I literally gasped when I first set eyes on the pottery by Robert Gordon Australia. These pictures give you a sneak peek into the brand’s studio where they create the beautiful pieces for each seasonal collection. The company has been making pottery for over 25 years and is one of the last large scale potteries left in Australia. I love how they still ensure that each piece of pottery is glazed by hand – it’s the slight variations and idiosyncrasies caused by this that make handmade pottery so special. My three standout pieces from their Spring/Summer14 collection are the indigo Stripe dinner plate and Spot side plate, along with the beautiful half-dipped Swatch mugs – one in each colour for Mr. Bazaar, please! Which of their pieces do you like best?
// Photography by Robert Gordon Australia
1. This gorgeous field is opposite the Bright.Bazaar cottage and I am completely in love with it!
2. Loved the exotic, vibrant and stylish packaging of Emily Fruit Crisps.
3. I felt inspired by this mix of colour and texture.
4. I’ve never owned a bin as stylish (or colourful!) as my new Mineral Mint 30L flatback bin design by Brabantia.
5. London was unexpectedly gorgeous with blue skies this weekend.
6. I was excited to see that Farrow & Ball called me ‘the Jamie Oliver of interiors’ in their review of the Bright.Bazaar book.
7. This simple brunch I made on Saturday with a wholemeal muffin topped with spinach, lean bacon, avocado, poached egg and chilli flakes tasted so good.
8. My Instagram pal, TomyK, kindly sent me a one-off watercolour cushion from his Greek boutique as a congratulations present.
9. When Mr. Bazaar sees a pink car out of the corner of his eye, he gets off the tube at the next stop and walks all the way back to take a picture of it before getting back on the tube!
10. This pink and yellow flower caught my eye on a Sunday walk – does anyone know which variety it is?
When I was ten years old I did my end of term ‘special project’ on the history of theatre and backstage workings. Then during my GCSE years I applied to do work experience at our local theatre and subsequently worked backstage as a stage hand for Christmas Pantomimes and summer performances. So surfice to say I’ve always been interested in the backstage workings of theatre (you can read more of my dream of becoming a theatre set designer in the Living Rooms chapter (p.128) in the Bright.Bazaar book). With that in mind it will come as no surprise to read that I was delighted when Keith and Mark, the duo behind British design brand Mini Moderns, told me that their new collection was inspired by a backstage tour of the National Theatre in London.
About three years ago I, too, went on a backstage tour of the theatre and remember feeling captivated by the vast array of props, costumes and technical workings behind the scenes. I’m so inspired by how the Mini Moderns chaps have translated their similar inspirations into such a cheerful, vibrant and intriguing collection of homewares. Inspired particularly by the props they saw from iconic National Theatre productions – One man, Two Guvnors, Pravda, An Inspector Calls, Macbeth – the collection, available this autumn through the National Theatre Shop, includes cushions, coasters, tote bags, stationery and more. I love how they didn’t choose the most iconic prop for each production, instead picking items that although heavily related to their given show, aren’t so obvious that you could instantly work it out without having seen the production. Personally I love the lightbulb cushion – what’s catching your eye? Congratulations, Mini Mods guys, on another creative and original collection!