Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

As I said in my previous blog, 2014 has got off to a flying start, with the first trade show of the year being the Home exhibition last week, co-located with the new Craft exhibition. I was gutted when the Origin craft exhibition stopped, so I was thrilled to see a new outlet for British craft at this exhibition.

This two-in-one exhibition is always a great source for new and unusual home accessories and craft items, and well worth a quick visit. Here are some of my top finds from those two shows:

First off is Eleanor Lakelin whose stunning turned and carved wooden vessels really caught my eye. They look so naturally made, and I love their textures and shapes. These are definitely on my wish list! I also loved Victoria Bentham Ceramics with their intricate patterns combined with the delicate lustre on their torn edges. Then there was the delicate porcelain works of Normal Yap which really showcase the translucency of this material – beautiful. And, in contrast to that, heading over to the other side of the globe, I was drawn by Japanese pottery, Mashiko. I love the tactile, earthy form and texture in this pottery!

Eleanor Lakelin Victoria Bentham Ceramics
Norman Yap Mashiko Pottery

Of course I couldn’t go to an exhibition without keeping my eyes peeled for some African influences, and this little show didn’t fail to come up with some delights. There was Dar Leone, whose owner Isatu Funna is influenced by Sierra Leone, and Arhinarmah, whose cushions, lampshades and furniture are filled with Ghanaian influences. In total contrast to those bright hues are the beautiful textures and subtle colours in Jude Cassidy’s luxurious weaves, or the simple, earthy textures and splashes of colour in Ciara McGarrity’s Waffle cushions and throws.

Dar Leone Arhinarmah
Jude Cassidy Waffle

In fabric and wallpaper it was Arthouse Originals, with their East meets West fusion, and Clementine & Bloom, whose funky ‘entomology’ designs I adore. I really love the way both of these designers have played with pattern to create their designs. The story behind El Meu Coixí is fascinating! They came across a stash of 40-100 year old fabrics in an old Catalan factory that had closed years ago. These fabrics were all in perfect condition, and El Meu Coixí is now using it to produce cushions. Talk about a find! Quite a contrast to the new, graphic designs by Ferm Living! I was also taken with the muted tones of Hannah Nunn’s nature-inspired wallpaper as well as the vibrant pastels and bold patterns of Sian Elin’s fabric and wallpaper collection.

Arthouse Originals Clementine & Bloom
El Meu Cioxi Ferm Living
Hannah Nunn Sian Elin

Bloomingville has a fantastic collection of homewares, including contemporary graphic designs, on trend copper products, hexagonal designs, natural wood, soft pastel hues, etc. But, if Scandinavian monochrome is more your thing then the abc Collection from Finnish company Artek is for you. Hop & Peck create beautiful quality wooden wares such as these unusual shaped platter boards, and I loved the colourful block-printed Kantha quilts from Sophie Home – so beautiful.

Bloomingville Artek
Hop & Peck Sophie Home

All in all a great little exhibition, with some exciting new finds. Will any of my selections make their way onto your wishing lists?

Image credits from respective companies.

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