Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain

Burne-Jones was one of the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, taking the movement towards Symbolism. While still calling on the stories of myth and legend, his work reflected more on mood rather than the realistic depiction of the natural world, which had been at the heart of the original Pre-Raphaelite Movement.


From his Fulham studio, alongside paintings, he also produced stained glass, tapestry, furniture and jewellery - which was very much in the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement of William Morris and Pre-Raphaelites such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Having met William Morris and Rossetti, he abandoned his original studies and turned instead to creating works of brilliant colour and intensity.


Like William Morris, he made no distinction between art and craft and became one of the main designers for Morris & Co. Taking inspiration from Edward Burne-Jones’ love of colour and his interest in family and home, we have sourced some furniture and furnishings to cosy-up-with during the cold winter months, conjuring up the lushness expressed in his work.

Sofa Workshop have a range of sofas which work well in both a neutral interior or with darker tones as seen here.

Sofasofa reflect painterly colours and hues, seen in many of Burne-Jones paintings including the subtle variations of colour reflected in this selection.


We especially love the range from Neptune, a company we have featured before. Their respect for natural materials and craft is at the heart of their products. This range of soft furnishings from their collection both reflects the colours and the ethos of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

 The Grange

The Grange

Further inspiration from Burne-Jones own home ‘The Grange’….

Also try creating your own Pre-Raphaelite moodboard using Designers Guild easy online tool.



 Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones  Detail from The Annunciation

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Detail from The Annunciation

Anni Albers at Tate Modern

Galleries and museums didn’t show textiles, that was always considered craft and not art. When it’s on paper it’s art. Anni Albers 1984

Anni Albers, one of the foremost textiles designers of the twentieth century, is finally getting long overdue recognition in a major exhibition of her work at Tate Modern. Three hundred and fifty items will be on display including drawings and prints. Her weavings, often referred to as ‘pictorial weavings’, played an important role in re-defining craft as an art form.

 Anni Albers  Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging,  1926 © The Josef & Annie Albers Foundation

Anni Albers Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging, 1926 © The Josef & Annie Albers Foundation

As a young female art student at The Bauhaus School in the 1920’s, with a preference to becoming a painter, she was encouraged to take up weaving, then perceived as women’s art and therefore a more suitable course for the female students, textiles would become her key mode of artistic expression.

 Anni Albers  Card Weaving at Black Mountain College  © State Archives of North Carolina

Anni Albers Card Weaving at Black Mountain College © State Archives of North Carolina

Many of her designs were inspired by the work of her teacher, the artist Paul Klee and fellow student & husband, Josef Albers. Ironically her woven wall hangings, shawls and blankets became one of the most successful products to come out of the school.

Her truth to materials, adherence to hand-crafting traditions combined with her modernist geometric patterns and the inclusion of the new synthetics also informed a more aesthetic approach to mass production.

 Anni Albers  Intersecting,  1962 © The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation / ARS / DACS

Anni Albers Intersecting, 1962 © The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation / ARS / DACS

Albers was fascinated by the traditional uses of textile and thread-making yet while adhering to traditional techniques she was also keen to produce items that combined aesthetic appeal with functionality.

Mass produced furniture and textiles play an important and essential part in our domestic lives, but the ancient arts of weaving and hand production are becoming ever more popular and a number of manufactures, artisans and craftspeople are responding by revitalising these traditions.

 Angie Parker Textiles

Angie Parker Textiles

We took a look at some contemporary furnishings and fabrics currently available - many of which are inspired by Anni Albers and by traditional creative processes - and how we can integrate these ideas into our own interiors.

Bristol based, Angie Parker weaves intricate rugs, on a Glimakra Floor loom, she describes her beautiful rugs as ‘floor art’ and we have to agree, they are meticulously woven in re-claimed wool in a palette of unashamed bright colours. Watch her video below.

Christopher Farr Cloth designs bespoke fabrics using both digital and hand printing techniques drawing inspiration from a variety of creative sources including among others the design influence of Anni Albers.

