Designers Guild won our award for Best Design Brand 2010, but its collections have been so good this year that it’s been shortlisted again! As well as producing innovative ranges of fabrics, wallpapers and rugs, it has collaborated with French couturier Christian Lacroix, who launched a fabrics collection this year.
Founded in 2004, Pinch Design consists of husband-and-wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. Their furniture is made by hand with beautiful woods including oak and walnut; pieces such as their ‘Imo’ bar stools, ‘Alba’ console and ‘Vigo’ triple shelving unit (all pictured) represent contemporary style and traditional craftsmanship at their best.
Print-driven company Mini Moderns creates retro-fabulous wallpapers, textiles and accessories for the home, including ‘Whitby’ plates, ‘Festival’ tableware and ‘Whitby’ wallpaper (all pictured). With influences ranging from the 1951 Festival of Britain (whose 60th anniversary it celebrated this year with collections of wallpaper and crockery) to seaside imagery and folk rock, everything it turns its hand to is original, beautiful and quintessentially English.
Hong Kong-born, UK-based designer Samuel Chan founded Channels 16 years ago, quickly carving out a niche with his signature clean, contemporary furniture. The age-old craft of woodworking is at the forefront of his stunningly simple collection, which includes the playful ‘Gillespie’ walnut side tables, adaptable ‘Pallet’ drawer system and compact ‘Motley II’ oak wardrobe, bookcase and benches pictured.
Ercol is a stalwart of British design, celebrating its 90th anniversary last year by reissuing a selection of classic archive designs. This year, it’s notched up two super-successful collaborations — the ‘Barton’ dining and cabinet collection created with Sir Terence Conran (shelves, coffee table and nesting side tables pictured) and the mid-century chic ‘Chiltern’ dining range for John Lewis.