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The best of British design has a quirkiness and sense of humour about it that seems to be unique in the design world. As in British humour, they don't take themselves too seriously and an ironic edge is always present.
Hence the wit and joy of All Lovely Stuff. Designed by a duo, these house and kitchen accessories add a jaunty note to the mundane.
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A new small company, they are committed to making all their household products in an ethical way. As they say: "Loveliness is at the core of what we believe, and our products are developed and sourced to be useful, high in quality and ethically responsible."
The collection of household products have been injected with personality to create an emotional connection between product and user. The sweet bear face mirror would be a delight in a child's room, or a corner in the hall for a fast check before you run out the door. Their animal coat rack, for the wall, comes with 3 "hooks", with fox, rabbit and cat profiles. The MMM Doughnuts can be used as a coat hook or a wooden handle.
All Lovely Stuff had a modest but intriguing pop-up shop (just down the road from the super-design pop-up Temporium) for the weeks before Christmas with other goodies by friends and designers.
Photo: jasleen kaur
Jasleen Kaur had a series of her completely wild and wacky "utensils" on display. She takes everyday cutlery and recycles it into new things that make you look twice. She says that she is making a series of tools that are built " for how we do things, not for how we should be doing them."
Starting with old wooden spoons and vintage knives and scissors and ends of bits of carpet, she creates (above from left to right): salt to taste 1, oil and prick, cutlery for bearded men, butter spoon, builders cutlery, salt to taste 2, handy handle, carpet cleaner. Go figure.
Photo: B. Alter
These simple and whimsical butterfly clips by Frances Wadsworth-Jones are a delight. The jeweller likes to "create visual contradictions that explore the tension and delight that are found when the familiar becomes deliciously strange." Inspired by the ubiquitous binder clip, she has turned it into a brooch, making the obvious...obvious.
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