December 13 2011
Tinsmiths’ timeless homewares have attracted savvy shoppers for a while. Now anyone who can’t easily reach its charming premises – a former tinsmith’s workshop in the market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire – can buy its fabrics, accessories, furniture, lighting and artists’ prints online.
Tinsmiths’ designs are homely, authentic and defiantly anti-fashion. And there’s a big emphasis on British-made products. Among its fabrics are simple cotton checks such as Bluebell (£25 per metre), colourful cotton ticking such as Peony (£22.50 per m) and folk prints such as the organic cotton Allium (first picture, £23.50 per m). Five free fabric swatches can be mailed before a full order is placed and there’s a made-to-measure service for curtains and blinds.
Anyone tired of standard department-store cushions should check out lively designs such as artist Angie Lewin’s Seedheads (£40) or Uzbekistan embroidered cushions (third picture, £82) while savouring natural materials that run the gamut from velvet and silk to ikats and handwoven linens. Tinsmiths’ blankets are equally desirable with Welsh flatweaves (£220) and the softest lambswool throws (£130) among traditional tapestry designs and tartans.
A comprehensive lighting selection includes contemporary designs, among them a wire table lamp (second picture, £105) and classics such as the Swan exterior light (£154), while easily assembled furniture includes an oak towel rack (£75), oak bathroom caddy (£88) and beech trestle legs (£420 per pair). Among the accessories, such as clocks, tableware, kitchenware, hooks, curtain poles and rugs, the focus is on personable designs – a rustic umbrella basket costs £69, large round log baskets £115.
Also very distinctive are the unframed limited-edition prints, wood engravings and lithographs from artists including Mark Hearld, John Richardson, Lucy Clive, Stan Greer and Emily Sutton. Anyone looking for an original gift or wishing to furnish their home with low-key yet charming designs won’t go wrong here.