• Craft and Design Month May 2011

    Posted on 4th May 2011 by Andy.

    All hail the great British craft fair. The great events which draw hundreds of people from miles around to marvel and artistic creations, learn about ancient skills and traditions, and taste as much free homemade cheese as they can. The craft fair is an institution in itself, and seems to attract a certain type of person. But if you’re looking for something that’s unique, that won’t be in hundreds of high street shops across the length and breadth of the country, the craft fair is the place to go. From handmade silver jewelery to finely crafted oak furniture that you would never find anywhere else. You can really boast about these pieces, because they’ve been made with TLC and really make a statement in the home. May 2011 heralds Craft and Design Month, where hundreds of events are detailed on the website to help raise the profile of British crafts. Supporting our own designers and crafts people is a great achievement, there is so much variety and excitement in crafts. Bringing back age old crafts like sculptured willow weaving: for great furniture and trellises in the garden, not only beautiful designs to look at, but practical and functional too. Also creating pieces from the newest technology such as digital craft which can be completely personalised like photographs made into giant pieces of art, great for the family home or a thoughtful personal gift. So if you’re thinking of something to do at the weekend, or fancy spending on a piece of art and craft that will really make that particular room at home or special person feel amazing, take time out to visit the events across the UK for the British Craft and Design Month. Visit to find events in your area, oh and don’t forget to try the chilli cheese, it’s very nice.

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  • Vote for Your Favourite British Design and British Pattern at the British Design Awards 2010

    Posted on 13th September 2010 by jenny.

    British Design Awards 2010

    It's time for you to make your votes count for the British Design Awards hosted by ELLE Decoration. The ninth British Design Awards celebrates the creativity and imagination of British designers for this year. Everyone knows that British designers have an eye for the beautiful, the useful, and the highly extraordinary and this can be seen in the nominations for two categories, the Best British Design 2010 and the Best British Pattern 2010. So hop on over to the British Design Awards survey site and you will see that this year’s nominations are by far the best that we’ve seen. There’s this innovative recycled wood wardrobe that looks larger for its size because of a wall mirror attached to it. Ceramic bowls with a modernist twist and a more traditional handmade bowls crafted from wood. Did we mention the mirrors? A stunning mirror that is reminiscent of a diamond and a stainless steel mirror plated with gold and nickel are among our favourites as they are both functional and stylish. In fact, the stainless steel mirror reminds us of a drop of water left on a surface. Not only do you get to vote for the best of British Design, but you can ogle at the wonderful prints that this year’s designers have come up with. From the whimsical floral prints to more innovative 3D wallpaper, you’ll find everything that will suit any taste. In fact, we’re dreaming of finding these prints in one of our roman shades. We’re even pleased to see that one of the nominees, the Sussex wallpaper reminds us of our Monarca Desert remote-controlled roller blinds. How about you? Which are your favourites? What kind of British print would you like to see in our roman/roller blinds collection?

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