July 03 2010
Over the years I’ve managed to acquire an extensive collection of teacups by an ever-expanding list of designers; among them Zara Home’s twists on classic floral prints (from £7), Villari’s gold-plated mini teacups (from £54) and MacKenzie-Childs’ quirky Courtly Check numbers (cups from £17).
But firmly positioned at the top of my list of favourites is Welovekaoru. I discovered the brand in Luna & Curious, Brick Lane’s eclectic haven of wares from the best of London’s yet-to-be-unearthed talent (if you get a chance to stop by, I recommend Imogen Belfield’s sculpted gold rings, innovatively cast from paper and fruit). I bought Welovekaoru’s Floret teacup (pictured, £32 for cup and saucer), a delicate little number made from bone china and decorated with handmade china flowers, and treasured it for months before smashing it by accident a couple of weeks ago.
Venturing out to find a replacement from Welovekaoru’s growing collection, I learnt that the brand – created by Central St Martins graduate Kaoru Parry – works to promote and preserve traditional craftsmanship, with each design incorporating a different skill (for my Floret teacup, it was the art of hand-making china flowers), and Parry outsources production to small independent potteries and traditional artisans in England. With such a lovely back-story, Welovekaoru’s designs have more than aesthetic value for me; I doubt they will be knocked off the top spot anytime soon.