THE OLD CINEMA
I’m an avid collector of ceramics and pottery, and love choosing pieces for clients and my home purely on what appeals, rather than what might be fashionable at the time. I recently bought a pair of Japanese enamel baluster vases from Roseberys Auctions – it’s such a good place to browse and then bid on interesting pieces. For everyday tableware, I love the Wonki Ware range at The Conran Shop. Organic and delicate in form, they’re a bit of a staple in my home. Also, Lydia Hardwick makes some very beautiful large pots, many of which feature patterns found in indigenous objects and textiles.
Ssalg for Zero Living makes beautiful tall amber water glasses made from repurposed bottles – I really enjoy sourcing antique decanters and tumblers for my clients from Etsy, Alfie’s Antiques Market or Perfect English Stuff, which often has some lovely vintage glassware. Petra Palumbo has an online shop which sells very pretty glassware, too. Her range of crystal tumblers is particularly good, and the violet and lavender tumbler is very sweet. Vessel Gallery in Notting Hill is my go-to for more contemporary glass sculpture – look out for Simon Moore’s balustrade vases. I also have a collection of antique glass medicine bottles on the mantlepiece in my bathroom, which I picked up from The Old Cinema – they reflect the light beautifully.
I find it impossible to pass an antiques shop without having a quick look. I’m always on the lookout for pieces for clients, as well as my own home. Markets are really fun for a browse – Sunbury Antiques and Ardingly are two of my favourites – while auction houses are better if you have a clearer idea of what you want. Instagram dealers I follow include Litten Tree Antiques, Ralfe's Yard and Repton & Co. where I recently bought a Georgian desk for a young boy’s bedroom. Vinterior and The Decorative Collective are both good sites to bookmark and, lastly, the Lillie Road is always a must-visit when it comes time to add the finishing touches to a project – you’ll find a plethora of antique objets, quirky decorative items and mirrors there.
As much as I love antique furniture, I also like collecting antique textiles. I buy a lot from Rebecca Aix (for vintage bedspreads, as shown in this bedroom) and Starched And Crumpled, both of which hold regular Instagram sales of Eastern European and French textiles, respectively. Nuhka Home has a great range of antique textile cushions, including jewel-coloured silk jajim ones. Bonfield Block Printers sell their own hand blocked printed linen which is really worth a look, including a lovely block print called Lyme Bay which we are about to use for a project.
I recently commissioned some reeded bedside tables by Robin Myerscough, for a client. He designs and produces lots of handmade furniture, and each piece embodies outstanding craftsmanship – everything is made in small workshops across the south of England. Howe London continuously produces really masterful designs and I go back to them for every project – be it for my favourite Fan Occasional Table, or for their wall lights or larger, upholstered items.
Alfred Newall is another small workshop I love. He made a bespoke TV unit for a recent project and a sweet Demi Lune Bobbin Tiered Table for another. Tess – his wife – is an incredibly talented artist in her own right who makes her own bespoke mural and wallpaper designs. She produced a custom herbarium wallpaper for us featuring the client’s favourite meadow flowers. Printed on parchment paper, it will be so wonderful to finally see it installed. Trove by Studio Duggan also sells beautiful, fluted bamboo style furniture. For a recent project, we used their Avalon monumental chest in Farrow & Ball’s Dead Salmon.
Cramer & Bell is a London-based art consultancy we’ve used before – great if you’re looking for some professional guidance. They can source specialist artwork for you or there’s an online shop full of more affordable works. The art which we asked them to source for a recent project completely transformed the space. Cricket Fine Art is another London-based gallery run by Leslie Pratt. She has a wonderful eye and I often recommend her to clients. Other good sources include The Decorative Arts and Antiques Fair in Battersea, Grandy Art, Partnership Editions, A. Prin Art and Etalage.
You’ll find Antionette Poisson tucked away in a typical Parisian courtyard. Selling exquisitely designed wallpapers, domino paper sheets, printed linens and decorative handmade objects, everything is so covetable. Casa Lopez is another Parisian-based store which sells a wide selection of homewares, lighting and furniture. I love the reeded table lamps which feature all sorts of different animals. And, finally, Merci is a Parisian institution. Everything is so chic and the collection does such a good job of representing artisan makers.
CRMER AND BELL