Zoe, whose appetite for quirky London design shops knows no bounds, tells us what’s top of her list this week:
If you are near London’s Portobello Market, I strongly recommend you take some time to visit Golborne Road at the top. Apart from the choice of delicious Middle Eastern food stalls and Portuguese coffee and cake shops (freshly made custard tarts abound), there are some great furniture shops too. Tucked away amongst the local shops, you’ll find Universal Suppliers, an upmarket fashion-cum-homes treasure trove that specialises in the surreal and fantastical.
This is where I first saw products by Tina Tsang, namely her Blaue Blume tea-set range, which comprises sugar bowl, tea cup, cake stand and milk jug – all with what appears to be a miniature lady fallen inside. A lot of her designs have an almost fairytale twist: for this, she is top of our list – especially as Christmas looms and we indulge in a healthy dose of fantasy:
Blaue Blume Tea Pot, £65, undergrowthdesign.com
Blaue Blume Sugar Bath, £37.00, undergrowthdesign.com
Blaue Blume tea cup , £37.00, undergrowthdesign.com
Anthropologie also stock a collection of 3 teapots from the American designer Jono Pandolfi. They are constructed from what look like cups turned on their side and inside out, fittingly named the Willy-Nilly Teapots.
Willy-Nilly Teapot, Honeycomb, £148; Willy-Nilly Teapot, Button, £248; Willy-Nilly Teapot, Polkadot £148, Anthropologie
We asked Jono how he came up with the design:
‘My inspiration? These are really meant to be statement teapots, sculptural vessels that could have a ritual use. The decoration was based partly on antique chinese ceramics. I wanted the material and surface decoration to feel really old while keeping the forms really modern and different’.
They are certainly that.