Geometric brights from Patternbooth

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Cara Holland is the brains behind Patternbooth, a blog dedicated to all things geometric, and now a new range of homeware.

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Launched at Home London in January, the range includes lampshades and wallpaper, all of which are made within 70 miles of Cara's home. The collection is built around 2 strong geometric patterns, and a great choice of vivid colours.

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With shades of midcentury and Scandinavian design to it, the collection has been produced with great attention to detail, including double-sided cushions so that you can easily change the look from full-on colour to something more minimal.

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You can buy the range from the Patternbooth shop, or online store Clippings, and you can follow Cara on twitter @patternbooth. I thoroughly recommend checking out her blog too, it's full of great finds and interviews.

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Introducing Zedhead Designs

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Zedhead Designs is the lifestyle brand of textile print designer Zoe Thompson. With a big emphasis on print, Zoe takes her inspiration from nature, animal prints, exotic feathers, motifs, urban surroundings, graffiti, to street culture. AztecGreyHighRes

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Zoe's unique creative vision and sense of colour has allowed her to produce a range of high quality contemporary printed products, from quirky cushions, statement lampshades and lighting, to an expanding furniture range.

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Using a combination of photography, sketching. expressive graphic design, and the use of digital print technology, has enabled the Zedhead product range to stand apart from any of the limited designs found on the high street.

Monday Brights With Kate Clarke

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Brighten up your Monday mood with these uplifting designs by London based designer Kate Clarke. We are totally obsessed with her unique range of screen-printed homeware products, including mugs, trays, cushions, tea towels, coasters and prints. With a nod and a wink to Scandinavian, Japanese and 1950’s textiles, her designs have a contemporary feel with a retro twist. Fresh, bright, happy homeware to see you into Spring. r-btray2

 

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Products from Kate Clare are available from the Southbank Centre shops.

Introducing Linda Bloomfield

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During our visit to Maison d'objet we had the privilege of bumping into Linda Bloomfield. A long time favourite of ours, therefore we thought it best to share her work here. Linda is a British ceramist who makes hand-thrown porcelain tableware in simple shapes with tactile satin matt glazes and subtly coloured interiors. Her products are so delicate and utterly gorgeous. We honestly cannot get enough of her work.

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Linda Bloomfield - Thrown Porcelain

New for Spring from Betty & Walter

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Betty & Walter launched in 2012, created by British designer Lisa Levis (nee Stickley) who is known for her unique and illustrative prints. Betty and Walter - treacletoffee-crisscross2

Inspired by mid 20th century design and influenced by people and places significant to her, Lisa’s designs begin life as drawings and paintings by her own hand which are then made into accessories which are feminine, practical and easy to use; complete with well thought out functionality and attention to detail.

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Bags and purses come with quirkily hidden printed pockets, brilliantly bold blocky handles and considered features. The Betty & Walter bag does its job whilst being wittily stylish at the same time. With mugs, tea towels, aprons and frilly pinnies also available there is no excuse not to include a cheery addition to your kitchen too!

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Betty & Walter is named after Lisa's aunt and uncle who lived in The Bungalow on 5 Elms Road. Being cattle dealers for the local farm, most working days were spent at cattle markets and the rest of their time was filled with cooking steak and kidney pie, tending to honeysuckle and harvesting raspberries, going to parties to play Matchbottle and Newmarket and drinking Camp coffee!

Heart Home New Designer - byKirsty

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It has been a busy year for byKirsty  successfully receiving Arts Council of Wales funding to help develop the business and marketing side of her business. Culminating in exhibiting at designjunction in September, where she exclusively launched the new lighting range from byKirsty  in collaboration with Sian Elin . Sphery byKirsty-2

This brand new lighting range combines excellent product design, with a stunning surface pattern. The new table and floor lamps fuse the signature Sphery lighting range from byKirsty , with the bold geometrics of Sian Elin  – with clean mid-century modern lines in a range of popping colours. Designed and made in Wales.

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On top of all this, byKirsty  is now selling on the on-line shopping site notonthehighstreet.  Have a look and see what will look beautiful in your home.

