UK designer Stuart Gardiner‘s enchanting prints have already been snapped up by the likes of Liberty and Selfridges. Colourful, quirky and thoughtful, they are all you need for a cheery, chirpy kitchen. He is most famed for his Seasonal Guide tea towels, which range from wild food and garden flowers to seafood and sustainable provender, but his cheeky love / hate oven mitts and eloquent ‘drop scones not bombs’ tote are fast blazing their own design trail.
He uses organic materials wherever possible and everything is produced on-site in East London. Doing the drying up has never been so fun – nor so informative.
My friend Emma’s brother Tom Lakeman, who aptly writes a blog called EMMASBROTHER and runs conceptual still life platform The Blackout Studio, creates breathtaking art from small, humble and inspired beginnings: the good old fashioned gobstopper. I always thought they were pretty cool as sweets go, but I never knew they could look so good:
As grey skies hang horribly low, and summer seems a world away, we could all do with a happy hit of colour while we wind our way through February – and this hits the spot perfectly.
In an inspired move, he has also branched into ribbons and the results are equally as beautiful:
I would love to be able to tell you a little more about him, but he is a mysterious character, whose About section says only this:
AN ART DECORATOR
CAN BREATHE UNDERWATER
LIVES IN LONDON
As for the rest: you will have to find out yourselves.
Rhino lamp, £99, Graham & Green