As you know, modern homewares show, Pulse, opens on 12 May at Earls Court. The Launchpad section will showcase over 160 independent designer-makers. Here, I've picked out 4 of my favourite designers.
This colourful Kites cushion from Kangan Arora is inspired by the site of hundreds of paper kites which are traditionally flown at the Uttarayan Festival in Gujarat, northern India. The festival marks the end of winter in the Hindu calendar, and this seems equally worth celebrating in the UK!
Lotte Cole's great, great grandfather created a forest in Sweden 300 years ago, which her father now manages. Lotte learnt how to make things from wood as a child, and now uses the wood from her family's forest to create contemporary products for the home. This Juniper Slice trivet is made of Juniper wood. The bark is peeled, it is sanded, hand-painted and finished in her London studio.
London potter Linda Bloomfield will be launching her new range of tableware designed specially for the new cafe at the Royal Albert Hall - opening this month. The range includes hand-thrown bone china cups and jugs with a matt satin glaze on the outside, and coloured glazes to the interior. The grey, turquoise and green colours are reminiscent of midcentury modern design. Other items, such as this chubby bone china teapot, were designed by Bloomfield to look and feel similar to her hand-thrown pieces, but are manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent.
Designer and illustrator Virginia Armstrong is the talent behind product company Roddy & Ginger. She describes her style as retro, scandi, folk-inspired. This Asparagus chopping board is part of a new range of boards and trays handcrafted in small batches in Sweden from hard, pressed wood. The chopping boards are heat resistant, and have a wipe clean surface, so they are practical, but definitely not boring!