It’s impossible not to be inspired by the sheer beauty and extravagance at The Chelsea Flower Show where nature has been so expertly tamed. I adore this show and gain so many ideas which are endlessly useful for styling. Flowers and plants are perhaps second only to a good pair of scissors in the essential ‘interior stylist’s kit’.
For the second of my British Design Edit posts, I am thrilled to have been given a blog ‘worldwide exclusive’ interview by British porcelain ceramicist Vanessa Hogge. There are two reasons: one is that I love her work but the second is that I believe that very shortly Vanessa will be feted in every blog, newspaper and magazine in the land for her extraordinary work. Gardeners and painters who portray flowers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Marianne North have all been inspirational to Vanessa’s work.
If I was the curator in charge of the Victoria and Albert Museum looking to set aside the best in 21st Century domestic design, I think I would be putting these cushions in my shopping trolley a bit sharpish. I have been following Brighton-based Age of Reason Studios on Instagram for a while but before I tell you my reasons for admiring these cushions so much, I have something to confess…
I am really excited to announce that I will be writing some posts showcasing what I consider to be some of the best of British interior design. Each will feature just one person, product or company. There will be some well-known names in the ‘edit’ but there will also be a host of new designers to discover too. You can expect a mixture of tastes and styles featuring wallpaper, fabric, accessories and furniture.
(caption for images above): Top left: ‘Seafern’ 107/2011 wallpaper, Curio Collection, Cole and Son; ‘Stockholm’striped fabric, Teal/Tomato; ‘Dawn Chorus’ Teal, Winter fabric, Vanessa Arbuthnott; books, Cambridge Imprint; rug, Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company; ‘Hot lips’ silk cushion, Age of Reason Studios; )