Spotlight On British Design

16 May 2022

With the upcoming Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate the best of British interior design. Home to some of the best-known brands as well as up-and-coming designers, this tiny island has made a big impact on the world of interiors, and for good reason. Join us as we explore some of the top brands that hail from Great Britain…

Interior designer, print designer and purveyor of wallpaper, cushions and accessories, Anna Hayman believes homes are a living canvas. Dreaming up timeless prints with soul, Anna creates each one using lino cutting techniques or painting with ink. Influenced by Art Deco, her own home and the Biba era, the Anna Hayman collection evokes a languorous, decadent way of being. Her collection of cushions and lampshades are all handmade in the UK.

Established in 1866, Begg x Co handcrafts elegant scarves, wraps and throws in exquisite materials and are members of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance. Marrying traditional weaving and finishing techniques with innovative production methods to create their coveted collections, each piece is an investment for timeless style.

Drawing inspiration from Scotland’s magnificent natural landscapes, in addition to the country’s diverse architectural styles, the mill’s immediate environment has been fuelling the imagination of Begg x Co’s designers for over a century and a half.

With a proud heritage in British design, manufacture and quality since 1837, Bronte by Moon operate from one of the longest established and one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Britain. With a reputation for consistent quality and innovative design, Bronte by Moon produce British-made wollen home and fashion accessories including throws, cushions, scarves and wraps in a wide variety of popular patterns and colourways.

It all began in 1984, when Emma was working in London soon after leaving university. Whilst hunting for a birthday present for her mum, Emma struggled to find what she had in mind: two cups and saucers that would say 'I love you. I miss you'. After searching in china shops, hoping to find something that capture the warmth and welcoming spirit of her mother's North Oxford kitchen, all Emma could find was too dainty or too robust. Emma knew that the only way she was going to find the perfect gift, she would have to make it herself. Skip 25 years and Emma Bridgewater has become a household name with ever single piece designed by Emma and her husband Matthew Rice.

A huge amount of love and attention is poured into every item that is produced by Emma Bridgewater, as Emma knows that when the little details of life are right – like the perfect morning mug of tea – the rest of life feels a lot nicer.

Established in 1950 as a small emporium of antique gifts in Mayfair, London, Halcyon Days have revamped the artisanal craft of enamel work. Dedicated to showcasing high standards of design, their indulgent pieces have earned three Royal Warrants, becoming one of only fourteen companies to hold all three. The first Royal Warrant of appointment was awarded in 1972 by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the second in 1978 by Her Majesty The Queen and the third and final Royal Warrant of appointment was awarded in 1987 by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales.

Quintessentially British. Universally Loved. Jo Malone London is a name that needs no introduction. The eponymous founder discovered her love for perfumery during childhood, with her earliest blends involving a mixture of grated soaps and petals from the family garden. With a taste that’s refined - but always with a touch of whimsy and wit - Jo Malone London’s home fragrances fill your life with delectable scent.

Scottish born designer and illustrator Karen Mabon is based in London. Starting her eponymous label in 2013 after attending London’s Royal College of Art, Karen is known known for her signature illustrative silk scarves, she has now expanded to include a wide collection of luxury apparel, accessories and homeware.

A London-based design studio founded in the 1960s by the Lubkowski family, LSA International is considered as one of Europe’s leading manufactures of handmade glass & porcelain. Specialising in glassware, from decanters to wine glasses and porcelain tableware, one of the key aspects of LSA International’s collection is the handmade nature of their pieces. A testament to British design and traditional European manufacturing, every piece is created to exhibit beautiful form, exceptional function and enduring style.

Royal Doulton is a quintessentially English brand with a pedigree dating back to 1815. Valued for its sense of heritage and quality, Royal Doulton came from humble beginnings in a stoneware factory in Lambeth, London. Two centuries later, it has earned a reputation for quality, skilled craftsmanship and distinctiveness of design and has an international reach that extends far beyond its British roots.

Our story began in 1759 when founder, Josiah Wedgwood I, aged just 29, started as an independent potter in Burslem, England. Fast forward over 260 years later and Wedgwood is still producing many of the materials Josiah invented, such as Jasper, Queen's Ware and Black Basalt. Recognised as an iconic English brand, Wedgwood is renowned for providing for Royal Families and Heads of State. Maintaining its core values; it’s committed to precise standards of quality and the creation of luxury affordable pieces. The Wedgwood factory combines modern technology with the ancient skills of modelling and decorating and exports all over the world. Leading designers Jasper Conran and Vera Wang have created distinguished collections for the brand, creating desirable and traditionally English home products.

1882 Ltd. is a design-led ceramics brand produced in Stoke on Trent, England formed by fourth and fifth generations of the Johnson Brothers family and named after their founding year. After the J.W. Pankhurst Company declared themselves bankrupt and the business was sold, brothers Alfred and Frederick Johnson purchased the business and factory. 137 years later 1882 Ltd. continues the Johnson legacy with the company name evoking the deep routes of the family heritage.

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