 Christopher Farr Cloth

Christopher Farr Cloth

We particularly like the textiles from Royal College of Art trained artist, Margo Selby. Weaving and high quality fibres are at the heart of her gorgeous textiles which include furnishing fabrics, rugs, art pieces and accessories all of which can be integrated into both traditional and contemporary interiors

 Margo Selby

Margo Selby

All of the designs from Eleanor Pritchard are woven by highly skilled British weaving mills. Many use traditional shuttle looms in Lancashire, West Wales and Bute off the coast of Scotland. Like the Anni Albers designs many have a strong graphic quality with pared back geometrics using inky tones and occasional sharp accent colours, and again, work well in both contemporary and traditional design schemes. An exclusive granite colourway of Eleanor’s Dovetail Design has been made especially for the Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern.

 Eleanor Pritchard’s Dovetail Granite blanket for Tate - Photo: Elliott Denny

Eleanor Pritchard’s Dovetail Granite blanket for Tate - Photo: Elliott Denny

Anni Albers is at Tate Modern until 27 January 2019

Click here for more information

 Anni Albers  Untitled , 1941 © The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

Anni Albers Untitled, 1941 © The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

Decorex International

London Design Festival 2018 is taking place between 15–23 September at a number of venues across London. It encompasses exhibitions, events and installations as well as being a showcase for some of the most talented and innovative designers. 


Decorex International is a Partner Organisation of The London Design Festival. It’s a little further out of central London than many of the other contributors, but it’s definitely worth the journey to see so many brilliant designs in the gorgeous surroundings of Syon Park. Here were some of the exhibitors who caught our eye…

Jonathan Rogers - STAND K54

Rogers creates glass vessels using traditional blowing and finishing techniques, the finished pieces are understated and fluid, beautifully reflecting colour and light.

Bethan Gray - STAND B29

Bethan Gray’s design philosophy draws on various cultural references, combining contemporary practice with classical craft traditions of the East and West. Her signature style includes the use of luxurious materials with purity of line. 

Amy Kent Bespoke Rugs - STAND E40A

Amy Kent’s range of bespoke rugs is a beautiful collection of hand-made rugs, crafted in India and Kathmandu. The range combines a look that is both classic and contemporary, fitting in with either modern and more traditional interiors. 

Blackbird - STAND F28

Alongside an eclectic collection of lighting, mirrors, tables and home accessories, Blackbird is launching a new bespoke range at Decorex this year.

Paint and Paper Library - STAND C31

Paint and Paper Library offers a fabulous, carefully curated palette of over 180 unique colours, including a traditional, historical and a contemporary range to which they have added a range of wallpapers. 

A Rum Fellow - STAND A41

Finally we enjoyed what A Rum Fellow have to offer this year as we love their ethically produced artisan rugs and textiles which blend with both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Find out more about the London Design Festival here.

Shoreditch Style

Ahead of the London Design Festival 2018, we took a look at some of Shoreditch's creative companies, a number of whom will be exhibiting at this years festival. 

In recent years the remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre have been discovered. Historically Shoreditch was known for its links with theatre, entertainment and a thriving textile trade. Although much of this disappeared, the area is again a hub of creativity with many independent manufacturers, bars, restaurants and shops. Here's our favourites, which you can visit in a day enjoying the area and all within close proximity to each other with plenty of cafes and eateries for a quick refresh.

Check out The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall for modern British cooking in an elegant interior.

Claybrook recently moved into their new studio and showroom in Shoreditch. Across two floors you’ll find their gorgeous range of floor and wall tiles on display. Advice and samples are readily available. Here are some of our own favourite looks from the range...

Unto This Last  takes its name from an essay by John Ruskin, a leading Victorian art critic and patron, champion of the Pre-Rahaelites and supporter of the Arts and Crafts movement. The company operates a unique open studio from their Brick Lane premises, producing their furniture and products in full view of the customers. Their process allows them to cut down on costs by eliminating transport, warehousing and packaging costs - delivering direct from workshop to customer. We love the clean, simple lines of their hand-produced furniture and accessories.

20 years ago British Standard started out with a unique ethos, the name referring to exactly what they produced; primed ready to paint, standard sized cabinetry which can be fitted and painted by the customer in whatever configuration they want. Their design team help you every step of the way to achieve the kitchen or storage space you need. They've now added bespoke kitchens which they can install for you. We particularly like the simple understated designs.

