Herriott Grace

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Herriott Grace sell beautiful handmade wooden objects, porcelain tableware, kitchen linens and accessories. They are a father and daughter team and I love the unlikely story of how they began working together. Nikole and Lance both live in Canada 3400 kilometers apart: his workshop is in Victoria, British Columbia, while her studio is in Toronto, Ontario. When Nikole first made her home more than halfway across the country from her father, they started to send packages to each other. In some of the packages, Lance included his own hand carved spoons. Nikole loved them and knew they were special. One day she thought that others might appreciate her father’s work, so she asked if he would ever want to share his pieces. He took a while to think about it and after some convincing, agreed to her plan, "but only with people that understood and cared about the time and effort spent on each piece." She told him, “Leave it to me, I know just the sort.” And with that, Herriott Grace was born.


Interiors: Jersey Ice Cream Company

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The Jersey Ice Cream Company are Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, designers and builders of beautiful things. The couple named themselves after a long-forgotten ice cream company whose embossing stamp they found at their first flea market together. This fittingly lighthearted name both connects the company to the past and sets the tone for their delicately sweet work. Together the pair transform spaces with a wonderful lightness of touch, using reclaimed materials and vintage pieces. I love their use of texture with a restrained colour palette and splashes of black. I also particularly like the fact that together, Tara and Percy offer a complete range of skills - design, sourcing, carpentry and styling, meaning that they can personally complete a whole project themselves, with little need for outside help. If you are interested in seeing more of the wonderful work of the Jersey Ice Cream Company, visit their website. They also have an online vintage shop here.


Panelled House

I recently stumbled across this house on Blissful Blog. I've seen it somewhere before and know that I have magazine tears of it in my overflowing filing cabinet. It's such a great house and I could never forget that kitchen. The panelling, the cooker, the fresh green paint, the simple furniture and the view out to the woods - it's just the kind of place I love.


Nic Webb Spoons

I first discovered Nic Webb’s beautiful hand carved wooden spoons at the Contemporary Craft Fair in Bovey Tracey earlier this year. Each spoon is hand carved, using traditional tools and techniques. The timber is collected on walks around the British Isles or overseas and worked green, allowing it to twist and move while it seasons, creating wonderful natural surprises.

“When I begin carving, I look for the differing qualities in each piece of timber,” says Nic. He allows the grain and character to influence each design so that every spoon evolves to have its own personality and becomes a showcase for the limitless beauty of wood.

Many of the spoons look as though they have been grown or formed by processes of natural erosion. I particularly like the use of charring to create black hollows within some of the spoons. I also like the refined elegance of the pickle spoons, gently curving like the pieces of wood they came from. In fact, all of Nic’s work is exactly what I look for in contemporary design - a fine example of ethical and sustainable materials being crafted into joyful objects of use.

If you would like to learn how to make spoons yourself, Nic is running several workshops and courses, at the end of this year and beginning of next. For more details, please visit his website.


Woven Branches

The new issue of 3191 Quarterly is out next week and features a branch weaving project. I haven't seen anything quite like this before, but I love it! I'd definitely like to have a go and think a small collection of different branch weaves pinned to a wall would look amazing. The journal, created by MAV + SCB who share a love of "art and craft, simple things and a well-lived domestic life" also features cooking with seeds, collecting leaves and a day trip in the Columbia River Gorge - sounds like my kind of magazine. It comes in a beautifully photographed, printed and bound limited edition of 1000. You can pre-order your copy now...

www.3191milesapart.com 3191milesapart.myshopify.com

Inspiration: Beautility

Oji & Design are a Japanese company who make stripped-down products that improve everyday life. If you are in Paris next week, you can view a mini presentation of their work at Craftslab; an exhibition of simple modern products by Japanese and French artisans.

I love the quirky utilitarian beauty of their wooden tea set, brooms with umbrella handles and lunch boxes. They also make an incredible 'low chair' for an infant. Like a high chair but much lower, the chair can be used as a coffee table with storage once the child gets older.

www.craftslab.net www.o-ji.jp

Wooden Wall Hangings

Wallhangings seem like a good idea at the moment. They are less stuffy than a painting and more textural than a print. Bobo Choses make cute pictorial wallhangings for kids, and of course, I love the patchwork quilts hung by Jessica Ogden for APC at The Apartment in Copenhagen. For an excellent range of vintage 1970's weavings and tapestries, check out Nightwood in Brooklyn. In fact, Nightwood's entire collection of reincarnated furniture and textiles is pretty special. However, my favourite wallhanging (pictured above) has to be the talismanic Giant Spirit wall piece by artist Julie Thevonet. Not least because it combines another current craze - painted sticks.