All posts tagged: Ceramics

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

I do love simple, hand-crafted ceramics, and today you’re in for a treat. I want to introduce you to Mleko Living, a Kraków-based design studio with a mission to simplify and improve our everyday lives. The studio was founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski after they developed a mutual interest in architecture, aesthetics and design while living in different European cities. They have just launched a lovely, new collection of stoneware products for daily use titled Canvas. The lookbook you can see below is beautifully fresh and simple, highlighting the beauty of the material and clean design. Natural and relaxed, the images show the pieces in use, with gently creased linen, ringed coffee stains and delicate greenery. Very spring-like – it really is like a breath of fresh air! They say, ‘The objects act as a plain canvas, which we paint upon. The pieces bring ease and harmony into our everyday life and leave us room for assigning meaning and value.’ The collection is handmade in a family-run ceramic factory in southern Poland and comprises a bowl, flowerpot, vase, carafe and mug. …

COS x HAY spring/summer 2017 campaign

Fresh styling from COS X HAY Spring/Summer 2017

Spring is very nearly here, the days are lighter and everything feels brighter. As we look ahead to the new season, here’s some lovely, fresh, spring-like styling from COS X HAY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign. The love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY continues with deep green accessories for the home, pared-back neutral ceramics and elements for springtime rituals. The curated collection, now in its third year, is available in stores and online, offering simple, straightforward, functional designs at affordable prices. Says Rolf Hay: ‘We want people to buy things that they can treasure for many years, not throw away.’ I’ll now let the images do the talking… Here are some of my favourites from the Spring collection, lots of fresh greens and soft neutrals: Shop the COS X HAY collection in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. What are your favourites? All images courtesy COS X HAY

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle is a Winnipeg-based lifestyle brand founded by husband and wife Danielle and Joël Cyr. I’ve been following them for a while on Instagram now, liking pretty much every photo they post, so I was delighted when they released their first-ever lookbook full of the most beautifully styled images you can imagine. Styled and shot in their own home, Danielle and Joël have a lovely, relaxed style – think clean white walls, nature textures, soft, muted tones and simple, functional objects. Their philosophy is something that I strive for in my own home; as they say: ‘Our philosophy is quite simple. We love beautiful and functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. But more importantly we want to encourage people to move away from the “disposable culture” that is so prevalent and adopt a more mindful approach to buying.’ MÛR is French for ripe, it means ‘something that is developed to the point of readiness, fully matured like a pear that is ready to be picked and savoured.’ Their beautifully curated shop features carefully chosen pieces from small-scale manufacturers, artisans and designers who also subscribe …

Nina+Co Breakfast Collection

Q&A with ceramic and interior designer Nina+Co

I’ve been developing quite a thing for ceramics recently. I could now easily serve tea or coffee to near on 40 people with the amount of cups and vessels we have in our kitchen (my boyfriend would call it clutter I’m sure…). But I just added again to the collection, with some beautiful new favourites – a pair of espresso cups by London and Amsterdam-based design studio Nina+Co. With a background in interior design, Nina Woodcroft founded Nina+Co in 2014. Focusing on sustainability and natural materials, Nina+Co believe in the duty of designers to reduce environmental impact and promote the notion of wellbeing. As well as currently designing a cafe for homelessness charity Centrepoint in Soho and a bakery which offers opportunities for vulnerable women in East London, Nina also creates small-scale batch produced ceramics, as seen here. Her debut tableware collection, The Breakfast Collection, made in collaboration with London-based consultancy The Ceramicists, comprises a plate, bowl, mug, butter dish and these little espresso cups that handily double up as egg cups. They’re all made of responsibly sourced materials and batch-produced to …

Introducing Shedquarters to the catesthill.com shop

I’ve written about British online store Shedquarters on the blog before (see the interview here). It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame in 2014 out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence the name. They sell a handpicked collection of contemporary goods, each item carefully chosen for its considered design and craftsmanship. Says Shedquarters: ‘We source items from independent designers and makers as well as established brands to create a collection of goods that we hope will be part of your home for years to come. We search for well-crafted and thoughtful designs, which are built to last and become part of your lifestyle. Whether it’s a coffee cup for your morning ritual or a comforting blanket for a relaxing evening.’ But you want to know the best bit? You can now shop Shedquarters beautiful pieces directly on my own shop, powered and secured by Showroom. There’s handcrafted porcelain cups, Fine Little Day accessories, graphic stationery and cosy geometric blankets. I’m really in love with their simple, Scandi-style ceramics, including this Nobel Cup snapped here. Each Nobel Cup is …

