Month: August, 2010

People we’re loving: Takae

Takae Mizutani and Sons may sell a rather limited selection of chinaware but in my opinion it is some of the most charming around on the British design scene. “Our aim is to create products that bring a little smile to people’s faces”, says London-based designer Takae, who cites her two cats Mooks and Guinness as primary forces in the evolution of her little company.

Living to spread the smile, Takae designs childhood-inspired pieces that have built her something of a cult following. And so that you can listen in on the design process, each product is packaged with a little leaflet explaining how it came into being.

My favourite is My Egg and Soldiers. Takae has a point, after all: “Don’t you think it’s not really fair that soldiers often have to lie down on a plate? They look sad and already lost before battling with an egg.

Good soldiers need royal horses and a tasty egg needs to be in a humble castle.”

Cash vs. credit: mug cosies

Cosy Mug, £25, Linda Bloomfield; padded Mug Hug, £7, Ruby May London at

Colour me happy

The sun may be hiding, but it’s still summer after all, and the design world seems to be having a childish obsession with dazzling multi-coloured accessories. Clearly, we are all looking for a rainbow to jump over. In the meantime, give your boring minimalist friends something to write home about with these happy colourful accessories. I particularly like the chopsticks.

Top row:  rainbow bunting, £13,; plastic multicoloured chandelier, £39.95,; multicoloured chopsticks, £6, Heal’s.

Middle row: mulitcoloured glasses, £3.50 each, made in design.

Bottom row: rainbow fair trade cushion, £21, Biome Lifestyle; PXL multicoloured table light by Fredrick Mattson, £850, Heal’s; striped Hugo Missoni towel, £104, Amara.

Cash vs. credit: Rabbit cushions

Bunny hop your way through summer with a cute rabbit cushion:

rabbit and cabbage cushion thornback and peelRabbit and cabbage cushion, £60, thornback & peel; Kissing Rabbits cushion, £36, Anorak