As well as being a working studio, offering high quality restoration and re-upholstery, Shoreditch Design Rooms also offers accredited courses and individual classes, if you want to try your hand at a traditional craft. Shoreditch Design Rooms has established itself as the most innovative and successful upholstery training centre in the country, offering small class sizes and expert tuition.

For a truly unique shopping experience stop by Boxpark Shoreditch, the worlds first pop-up shopping mall. Constructed entirely from re-fitted shipping containers, the mall has everything from popular street food and global brands, to clothing and individual homewares suppliers. 

Originally an on-line store, Decorum now have a presence in Boxpark... this homewares store stocks an eclectic mix of vintage, modern and contemporary items and supports new and up-and-coming designers and artisans.

Labour and Wait is another shop with an interesting name which this time takes its inspiration from a poem by Longfellow. Their approach to the selection of items on sale is based on simplicity, functionality, and endurance - items which mellow over time and are not discarded but improve with age. Trading for over 18 years, they are housed in a former Victorian pub, with branches in Dover Street Market London & New York and Sendagaya Tokyo.

Don’t forget to stop by Luna & Curious, an independent miniature department store owned by three creatives with a vision to offer a wonderful mix of products focusing on British manufacture.

Well made in England and designed for you, is a key concept of Kent & London. Their custom made crafted furniture and kitchens using English woods are hand-built to last and become an integral part of your lifestyle. Pop in to their large airy space in Shoreditch to see their range of kitchens, furniture and homewares.

Monologue London is a contemporary concept store on the popular Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. They focus on conceptual design, emerging designers, interiors and homeware. Monologue carries an exclusive selection of curated items for the home and a handpicked range of design accessories and furniture. 

We'll be reviewing the London Design Festival 2018 taking place this September.

Summer in the City

Now that summer's really here we’re heading outdoors... London's art galleries and museum spaces such as Somerset House, The Royal Academy and Tate are taking advantage of the summer months and providing outdoor activities including theatre, film screenings, food vans and urban beaches.


For those lazy days and evenings when you just want to relax at home we had a look at a few ideas for transforming our personal outdoor space into a cool and calming urban retreat. We love Lombock’s Sambala Collection... perfect for outdoors but just as beautiful inside if you want to create a garden atmosphere or use in a conservatory. The range is part of the Trees4Trees scheme - with every item purchased from the Sambala collection, a contribution will be made towards planting new trees in Indonesia. Each piece is handcrafted from reclaimed Indonesian teak which is then distressed by hand, enhancing the natural characteristics of the wood. 

Lombok - Sambala Collection

With London’s microclimate, tropical plants can thrive, and just a few grouped together, either in borders or containers around a carefully curated seating or dining area can create the illusion of a tropical retreat. Urban Tropics based in London’s Highgate, show us how to transform even the smallest patio or balcony into a green haven, including advice on bursts of tropical flowers and plants which can thrive in the city.

Urban Tropics

We were delighted to discover East London Parasol Company - each of their parasols is traditionally handcrafted. The company maintains an ethos of producing ethical artisanal parasols and textiles. Many of the processes can't be mechanised, and if they were, the beauty and personality of the fabrics would be lost. 

Their textiles and cushions range can transform the most English garden into a tropical retreat.

Opium in Chelsea’s Worlds End is a treasure trove of Indian artifacts including antiques, furniture, mirrors and screens alongside contemporary crafts from India including these hand-made bamboo screens which could be used to create a shaded and secluded area, either on a balcony, patio or greenhouse.



Use an antique mirror to reflect your greenery and add a sense of space and vista to an area of your garden, or place a carved screen against a wall for an instant transformation.

Vintage throws on a chair or sofa, and the addition of candles and small artifacts completes the effect.

Here are some other ideas to complete the look... 

Even if you don’t have an outdoor space you can still create a cool green oasis indoors. The benefits of indoor greenery go further than the purely aesthetic. Plants are known to provide cleaner air by removing pollutants and can act as a mood enhancer. Patch will source and hand-deliver indoor plants suited to your environment and provide handy tips for easy plant maintenance.

For more garden inspo take a look at our previous Frida Kahlo blog. 

Urban Tropics

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018

"It's a celebration of making stuff!" Grayson Perry RA.


