Celebrating

New Patterned Papers

So inspired by the Opus Sectile (a practice dating back to antiquity) marble floors of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Bridie drew variations of her own. Unlike the Byzantines, she was fundamentally lacking in access to great quantities of precious marbles from the sacred and civic buildings of the Eastern Roman Empire, so she’s printed her collection out as a range of patterned papers instead! 

Printed in England.
Dimensions: Length 70cm x Width 48cm.

Double Shadowed Hellenic Meander

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Venetian Diamond Grid

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Byzantine Geometric

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Venetian Box Grid

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Venetian Stud

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Shadowed Hellenic Meander

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Greek Key

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Attic Hammer Frieze

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Greek Fret

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Wedgwood Wonderland

Every couple of years I take a trip up to Stoke-on-Trent to look in on pottery projects that are in the pipeline and always manage to fix a visit to the Wedgwood Museum. It’s a Disneyland for adults. I am struck every time that this collection was on the brink of going to auction a few years ago when the company was sold to a private equity firm.

Every display holds the most precious pieces of pottery that were once a part of the everyday. I’m always saddened to think that this kind of quality of craftsmanship is now deemed too labour intensive to viably produce and can’t help but think that this attitude in some way contributes to fanning the flames in no longer valuing domestic objects that are built to last a lifetime. Buy cheap, buy twice I say! Bring back quality pottery!

Speaking of quality, please excuse the quality of the pictures. I was so involved in properly gawking at everything, when it came to composition composure, there wasn’t any!

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Pride Intaglio Lamp

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Glenn Brown & Rembrandt at the BM

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Love at first sight cc – tapis handmade rugs at Maison & Objet

Nothing enlivens a room quite like an exciting rug, I often dream about designing the most outlandish rugs in terrific colour ways.

It was love at first sight last Friday when I came across the cc-tapis stand at Maison & Objet in Paris. It looks like they’ve been working with that brief all along. What a thrill to find cc-tapis. Now I can dream about designing rugs for them.

 

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Smythson Styling

 

It’s wonderful to see my End of Day Confetti lamp and Classical Urn decoupage tray used in Smythson’s Christmas campaign. What a thrill to see them in such good company. 

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Francois Halard: A Visual Education

 

Having bought the Francois Halard book months ago and have it sit unopened next to my desk and all the while it’s filled with the interiors of my dreams.

 

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Can you say the alphabet backwards?

It has been astonishing but not wholly surprising to see the Alphabet brush pots being such a success, what a wonderfully fun thing to have produced. Making these has taught me a few good lessons in production logistics and bought me into contact with some brilliant people, long may it last. And I am bursting with pride to say that they are handmade in London (aside from the glass which is of course the finest blown crystal from Slovakia).

It gives me great pleasure to launch the new range of colours based on flowers. Carnation, Lilac, Cowslip, Bean Shoot, Peony and Periwinkle. 

Available now at Pentreath & Hall

 

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As easy as ABC!

 

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It has been so much fun developing this range of brush pots. Of course it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I even had a good time writing the copy for them, they’ve been popular from the very get go and I’m really looking forward to seeing some pictures of them in their newfound homes.

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Workroom Profile V: Melodi Horne Soft Furnishings

I am sitting down with Melina Blaxland-Horne, newly installed in unit 17a Rugby Street here in Bloomsbury, surrounded by her beautiful silk ikat lampshades and cushions. The first question I have to ask her is “Where did the name Melodi Horne come from?”

A smile spreads across her face “Ok but don’t laugh.  No one has ever known this until now.  Me. Lo. Di.  Melina. Loves. Dimitri.” Dimitri, her husband, is sitting to my left “That’s right” he says “This is all about love.”

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