Tag: design accessories

People we’re loving: Not Another Bill

The people behind Not Another Bill have come up with an ingenious service: susbscribe to them for however long you like (one, three or six months) and they will send you – or a lucky friend (pick me, pick me, pick me) – a surprise present in the post once a month. You have no idea or control over what the treat will be, and nor do the anonymous team, who say they often don’t have a clue themselves until they spot it at an antiques market or tucked away in a little hidden store, or design it themselves with one of their cool jeweller / sculptor / artsy friends.

Because nothing is displayed online, it really is a proper, old-fashioned red-letter-day surprise. And you know it will be fun, quirky and exciting because their website is just that.

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.”