The Royal Academy 250th Summer Exhibition is in full swing until August 19th. As the largest open submission exhibition in the world unknown, emerging and lesser known artists have the opportunity of seeing their work displayed among the work of the famous.

 © Royal Academy of Arts

© Royal Academy of Arts

The summer show has run continuously for 250 years and this year proves to be one of the most colourful shows so far... as we would expect having been coordinated by Grayson Perry RA.

 © Royal Academy of Arts

© Royal Academy of Arts

Looking around  at the eclectic selection of painting, sculpture, film and prints which are highly representative of what is happening in the contemporary art world, I wonder what early critics would have made of today’s selection! 

 Joana Vasconcelos - ROYAL VALKYRIE - on display in the Wohl Central Hall

Joana Vasconcelos - ROYAL VALKYRIE - on display in the Wohl Central Hall

It is hard to believe that in the late 1800’s the then rebellious young Pre-Raphaelite painters were vilified by the press and public. Even the great writer Charles Dickens, railed against their "wasted talent"! When Millais’ painting of Ophelia was displayed in the Summer Exhibition of 1852 critics slated it, now of course it is one of the gems of Tate Britain’s collection. The two buildings of the Royal Academy were recently united with a new corridor where Millais' paint palette is on display. Clearly, he was eventually forgiven!

The artworks spill over into a greater area than in past years, and as this is a celebratory year there are plenty of other activities, talks and workshops taking place. Don’t miss The Great Spectacle or the Friday Lates when the gallery stays open until 10pm, and enjoy music and a cocktail in the courtyard from the comfort of a deckchair.


With so much on view it’s hard to make a choice... we’ve made a pick of some of our most coveted from around £400 to £50,000.



Mallorcan Ikat and Mediterranean Inspiration

'Ikat is an artistic technique that is quite remarkable, exciting and transcendental' - Pablo Picasso, 1957

Mallorcan Ikat has become emblematic of the artisanal heritage of the Island and is its unique version of Central Asian Ikat fabrics. Weaving and ceramic production are of great historical importance in Mallorca, and the skills and individual variation of styles have been handed down through several generations. 

 © Teixits Vicens

© Teixits Vicens

Ikat is known on the island as ‘the cloth of tongues’ (llengues) because of the impression of a flame created by some of the patterns. 

 © Teixits Vicens

© Teixits Vicens

There are three families of textile producers of Ikat fabrics, each with their own unique style and products. It's possible to take fascinating guided tours and watch the ancient weaving and hand processes they employ. One thing they share in common, as well as following a centuries old tradition, is that they all take inspiration from the mediterranean.

 © Teixits Riera

© Teixits Riera

Teixits Riera is a family based artisanal textile workshop founded in 1896. Based in Lloseta, the company is dedicated to a manufacturing process which follows a time-honoured process handed down through generations of their family and nurtures a high regard for preserving the artisanal heritage of Mallorca. Their textiles are inspired by their proximity to the Serra de Tramuntana, the mountain range which cuts across the Island revealing incredible vistas of sea and mountain peaks. These vistas are reflected in the patterns and motifs of their designs. All Teixits Riera fabrics are of natural material... here are some of their colourful designs.


Teixits Vicens. At a young age and working from the notes left by his textile weaver father, Martí Vicenç went on to dedicate his life to continuing the family traditions, developing his own style of ‘llengües'. He expanded the classic patterns using traditional colours of dark & light blues, greens & yellows, combining new colorways and creating a freer style incorporating multi-colours, plains and stripes while staying true to the hand-made production ethos of his family. Inspired by nature and natural objects he also became a painter. His tradition continues and you can visit the factory in Pollença which also produces ceramics.


Here is our pick of the range on offer... sadly the adorable dog is not for sale!

Artesania Textil Bujosa founded in 1949 and located in Santa María del Camí just 15km from Palma, is a family-run business managed by a third generation of artisans. Alongside the iconic Ikat ‘telas de lenguas’ they also produce a range of silks, cottons and linens using traditional craft techniques and natural hand-dyed colours in stripes and plains.