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byKisrty will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46. Join us for a 'tweetup' on Sunday 12th at 12pm.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Quirk & Rescue

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Ms. Pink and Mr Black are the creative partnership behind Quirk & Rescue, an East London design company specialising in wallpaper, cushions, fabric and bespoke hand-painted furniture. Quirk & Rescue - At Home London Jan 2014 on Heart Home stand M46 [1]

 

All their designs are original, based on elements as diverse as typography, music and 19th century optical illusions.

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Their signature style is bold colours combined with flat graphics, resulting in a range of products that are both classic and modern.

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You can also commission them to develop a product based on your unique personal or corporate style. So if you would like to discuss your design ideas or needs, from punky cushions to bespoke painted furniture, and from retro fabrics to vibrant wallpaper they urge you to get in touch.

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Quirk & Rescue will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Anna Dent Studio

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Anna Dent Studio was an obvious choice for us when we were choosing our 10 designers for Home London 2014. Anna has been a contributor to this blog for some time now and we have long been admirers of her distinctive illustrative style. Anna Dent Studios - At Home London Jan 2014 on Heart Home stand M46 [1]

Anna trained in Fine Art and has been designing patterns and fabric since 2011. She particularly loves fabric design from the 1940s-1970s, Scandinavian design and modernist furniture and architecture, so her work is inspired by these wonderful colours, shapes and patterns but always with a fresh and contemporary twist. We were blown away the first time she did an illustration especially for our blog - here.

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She is working hard developing a growing range of products featuring her designs and is selling greeting cards, placemats, coasters, teatowels and prints on her Folksy shop, all of which are made in the UK.

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Anna also confesses to have a bit of an obsession with detail, which means she works hard to make sure her products are always great quality, neither is she a fan of excess plastic, so wherever possible she use recycled and/or biodegradable packaging.

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Anna Dent will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Home Slice Design

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Home Slice Design is on a mission to celebrate the everyday, the over-look and  the unsung heroes of Britain, it is the creative partnership of illustrator Steph Parr, and product designer Ellie Gregory,  who create homewares to uplift and amuse. CHIPPY PLATES ALL 4

With a shared love for greasy spoons, nostalgic memories and forgotten champions of the British pantry; their designs have bags of personality, balancing craftsmanship, illustration and their unique humour. Based in East London,  everything Home Slice create is made and produced in the UK by small independent manufactures if not by themselves.

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“We have a special sense of humour(!), a comforting humour that draws from references we’ve all  grown up with or see everyday, but don’t necessarily pay attention to. We like to think that, in our own small way, we’re championing the unsung domestic heroes of Britain and creating homewares that inspire nostalgia and optimism and the occasional smirk.” Ellie Gregory, Home Slice Design.

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Their talent has won them exclusive commissions from the South Bank Centre and recognition and praise from The Times, Living Ect and The Observer.

Home Slice Design will be introducing a new selection of Glassware in Spring 2014, working with UK factories in Stoke on Trent to create a brand new range inspired by G&T’s in the pub, dusty decanters and ‘Nana’s Finest’.

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Home Slice Design will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Melissa Smith Textiles

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Surface pattern designer Melissa Davin-Smith has been chosen as one of ten up and coming designers to showcase her first design collection at HOME London. _MG_7443

Melissa’s designs feature bold hand-drawing and colourful geometric shapes. She cites her work in the flooring trade as a huge influence in her work. Being surrounded by patterns, colours and textures on a daily basis has helped her product a well rounded selection of designs that suit all manner of mediums, from notebooks to cushions.

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Melissa Davin-Smith works closely with a digital printing company in the UK, who she chose for their friendly approach and eco-friendly Organic Cotton base cloths.

From her screen printed one colour designs when starting out, Melissa is excited about the future of her digital designs, showcasing two new multi-coloured designs at HOME London.

