Ho Suh Exhibition

To visit the Do Ho Suh exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery is to immerse yourself in colour. This week, both Julia and Louise visited and their Instagram accounts have been flooded with the ghostly images of Suh’s beguiling work. Suh is a Korean artist who has lived a fairly peripatetic life, moving from place to place for education and work. While most of us are concerned with the destination, Suh focuses on the spaces and places in between, the passages that lead us from a to b. In ‘Passage/s’, you walk through a corridor of fabric structures that are 3D representations of places Suh…

A visit to the Josef Frank exhibition

Juliet and I have long admired the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885-1967) – so last week we made a bee-line for the current exhibition which is on at London’s Fashion & Textile Museum.  You may have seen our post of his Tulip fabric on Instagram. I first came across Josef Frank’s work years ago in Juliet’s flat as we were starting to work together. She had upholstered a bench in her kitchen with the Celotocaulis print, originally designed by Josef Frank in 1930. It is a hairy, rooty, green gooseberry like fabric.  I loved its clean aesthetic and gentle subversion: it’s…

Mother's Day Gifts

Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, spoil your Mum with gifts that add a little bit extra. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a lovely gift even more wonderful, then we’re here to help you. Here are some ideas that will really make her day: Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki (the art of wrapping gifts in cloth), we used our tea towels as gift wrap. Screen printed in an array of delightful designs, they make a really special alternative to traditional wrapping paper. Tied around a potted plant, folded over a gourmet treat, or tucked around a bottle of something delicious, it’s the perfect way…

Chicken & Carnation

Design Inspiration: Chicken & Carnation

Proud as a mother hen and bursting with fresh spring colours, we are delighted to introduce the latest print to emerge from our London design studio. Chicken & Carnation is a beautiful three-colour illustration featuring a proud hen strutting amongst a bed of pink and yellow carnations. As a child growing up in Norfolk, my family kept hens and I loved their quirky movement and proud characters. We’ve been hoping to add a Chicken to our collection of prints for a while. We paired the feathery bird with frilly carnations in yellow and pink – and it was love at first sight! We…

Bromptons pennyfarthings tandems

Q&A: Anna Perring, ceramicist and founder of Luna Lighting

At this time of year, the glow of candlelight is a lovely thing. I have a set of delicate porcelain tea light holders lined up on our mantelpiece and I love the ritual of lighting them on a dark winter’s night. Each light is pierced with a tiny pinprick design, the patterns of light that scatter across the room have the quality of fairy lights and fireflies.  The random mixture of her designs also appeals. The tea light holders are individually hand made by ceramicist and fellow studio holder Anna Perring of Luna Lighting. Each one bears the maker’s mark,…

Rabbit & Cabbage kitchen textiles

All Creatures Great & Small

Rabbit & Cabbage was one of the first prints we designed.  We launched it on a deckchair in 2006.  It has remained one of our all-time best-sellers.  Over the years we have tweaked the design a little, but the deckchair remains true to the original. Inspired by tales of Peter Rabbit and the Flopsy Bunnies running amok in Mr McGregor’s garden, the design is filled with nostalgic references to our childhoods. The chocolatey brown and vivid green of the vegetable patch, the lazy buzzing of insects on a summer’s afternoon, and the secret delights of the English country garden.     Like all…

blackbird_bramble_cosmetic bag

Blackbird & Bramble

The inspiration behind our new Blackbird & Bramble print – I particularly love this time of year when the seasons are in transition and the light is softer. There is so much to harvest in the slanting evening sunshine, the hedgerows laden with dark shiny treasure and the air still warm. We pick blackberries for puddings, balanced precariously on tip toe trying to get at the cluster of really big ripe ones just out of reach. The bowl gradually gets fuller but inevitably much of it is crammed into our mouths before it gets back to the kitchen. Hands stained, tummy full.