Trending: The Creatives Who Are Killing It
I'm on a constant hunt for new homeware items, designers, makers and talented craftspeople. Whether it be for a client or for my own personal indulgence, I frequently come across some pretty nice stuff and some pretty talented people. Here are four such creative companies and concepts on my wish list:
1. The Kinfolk Table - Favoured by young creative professionals, Kinfolk describes itself as a slow, lifestyle magazine, emphasising values of comfort, simplicity and community. The Kinfolk table marries beautifully uncomplicated imagery with contributions from acclaimed chefs, home cooks, bloggers, designers and a host of other talented souls. It is the publications first cookery book, with 85 recipes gathered from interesting people in interesting places around the world. €32 from makersandbrothers.com.
2. The Informal Florist - Co-owners Claire and Patsie of The Informal Florist have hit the nail on the head with their relaxed, informal approach to floral styling. Described as 'lush, unstructured and informally elegant', their designs are a much-needed break from the structured, diamond encrusted bouquets of days gone by. These ladies are truly on to something special! Find out more at theinformalflorist.com.
3. Mourne Textiles - In 1954 a young Norwegian weaver, Gerd Bergersen, set up a textiles design studio at the foot of the Mourne mountains in Co Down. In the absence of a weaving machine, she taught local farmers' children to weave her designs by hand, and in the process establishing what would become a highly successful business. Today the business is run by Gerd's grandson Mario, and has become one of the most talked about textile studios in Ireland, thanks to their years of expertise and the clean yet luxurious appearance of their range. Incorporating cushions, rugs, throws and more this range is one hard to resist - take a look at mournetextiles.com.
4. Aesop - Striping it back to the traditional apothecary aesthetic of musty brown bottles and minimal labelling, aesop soap and skincare has been on my wish list for some time now. Favouring the effectiveness of natural products like parsley seed, mandarin rind and ylang ylang, ingredient lists are much more recognisable than the endless list of chemicals sometimes seen on skincare ranges. The ingredients are selected based on a wealth of antioxidants, which are proven to reduce the occurrence of free-radicals, which contribute to the premature ageing of the skin. What appeals to me most about this range (aside from the slick packaging) is the appreciation for both science and nature. To see the full range of products available visit www.aesop.com.