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The range is full of fun colours, modern florals and striking geometric shapes on cushions, lampshades, pouches, notebooks, and fabrics.  The seven collections include Dot, Chevron, Fern, Starburst, Emerald, Dash and Button.  All items are digitally printed onto Natural Organic Cotton Twill base cloth in the UK and items are hand sewn by Melissa in her studio in the UK.

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Melissa Davin-Smith will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Kirath Ghundoo

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Kirath Ghundoo's wallpaper and surface pattern designs are inspired by a multitude of daily encounters, from a cocktail at her favourite bar, to capturing someone’s eclectic look, all the time gathering snippets of sumptuous colour and pattern to work from. She loves to explore mismatched colour palettes and pushes boundaries to create original work, her designs are a fusion of all things ‘her’! Kirath Ghundoo - At Home London Jan 2014 on Heart Home stand M46 [1]

Kirath is based in County Durham, and launched her first wallpaper collection ‘Mix ‘n’ Match 11’ at 100% Design, London in September 2011 with Living etc labelling her as "the queen of pretty geometrics."

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To us, she epitomizes the fun side of design, yet with only such a short time on the design scene, the inventive nature behind Kirath’s wallpapers has resulted in international recognition within major design press including ELLE Decoration worldwide, Mix, The Independent, The Observer and The Sunday Times to name a few.

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Kirath Ghundoo will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Coucou Manou

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Coucou Manou is a Bath based online furniture and accessories company founded by Nell Beale who has over 19 years experience in designing and making bespoke furniture. Coucou Manou - At Home London Jan 2014 on Heart Home stand M46 [1]

It was Nell's passion for colour that first attracted our attention. That, and her exciting and diverse pieces that have been crafted to the highest standards.

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The website has a beautiful selection of furniture and accessories. Many of the pieces are particularly suitable for children's rooms but they also appeal to the child in all of us at Heart Home too.

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Interesting fact: The name Coucou Manou derives from France. Coucou means 'Hello' or 'Hi' and Manou is an affectionate nickname for Nell's daughter Manon.

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Coucou Manou will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 – 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Caslon&Co

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It was love at first sight when we first saw the pretty retro patterns on the Caslon&Co cushions, tea towels, oven mitts and aprons. Caslon & Co - At Home London Jan 2014 on Heart Home stand M46 [2]

The patterns are created using antique wooden letterpress printing blocks known as ornaments and fleurons which printers traditionally used to add decorative flair to books and posters. They are rarely used nowadays of course and Caslon&Co designer Andy Rouse has given them a new lease of life by putting his collection to good use (and he's got quite a collection) creating patterns for the home.

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Once printed the fabrics are developed into homeware and decorative accessories by skilled craftsmen and women in the UK.

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The rather lovely kitchen aprons are a particular favourite of ours as they add a little vintage style to baking or cooking sessions while covering all the practicalities!

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Caslon&Co will be exhibiting on the Heart Home stand at Home London from 12 - 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

Heart Home New Designer - Holly Francesca

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Don't forget lovely people that Heart Home magazine has a stand this January at Home London and will be sharing it with 10 'New Designers'. Arianna gave you a little introduction to this event here, but over the next two weeks we will be giving you a more in-depth glimpse of the work of each of the designers and we very much hope that you will be able to pop along to Earls Court and see all of the fabulous products in person and say hi to us all. We're on stand M46. So in no particular order we are kicking off today with designer Holly Francesca.

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Holly designs and sells prints, framed prints and greeting cards that really caught our eye. She starts each design with her own original hand drawings of maps and then adds iconic places which make them ideal for personalising. You can add your home, your wedding venue or any place that is special to you. We think they are the perfect gift for someone special.

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In fact we can think of lots of reasons to have one in our own homes too!

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The prints shown here can be bought on Holly's website or she offers a completely bespoke service. So if you would rather see yourself walking the dog in Hyde Park for instance - no problem.

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Home London is on from 12 - 14 January. Earls Court 2, London.

Heart Home magazine will be on stand M46.

Also in association with Pressloft UK.

