The William Morris quote ‘have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ could have been written for Baileys Home and Garden. They were recycling long before it was fashionable to do so and the fact that all of the products on their website are also simply charming is testament to their unfailing eye for the beauty in the utilitarian and their repair, reuse, rethink integrity.
As they say ‘One of our favourite things is to reuse unloved bits and pieces (small or large) that we find on our travels, and give them a new lease of life - it's our version of recycling... so abandoned bobbins from old textile mills turn up on our shelves as egg timers, lamp bases or string holders; scraps of floor board become mirror frames, tables or even kitchen units’.
In addition they also design new products. Many with a subtle sense of humour and all with nice labels.
And they also source some new things from small family run companies who have been making the same things for generations.
William Morris would have been proud.