While putting together some interior ideas inspired by the Ikat principles we were delighted to discover A Rum Fellow, a London-based design studio dedicated to artisan textiles and a desire for beautifully crafted homewares. Calling on artisans and weaving cooperatives discovered on their worldwide travels, the collection embraces a fine balance between heritage design and a contemporary lifestyle... an ethos which very much reflects the design principles of Devas Designs. Here are some examples from their range.

And here are some further Ikat and mediterranean inspired designs.

To find out more about the Ikat process watch this short video from the Teixits Riera factory.

Omega and Beyond

Omega Workshops and The Bloomsbury Group


"It is time that the spirit of fun was introduced into furniture and into fabrics." Roger Fry

Charleston interior © The Charleston Trust

Omega Workshops opened in July 1913 - the artists involved were members of The Bloomsbury Group... Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant. They were inspired by the work of Arts & Crafts pioneer William Morris, and like Morris, wanted to combine art with design, reject the new mass production and remove the separation between fine art and craft. 

Following in the Arts & Crafts tradition they felt that a well-crafted chair or a beautiful textile design was every bit as important as a fine painting, their work also grew out of a love of nature and a desire for their designs to sit alongside their paintings.

During its short lived existence Omega Workshops produced a range of objects for the home including ceramics, furniture, rugs, glassware, and even clothing - all incorporating bold colours, geometric forms and abstract patterns. Sadly it’s closure was due to what Fry described as ‘public indifference'. It’s hard to believe when today we place so much importance on our home and many of us, interior designers and home-makers alike enjoy the creative challenge of curating a personal environment.

Monk’s House, East Sussex, the home of Virginia Wolfe, sister of Vanessa Bell, decorated by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Omega Workshops radical approach to home interiors and design went on to have a far-reaching effect on decoration as seen in these homewares from Anthropologie.

Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant eventually set up home at Charleston Farmhouse near Lewes in East Sussex... in May a festival takes place in celebration of their ethos and working partnership.

The garden at Charleston © The Charleston Trust

Cressida Bell is the granddaughter of Vanessa, and while her work reflects the influence of her famous heritage, she has created her own take and unique style across a range of gorgeous decorative items... from textiles to ceramics and lamps to bespoke cakes! Samples of her beautiful work are shown below - you can also visit her workshop in Hackney.

Madeleine Bradbury is a Brighton-based painter who creates hand-painted lamps, furniture and accessories inspired by the work of Omega Workshops. We have selected a number of items from her range with more than a hint of The Bloomsbury Group.

For a romantic bedroom inspired by the soft pink hues in the guest bedroom at Charleston (below left) we looked to Cox & Cox for their washed linen bedding and soft velvet chair.

We went in further search of some designs which reflect The Bloomsbury Group ethos and decorative styling. Here is a selection from Sandersons Bloomsbury Canvas Prints and Embroideries, complemented by their Bloomsbury Canvas wallpapers.

Farrow & Ball create wallpapers and richly pigmented paint colours which can be matched to any look or style you want to create. For further inspiration in-line with the design ethos of Omega Workshops we chose these colours from their colour range. 


Affordable Art Fair and Ceramic Art London 2018

Two upcoming fairs to watch out for in London this March are the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea 8th – 11th March and Ceramic Art London at Central Saint Martins 23rd – 25th March.


The Affordable Art Fair is an opportunity to find contemporary art for your home for all tastes and budgets. Inspiring work in a variety of mediums will be on display ready to buy and take home with you. It should be a fun way to browse, as well as the art  on show, there will also be plenty of creative inspiration with free talks and interactive installations.There are over 100  galleries on show and  there will be expert gallerists on-hand to guide you.

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The Craft Potters Association will again present Ceramic Art London hosted by Central Saint Martins. Over ninety of the world's most talented ceramic artists will show and sell their work and for the first time students of CSM will host a ceramic studio where they will make new work in front of the live audience so we can see just how it’s done! This will be a truly immersive experience as visitors will also be allowed to comment on the direction the pieces take as they are made. Here is our own preview of some of the very covetable items you can expect to find.

Carina Haslam Art Stand E5. We loved Alison McWhirter’s studies of flowers, she often mixes paint directly onto the canvas, which adds to their sense of vibrancy and spontaneity.

Edgar Modern Gallery Stand H10. We have selected a number of artists represented by the gallery which we found particularly appealing.

