Trends: designer-maker spring collections

I asked some of the designer-makers I’ve featured in my blog to tell me about their new collections and inspirations for spring 2014.  Let’s start with Jo Davies www.jo-davies.com.  Jo makes charming ceramic vases, bowls, cups and also lighting.  Her work for spring 2014 is slightly more challenging and is all about fluid shapes, quirky handles and white.

Jo Davies

Jo Davies, Fluid Shapes and Quirky Handles

Linda Bloomfield www.lindabloomfield.co.uk is also focussing on neutral ceramics with grey or pale blue interiors and a satin white exterior with subtle ribbing.  These mugs, cups and saucers, jugs, sugar bowls and dipping bowls are a stoneware collection for the Royal Albert Hall which will be used in the new café bar.

Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield Neutral and Pale Colour Stoneware

Reiko Kaneko www.reikokaneko.co.uk makes quirky gifts and tableware.  Reiko usually works in white but added colour to her bone china pieces in 2013 which has inspired her to experiment with glazes, hence this beautiful range of dipped products.  She’s used the rich earthiness of the glazes to contrast against the bright white of the bone china.

Reiko Kaneko

Reiko Kaneko Dipped Bone China

Rowena Gilbert www.rowenagilbert.com makes British contemporary ceramics which fuse strong design with complementary patterns.  She has two spring 2014 collections with opposing ideas.  The Horizontal Band Designs feature very simple, calm patterns with layers of coloured clay slips painted on top of each other and cut through in a band design.  This has been applied in charcoal black, cobalt blue, peacock green and teal on a range of new bowl shapes including rice and noodle bowls.  Rowena has used gloss inside and matt and gloss on the outside.  Her Flower Design is much more decorative and these pieces are for the centre of the table.  There are similarities with the Horizontal Band Designs in terms of colours and the outside matt and gloss finish.

Rowena Gilbert

Rowena Gilbert, Horizontal Bands and Flowers

Stitch by Stitch www.stitchbystitch.eu create hand-embroidered and hand-woven goods made in India and Nepal; rugs, throws and quilts.  They work with some of the most talented embroiders and weavers in India and help to support local workers with a fair wage.  Their two main themes for 2014 collections are the use of natural plant dyes to create woollen blankets using a palette of warm, subtle colours and locally-sourced, organically grown cotton in greys and neutral colours to make quilts and cotton towels.  Stitch by Stitch is also developing an exclusive range of quilts made from vintage Mashru cloth – which was traditionally worn by Muslim men who were not permitted to wear silk next to their skin.

Stitch by Stitch

Stitch by Stitch, Textiles and Colours

Kiran Ravilious www.kiranravilious.com uses traditional lino print making techniques to product very vibrant and unique hand printed designs on natural, quality linen.  Her new spring 2014 collection continues on her botanical inspired theme but with a burst of colour and much brighter, larger and bolder prints.  During 2014 she’ll be introducing new linen cushions and floor cushions.

Kiran Ravilious

Kiran Ravilious, Bolder Botanicals

Gillian Kyle www.gilliankyle.com just loves adorning textiles with Scottish brands, like Tunnocks Teacakes and Irn-Bru.    Her new collection of kitchen and home wares is all about Fish and Chips – HP Sauce, Tomato Ketchup, Salt, Mushy Peas and Wooden Forks.  The textiles are organic cotton and the mugs are made from fine bone china.  In January she’s launching a range called ‘Sweet Tooth’ – featuring Scottish brands once again.

Gillian Kyle

Gillian Kyle, Fish and Chips and Sweet Tooth

Deborah Bowness www.deborahbowness.com makes creative and inventive decorative wall hangings, including ‘wallpaper frocks’ – dress, coat and ball gown, plus ‘utility hangings’ – chairs, lamps and drawers.  Deb is launching a very cute, mini version of her wallpapers in 2014.

Deborah Bowness

Deborah Bowness, Mini Wallpaper Hanging

Lucy Turner www.lucyturner.co transforms mid-century furniture with laser cut Formica® to create colourful and quirky pieces.  Her 2014 collection has been inspired by the kitsch bathrooms of the 1950s – particularly the colour palette of sugar pinks and bright blues.

Lucy Turner

Lucy Turner, Kitsch 1950s Bathroom Inspired Furniture Colours

Credits: text by Homegirl London, images courtesy of Jo Davies, Linda Bloomfield, Reiko Kaneko, Rowena Gilbert, Stitch by Stitch, Kiran Ravilious, Gillian Kyle, Deborah Bowness and Lucy Turner.