 

 

Meet... Something Studio

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One of the secrets to a good looking home, is one that’s filled with personality and full of items that show off what the homeowner loves. As a certifiable TV and movie addict, discovering Something Studio has made me very happy indeed. My walls are about to get much more interesting.

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Having previously worked for super brands including Mercedes, Nokia and New Era - Paul Cooper is the illustrator, animator and graphic designer man behind these posters, which show off his talent and appreciation of popular culture.

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Using print and digital media, Paul takes inspiration from iconic TV shows, films, sports and puts his distinctive spin on them, creating these conversation starting pieces.

Great subjects, accessibly priced with a contemporary edge get a big yes from me.

A bespoke/commission service is available - visit Something Studio for details and prices.

Images courtesy of Peachy PR.

Up-and-coming new designers at Renegade Craft Fair

A great place to start your Christmas shopping is the Renegade Craft Fair, taking place on 9 & 10 November at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London. Renegade Craft Fair London

A whole host of up-and-coming designers and crafty people will be there with brilliantly original gifts, loads of which are handmade.

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I'm very excited to let you know that I'll be there too, with my range of colourful retro-influenced kitchenware, and a brand new range of handmade lampshades which will be launched exclusively at Renegade. I'll also be giving away a 10% discount for my online shop, so you can save on your shopping until the end of November.

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Entry is free, and there will also be music and workshops with Mollie Makes and The Amazings. Hope to see you there!

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Knitted home accessories from Seven Gauge Studios

Seven Gauge Studios is the work of Joy Bates, who started her own label in 2010 after a successful career designing knitted fabric for the likes of Nicole Fahri. Geometric wool cushion by Seven Gauge Studio

Inspired by her collections of vintage fabric and old knitting patterns, Joy designs and produces beautiful contemporary home and fashion accessories including blankets, cushions and scarves.

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She has a passion for colour and pattern which shines through in her products, which are a great blend of the traditional and the modern.

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All of Joy's products are made in her own studio and with the help of a small local family-run factory, and you can find them in a range of stores, as well as online.

Joy says that it's a privilege for her to be able to create her products entirely from scratch, and I think her enjoyment really shows in the end results.

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Vibrant hand-printed homeware from Kangan Arora

Kangan Arora exhibited at Design Junction as part of the London Design Festival, and her eye-catching colours really stood out. Screen printed cushions by Kangan Arora

Kangan is a contemporary textile designer from the plains of North India, now living in London. You can see the influence of Indian street culture and life on the highways in the colour and energy of her handcrafted products, as well as a strong modern streak in the simple shapes and geometric patterns.

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She also combines screen-printing with traditional hand embroidery and appliqué, as you can see on this fun cushion featuring an Indian wedding band.

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You can find out more about Kangan on her website, and buy her products online.

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Geometric print homeware from Tamasyn Gambell

There was a huge wealth of talent at the recent London Design Festival, from brand new companies and independent designers, to new ranges from the big names in furniture, fabric, interiors and more. Tamasyn Gambell chairs

The first designer that caught my eye was Tamasyn Gambell. Based in London, Tamasyn's ethos is all about eco-friendly and sustainable production, and she shows without doubt that this can go hand in hand with sophisticated design and high quality materials.

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Inspired by the bold graphic style and colours of the Art Deco movement, Tamasyn's new collection includes lampshades, cushions and stunning upholstered armchairs, and I just love the mix of vibrant bright colours and more subtle chalky tones in the patterns.

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You can buy the new range from Tamasyn's website or from a variety of stockists around the UK and further afield.

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Spotted: Tori Murphy at Tent London

Tori Murphy confesses that as a designer, she is  fuelled by a love of pattern, texture & colour and her approach to design has developed since graduating from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Textiles, and then honed when working for a Milan textiles house where she designed for clients including Christian Dior, DKNY & Fendi. Tori Murphy 1

She is driven by a desire to create products with character & integrity, and is very proud to say her fabric is woven in Lancashire, washed in the Yorkshire Dales & made up into product in Nottingham.

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Launched in June 2012 and now a compact team of three,  Tori Murphy products tell a story of creativity, determination and great British craftsmanship.