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I know I seem a bit obsessed with teacups at the moment but I came across these beautiful ceramics by local artist Julie Spurgeon at the weekend. Exhibiting in Annabel Dees pop up shop as part of the Leigh Art Trail, these beautiful tea sets had me captivated. I was lucky enough to chat to Julie and she told me all about the inspiration behind them – fond childhood memories of the tea making ritual, the pleats and folds in the porcelain reminiscent of things like cupcake cases.


The above pieces are from her Material Pleasures collection which are currently featured in the exhibition Teapots to Tapestries, and available to buy at Fortnum and Mason.

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I have fallen head over heels for this wallpaper by Studio Ditte. I’m house hunting at the moment and really noticing what people have on their walls while on viewings – I find it so interesting. Even though our last foray into putting up wallpaper didn’t end too well (half of said wallpaper is currently still languishing under the bed after 4 years…) I think the effort might be worth it if it’s as pretty as this one…

Feinedinge are another Maison & Objet find. I posted about a trend for lace last year (see it here) but once again I am seeing lots and lots of designs with the intricate pattern. An example of this is Feinedinge’s Ghost Vases which incorporate vintage lace in the designs. I think they’re lovely and look so delicate. (Images via Sub Studio)

I saw these AMAZING ceramics by Nadia Pignatone at Maison & Objet yesterday. There is always so much to take in at this show as it’s so vast but I came away very sure that these were my favourite items. The blossoms

collection is made from hand thrown porcelain and laser-cut kimono fabric. See my favourites below – I need to own one!!!

How cool are these vases by Ruth Lodder?! Sorry for the delay since my last post. I’ve had a bit of time off, some of it spent in Paris where I got engaged (squeal!) but enough about that. I’ll be posting shortly about a couple of exhibitions I’m taking part in during December. I’ll give you details once one of the images is back from being framed and the other is created (ulp!). In the meantime I just wanted to show you this fabulous vase I got in Paris. I can’t really attribute it to a trend apart from maybe the Mug Mayhem post I wrote a while ago. It also reminds me of the cake stands by Let Them Eat Cake I mentioned some time ago. I think it’s fantastic and really good value. It comes in 3 different sizes and makes me think of something so traditionally British – the good old cuppa! Incidentally one of my friends also got engaged last week – over a cup of tea. Maybe I should give her one of these as an engagement present!

My Cup of Tea Vase My Cup of Tea Vase

The vases are by the very talented Ruth Lodder and I got mine from the brilliant shop Fleux – 39 rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie – 75004 Paris.

After my previous post about the amount of designers currently making products that look like disposable objects, I came across Lorena Barrezuta and her ‘Gourmet Collection’ of dinnerware. She has taken the universally recognisable takeaway container and produced it in porcelain, turning the idea that it is disposable on its head and challenging our notions of quality. Not only do they look great but they come in a variety of colours:

Classic Lush
Carry Out Mac'n'Cheese
Munch Fish'n'chips

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