Introducing… BON ceramics

No longer do people have an odd-bod collection of novelty mugs; increasingly I’ve seen people instagramming their favourite ceramic mug or espresso cup, willing to pay just a little bit more for something to make that everyday experience special. But where do you buy that beautiful, unusual piece that no one else has? Let me introduce to you a brand new online store offering a selection of ceramic objects by some of the world’s best designers. BON ceramics was founded in Berlin in 2015 as a reaction to the new generation of young ceramic designers that were emerging and popping up from every different corner of the world. Says BON: ‘Redefining the formerly folksy medium, they present a modern adaptation of the traditional craftsmanship, creating contemporary objects of timeless quality and beauty. ‘Presenting the best of these new talents under one roof and making these unique items available, BON aims to establish itself as a representative of the modern ceramic arts, shining an overdue light on the medium and its artisans.’ The carefully curated online store aims to make these unique …

#LDF14: Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche

Research into creating mass-produced products with one-off marks from the manufacturing process inspired British designer Benjamin Hubert to create these tactile vessels for Italian ceramic manufacturer Bitossi Ceramiche. They are currently on display this week at Vessel Gallery in Notting Hill as part of London Design Festival. Hubert began the project by studying slip casting – a technique used in pottery for mass-production, often for shapes not easily made on a traditional wheel. He investigated ways of introducing decorative elements to a design, without having to carry out multiple processes. The slip casting mould fortuitously created an interesting additional seam line that would normally be cleaned off and eradicated from memory. Now the seams are the defining part of the pieces, a mark of the manufacturing process, only added to by a matte glaze. Each mould can be rotated to various positions for every piece produced, meaning that no two are the same.        Images courtesy Benjamin Hubert

I wish I lived here: the Munich home of Happy Interior Blog

After I posted that piece on planters from the Leif Shop earlier in the week, I found this lovely Munich home, belonging to Igor Josifovic of Happy Interior Blog. It was featured in Llamas’ Valley magazine, a Lithuanian e-magazine about interior, food & design. Igor lives in a cosy rooftop apartment in the old town of Munich and has an enviable collection of house plants and decorative planters. He says he finds a lot of his inspiration through Pinterest and from his travels (most recently the Ceramic Arts Exhibition in London); he always brings a little something back that tells a story – a motto that is close to my heart as well. Check out his blog to find out a bit more about him here or find him on Pinterest for more interior inspiration. Images: Lina Gavenaite for Llamas Valley Magazine via Behance

Planters from Leif Shop

The colourful and charming online store Leif Shop was set up in Brooklyn by writer Stacy Anne Longenecker in 2011. She set out to present special, beautiful things that can add a unique touch to day-to-day living. She says: I’ve come to notice that the smallest thing can inspire and enrich your daily life, whether it be a crisp new set of thank you notes, a beautiful mug for coffee or tea, stocking your bathroom with scented soap in a pretty glass bottle, or a colourful vase on display in a most frequented room. The LEIF lifestyle: growing indoor citrus trees, matte pastels, a collection of vintage glass bottles that span the colours of the rainbow, old botanical and anatomical prints, Meyer lemon butter on freshly baked scones, various breeds of succulents scattered throughout the home, a garden full of vegetables, a couch filled with colourful pillows, freshly cut flowers on a reclaimed wood kitchen table, idolizing Jean Seberg, slip-on sneakers and striped t-shirts on a Saturday. I was having a browse around and these planters caught my eye; they come in …

Hitomi Hosono at Jerwood Makers Open 2014

Hitomi Hosono has created these truly beautiful porcelain ceramics as part of this year’s Jerwood Makers Open. Now in its fourth year, the Jerwood Makers Open recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts. It offers crucial support in the early stages of their careers, providing five or six designers with £7,500 each. This year it went to ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and FleaFollyArchitects. Hitomi Hosono, whose work is shown here, is fascinated by the intricacy of botanical forms; the veins of a leaf, the shape of its edges and the layering of a flower’s petals. She studies plants and leaves in microscopic detail before transforming the forms into delicate porcelain sculptures. For the Jerwood commission Hosono has produced bright tropical colours, where previously her work maintained a natural porcelain colour. She experimented with pigments and oxides to create a family of natural forms that take inspiration from the foliage of the South Pacific Islands, in particular banana leaves, mangrove, hibiscus …