4th August 2015

So this was a surprise: I was approached by Terrys Fabrics to be interviewed for a Designer Insights feature on their blog. Of course I said yes! To be honest my first thought was, well, I’m not a designer. I write about what other people design as opposed to embracing the challenge myself. But I do spend a significant part of my life thinking about design so…

My favourite part was, of course, choosing five items to feature. I’m not particularly into seasonal things as such; I like good design that lasts, design you simply never tire of, so my top 5 were:

The beautiful G & T Carve Occasional Table designed by Bethan Gray with a timber base and hand-carved marble top. I’ve been in love with this piece literally since I laid eyes on it. To me, this is a modern classic.

The Copenhagen Pendant SC8 by &tradition. Once again, instantly lustworthy, and I like this slightly industrial aesthetic.

The Temple scarf in Coffee from Block Shop Textiles. I discovered Block Shop a few years back and could live with the entire collection. Each piece is printed and dyed in Rajasthan and every part of the process is manual, from the design stage through to the fabric being printed with wooden blocks, which means that no two pieces are identical. In a world of mass production, I love this ethos.

The Horizon rug in grey/natural by Woodnotes, which has the most beautiful tones.

And last but definitely not least, any kitchen by deVOL, but the one photographed here is the Cotes Utility Room. Again, there’s marble. I clearly have a thing about marble. And no matter how many amazing sleek kitchens I see, personally, I would always choose this more classic Shaker-style. This is my dream kitchen.

When you’re surrounded by images of products all the time, it’s interesting to sit down and consider which designs resonate most on a personal level. What would your top 5 look like?

See the blog post over on Terry Fabrics.



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