We may be famed for fish and chips, The Beatles and black cabs but Britain’s influence on pop culture (and the world) doesn’t stop at food, fashion and cars. We’ve also enjoyed a long design history in the UK too, especially when it comes to homewares made with quality, craftsmanship and heart. Truly the best of British!
What’s more, we’re not just talking about our own British-made furniture (although of course we do design and handcraft every item here in the UK #justsaying).
In fact, all across our fair isle is rife with amazing interior talent, making home grown products using time-honoured techniques and skill. We think this is something very special, and thus, worth celebrating.
So if (like us) you also champion British design, here’s our Willow & Hall pick of 5 of the best places to source unique and British homewares. Made, sold and, above all, manufactured right here in the UK.
The Maker Place
Hand thrown ceramic citrus squeezer, £27, Kara Leigh Ford Ceramics. Available at The Maker Place.
Operating since 2016, it doesn’t get much more British than The Maker Place. This is a fantastic resource to find beautifully crafted British homewares, coupled with a low carbon footprint. They’ve even ensured that 99% of the homewares, gifts and accessories they source are made entirely in the UK.
The range, available to order online, includes lighting, soft furnishings, art prints, kitchenware and more. All individually handpicked from UK makers. What’s more, each item is sustainable, and also has its own unique story. So you can find out more about the people behind the products you’re purchasing together with shopping too.
The Great British Home
Vintage playing cards “LOVE” frame, £45, The Great British home.
Founded in 2014 by interior designer Shani-Marie Chew, The Great British Home is a celebration of British design talent. They also have a focus on homewares created with craftsmanship and quality.
Shani (who once worked as a homeware buyer for a major retailer) set-up The Great British Home to showcase original designs by independent British brands. Everything is available to order online. And, as well as homewares and accessories, it’s a great place to find unique gift ideas too.
Handmade in Britain
MIMA Side Table £895, John Eadon. Available at Handmade in Britain.
Handmade in Britain (as you might suspect) is a curator of British, handcrafted products. Not just interiors related but also fashion and jewellery too. They take pride in championing upcoming new talent, with a homewares range that spans everything from glassware and sculpture to textiles and furniture.
You can purchase products by category on their website or at one of their annual events. These events give you a great opportunity to meet the makers in person and see a host of Handmade in Britain’s partner ranges first hand.
The British Blanket Company
Rainbow Stripe Herringbone Throw, £59, The British Blanket Company.
The British Blanket Company sources, stocks and celebrates British wool manufacturing. Brother and sister team Joe and Bethan cherry-pick their wares from the best of Britain’s mills. They offer an eclectic collection of throws, picnic rugs and blankets.
Their throws and blankets are available in a range of colours. Delivery is free to UK mainland addresses too, making it even easier to support home grown talent. So, if you’re looking for a waterproof picnic rug, or a cosy throw for a sofa, this is the place.
Mimi Emmett England
Pineapple Cushion, £55, Mimi Emmett England
Mimi Emmett is a textile and design graduate who studied in the UK,. She now specialises in homewares using her own signature prints inspired by Norfolk’s coast, and Britain’s countryside.
Every piece in her online shop is printed and handmade in the UK to the highest manufacturing and welfare standards. All items also feature a selection of playful and wistful prints. Perfect for both inner city homes and coastal and country retreats!
3 British Style Feeds
For more interior design advice, delivered to your inbox, tablet or mobile, here are three great sites to follow…
The online edition of the print mag of the same name. The English Home offers room inspiration and decorating tips, always with a British angle.
Full of pics from her own home, and that of other Brits based in the UK. Emily’s blog is a great source of ideas for on-trend style updates to make indoors.
Emily, founder of The Pink House interior blog.
Our own Willow & Hall blog offers advice around creating a home you love, British design inspiration and culture in the UK.
And if you really want to be more British at home, you could always fly the flag with a Union Jack colour scheme in your living spaces.
The Willow & Hall team