It’s difficult turning a house into a home. It’s those unique touches of the interior designer that portray the owner’s personality that really make a space feel like our own. The character of a home develops from the décor, the furniture, household appliances, and trinkets that we pick up through life. Although, trying to find a homeware designer that matches your style can be difficult. Although it is difficult to find a good designer, when they are discovered they can input a real sense of originality into a home. Their input could be something as simple as a matching set of personalised mugs or changing a rug that really ties the room together. Here are some of the best designers for homeware around.
Jasper Conran for Wedgwood Heritage
Son of designer, Sir Terence Conrad and author Shirley Conrad, Jasper Conrad is a household name for design. In 1978, ages 19, he began designing womenswear under his own name. The following year he was elected to be part of the London Designer collections and since then he has been a prominent figure in the design world, designing clothes for many well-known figures and brands. In 2001, he entered into a partnership with Wedgewood to design a range of heritage bone china collection. Known as the Tisbury collection, it is a quintessential Conran design – elegant and minimalist.
Custom Mug Designs By McLaggan Smith
Ireland is known for producing talented writers and artist like Yeats, Wilde and Maher. Among these recognisable figures is Orla Kiely, a fashion designer from London. Kiely qualified as a textile designer while at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin before moving to New York to for wallpaper and textile company. She then moved to London to complete her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and also began working for Espirit. After she completed her Master’s degree, Kiely began working for several large companies before setting up her own design agency. Now known as the “Queen of Prints”, her floral motifs and retro styles can be seen across a range of products, from custom mugs and plates to handbags and dresses.
Manchester born, Matthew Williamson is a designer known for his use of colourful, bold, and carefully constructed designs. In 1997 he founded the Matthew Williamson fashion house and his designs have gone on to be been seen on catwalks all over the world. He has now teamed up with textile company Osborne & Little to produce a selection of prints influenced by the flora and fauna of the jungles. Teeming lush jungle foliage and vibrant feathers, the prints showcase Williamson’s stimulating colour palette.
Eley Kishimoto is a British fashion and design company founded in 1992 by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, known primarily for its print design. Their designs lean towards a retro look, often featuring contrasting colours, strong geometric shapes and a colour palette reminiscent of the art deco movement. There are 13 wallpaper prints in total, all many of which feature optical illusions within their patterns. Despite the principle activity of the business being womenswear fashion and accessories, the company has also created numerous products to display their print design. These include furniture textiles, wallpapers, glassware, and crockery.
At first glance, the current trend of Scandi design and Japanese minimalism seem to have little in common. However, once you dig deeper, the similarities begin to emerge; both schools promote functionality, and both admire tradition. This is the basis of the collaboration between Japanese fashion designer and fragrance connoisseur Issey Miyaka and Finnish glassware artisans Ittala. They have a surprisingly similar sculptural aesthetic in common; Miyake’s signature tight pleats are prominent features on fluted vases, cushions, and ceramics.