Following on from our last issue, Hayley Flangan brings us the second four of the eight leading home-grown designers we should know.
MissPrint was created by mother and daughter, Yvonne and Rebecca Drury, who are based in a countryside studio on the borders of East London. They believe that visual design has a huge part to play in our everyday well-being, particularly when used within the home. They like to remain honest to their roots and design using basic processes. Every MissPrint pattern is hand-illustrated by Rebecca – the non-perfect lines and non-uniformity are things they love. With a desire to support local community and the British manufacturing industry, all their wallpapers, cushions, fabric and lampshades are produced in the UK. Plus they’re ecologically friendly, with the entire range being PEFC certified or FSC certified and printed with organic pigment inks, which are non-toxic, free of heavy metals and classed as non-carcinogenic.
Featured as one of the Sunday Times Top 30 Fabric and Wallpaper designers, Sian Elin sells pattern-led and colourful homewares. With one foot firmly rooted in the West, Sian looks to the East for inspiration and all of her patterns are hand-drawn in her signature style to create a unique and recognisable brand. Her fresh designs and globally-inspired colour palette create a mix of products, where Scandinavian style combines with Eastern pattern. Everything is printed and made in the UK. The wallpaper is printed in the North of England using eco-friendly water-based inks, resulting in the highest quality paper with exceptional colour reproduction. Her fabrics are expertly digitally printed at an 80-year-old industry-leading factory in the North of England and her cushions and fabric lampshades are hand-made in Wales.
Orwell and Goode are a smiley duo of designer printmakers based in a stunning location in the Scottish Borders, working from two beautifully converted stable blocks. Zuzana and Bronagh met in 2008 when Mrs Orwell taught Mrs Goode how to silk screen print and they became great friends. While on holiday in Ireland together late 2010 they had the idea for ‘Orwell and Goode’, liking how it sounded like “all well and good”! The pair make an interesting combination which is evident in their creations and with only a few months to create everything they launched at their first trade show in April 2011. Together along with their very talented team they design, hand print and make the most beautiful of creations for living, loving and giving.
Launched in 2006 by London-based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns is an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics. Their design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. Travel also influences their work and much of their inspiration comes from holidays and field trips, both at home and abroad. All their wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, tea towels and bags are made in the UK by people with whom they’ve developed long-standing relationships. Producing in the UK also helps to keep their carbon footprint down, by minimising the number of journeys a product makes before it gets to the customer.