Founded by Matilda Sturley, Legato makes artisanal lamps that take their inspiration from the sculptural forms found in the natural world. Each of the lamps is hand-cast in London (having first been created in clay), while the fixtures and flex are assembled using beautiful, antiqued brass finishes. The lead time for each piece is six to eight weeks – but you’re guaranteed a meticulously finished result at the end. Think of these like functional pieces of art.
In the summer of 2020, Hope Wyatt started picking flowers from her garden and pressing them. Then she started making flower frames for friends and family, which quickly grew into By Hope. Today, the company also sells table linens inspired by Hope’s love of the outdoors – with the range designed in East London and the prints hand-painted in Lithuania in an OEKO-TEX certificated factory. Meanwhile, the original frames are still made by hand in Cornwall, with flowers and foliage from Hope’s garden and New Spitalfields Market. Finally, all the packaging has been carefully sourced to be recyclable and/or biodegradable.
Nellie Gilson started Cambridge House in 2018 after moving from the hustle and bustle of London to a quiet Cambridgeshire village. Initially painting charity shop finds to furnish her home more sustainably, she quickly started selling the pieces to her friends – and taking commissions. Still working alone around her three young children and on a small budget, production remains limited. But we can’t help thinking the secret’s out – so if you want to place an order, we don’t recommend you wait.
French fashion designer Lola Mayeras has developed a homeware range that uses clay as the main material. Moulding everyday objects into contemporary standalone pieces and talking-point tableware, she approaches the design process like a clothing collection – combining recognisable shapes with playful bursts of colour. The first collection takes inspiration from the shapes and colours of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as pop art and the south of France. Keep an eye on this one as Lola says she plans to expand into more homeware categories soon.
Browns are the exclusive UK stockist for Lola’s collection. Click here.
We’ve long admired Matt Dixon’s upholstery skills, so we were thrilled to hear he and his wife Geena have launched a standalone homeware brand. Tallboy Home champions individual craftspeople who are passionate about creating high-quality, sustainable homeware. Additionally, the couple has developed a range of handmade lamps, sides tables, rugs and chopping boards – all made in Yorkshire by talented traditional makers. The combination of pastel tones, lacquer finishes and curved shapes means many of the pieces will work in different interior styles – but we love the voluptuous proportions of the terracotta table best.
‘Sukun’ translates from Arabic as peace, serenity or calm – fitting for a brand that makes luxurious bedding. Following months of research and trials, Sukun has come up with what it believes to be the perfect fabric: everything is made from 100% pure cotton with a sateen weave, using long staple cotton with single-ply yarn woven in a sateen finish. We like the antique embroidered designs, the cord pillowcases, and it’s worth making use of the monogramming service if you’re in the market for a special gift. Plus, look out for exclusive collaborations with artists and designers set to launch this spring.