We reveal some of Britain’s best up-and-coming female homeware design talent, as selected by top interior stylist Maxine Brady
If you’re a pattern lover, then say hello to Sian Elin
Named by the Sunday Times as one of its Top 30 Wallpaper & Fabric designers to watch, Sian Elin’s abstract fabrics are very eye-catching and look fresh and modern. My favourite design is her yellow Horseshoes print (£75 p/m) which would make amazing curtains.
If you love retro designs, then hunt out MissPrint
MissPrint is mother and daughter wallpaper team, Yvonne and Rebecca, who are based in a countryside studio on the borders of east London. Yvonne’s husband Lee joined the company (following a career at British Gas) to make this an all family-run affair in 2005. The brand’s designs are made in the UK and are ecologically friendly, with the entire range being PEFC certified and printed with organic, non-toxic pigment inks. I’m in love with their latest design – the Foxglove, which costs £64.95 per roll.
If you love rich colour, then discover Abigail Ahern
Stylist, shop owner and author Abigail Ahern is recognised among design aficionados for her iconic style. She worked for many years as a Living Etc stylist, where she showcased her enchanting take on interiors. Since then, she has launched a successful blog and interiors shop, based in Islington, London. Her paint colours are the best – deep shades that are dark and inviting. Mott is an outstanding shade of blue, and very ‘now’. It costs £33 for 2.5l.
If you love ceramics, then seek out Snowden Flood
While living in New York in the 1990s, Snowden Flood became obsessed with designing and manufacturing high quality souvenirs. When she returned home to London in 2000 she opened up her studio-shop overlooking the Thames, where she designs and sells a range of ceramics that feature iconic London imagery. I’m daydreaming about owning her River series of plates (£24.95 each) to hang on my wall.
If you’re into upcycling, then you’ll love Florrie+Bill
It all started in 2011 when upcycling fan Amy Cawson transformed a tatty vintage sofa found at her local YMCA into something rather spectacular. Inspired by the transformation, she launched Florrie+Bill. Now Amy seeks out classic British furniture such as G Plan, Ercol and Parker Knoll, and then reupholsters them in British-made materials from the likes of Flock, Abigail Borg, Tamasyn Gambell, Designers Guild, Andrew Martin, Romo, Kirkby Designs and Bute. Her operation works out of a 3500 sq.ft. workshop and showroom in Long Eaton, Nottingham using highly skilled local upholsterers and French-polishers. The Flocktail Northmore Major chair (£595) is an instant classic.
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