Henrietta Dubrey describes her work as abstract, gestural, and autobiographical... and can’t wait to see them at the Fair

Jessica Cooper RWA. Jessica's work relies on economy of detail - objects and shapes are represented in their essential outline. We love their immediacy and sense of vigour.

Mhairi McGregor RSW uses a limited palette of colours, layering the paint to create these inspiring landscapes.

Grandy Art Stand 5, will be showing a collection of new work by their portfolio of emerging British artists. Here are some which caught our eye.

VJ Keegan has earned a reputation for her fluid painterly style evident in her beautiful still life paintings.

Stephen Palmer paints directly from the local landscape, we loved these French and English scenes. 

As well as some very beautiful ceramics on show and to buy, there will be a programme of ‘Claytalks’ starting on the opening day with contemporary artist and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry’s talk, ‘My Cup of Tea’.


Talking of 'My Cup of Tea'... Sue Pryke creates affordable, functional ceramics using studio slipcasting inspired by the everyday intuitive decision-making we all make on a daily basis when choosing what cup to take from the cupboard for a cup of tea.

Hyu Jin Jo creates a basic shape and then adds intricate textures to the thrown piece. This gives the pieces individuality while incorporating a sense of Korean traditional craft skills. 

Sasha Wardell makes individual bespoke vases, bowls, lighting and tea ware that combine her beautiful craft-making skills.

Rhian Malin's elegant hand-painted porcelain vessels with cobalt-blue decoration are inspired by Willow Pattern. 

The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park is open from 8th until 11th March.

Ceramic Art London at Central Saint Martins is open from 23rd until 25th March.

Visit their websites to find out more and to book tickets.

The New Kettle's Yard

'A living place where works of art could be enjoyed... where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery.' Jim Ede.


Kettle’s Yard house and gallery in Cambridge has just reopened after a two year make-over and extension to its site, it now includes a café and gift shop. However, the original building remains the same and the eclectic collection of its founder Jim Ede is still displayed exactly as before.

 Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard

What makes Kettle's Yard so unique and magical, setting it apart from any other gallery space, is that the modest row of interconnecting houses remain set up as a home. The style is simple and unpretentious, just as when Ede lived there, with sofas, tables, chairs and bookshelves and his collection is displayed without curators notes or labels.

 Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard

Originally, the now iconic Kettle's Yard, was a row of small dilapidated workman’s cottages which Jim Ede, a former Tate curator, acquired and converted into a home for himself and his art teacher wife Helen in 1956.

Ede was an avid collector of modernist British and European ceramics and artworks and amassed a collection which includes paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Jim Ede would display a simple swirl or dish of pebbles with as much respect as he displayed a precious piece of pottery, displaying art and non-art pieces alongside each other.

 Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard

Later he donated the entire collection and the house to Cambridge University, at which time its reputation as a place to visit with reverence grew. His style was based on simplicity and he aspired to create for each room "an atmosphere of quiet and simple charm". The house retains that charm alongside the history it carries within the carefully curated objects. 

We love the effortless style of the home Jim Ede created and the skill of the curators eye which he transferred from his time at the Tate gallery to his own home. We can all use our creativity to curate personal collections or memorabilia and, as Ede has shown in his shell and pebble collections, it’s often how we choose to show those items that is as important as the items themselves. Curating your own collection and changing things around regularly not only brings out our creativity but can make us see things afresh – we may not all own a Lucie Rie dish or a Miro painting but here are a few key ideas to get things started!

For a contemporary take on Jim Ede’s rocking chair and upholstered furniture, try Arlo & Jacob...

We really love the way the paintings and prints are grouped together, sometimes in quite unexpected places, and framed in simple wooden frames allowing the pictures to stand out and also unifying them. Try framing family photographs and prints in matching frames and creating your own gallery to add interest to a stairway or hall for example.

For its clean lines and simplicity, the Galvin Brothers handcrafted furniture is traditionally built but with a contemporary twist.

Have fun curating your own items, and if you want to collect on a shoestring try Habitat for very affordable studio-style pottery or for the real thing go to Maak who will be holding a contemporary ceramics auction in May (online preview from 27 April).

Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge


Kettle's Yard