November 19 2010
Billed rather neatly as “a temporary contemporary store”, Settle is the pre-Christmas pop-up you won’t want to miss, featuring four talented designer-makers: Helen Minns, Louisa Taylor, Eleanor Pritchard and Stefanie Legros. The quartet majors on handmade homewares in muted colours, understated domestic delights that are inviting to the touch, both satisfyingly crafty and coolly contemporary.
Highlights of this low-key store are the charming biscuit-coloured natural linen cushions, hand printed with silhouettes of birds and hares (from £48) by textiles designer Helen Minns. Eleanor Pritchard contributes wonderfully cosy woven-wool blankets and cushions, striped with subtle hues such as duck egg and burnt orange (Uniform Stripe blanket, £164). And Stefanie Legros specialises in “repurposed” pieces for kids’ rooms, transforming old school desks, chairs and lockers into children’s bedroom furniture (£60 for the blue chair pictured).
Louisa Taylor is probably the starriest of the group, having recently been spotted by the buyers at Conran and engaged as the subject of the first in its “Handcrafted in Britain” series of selling shows. Her hand-thrown porcelain tableware, from simple milk jugs to pinch pots, is inspired by 18th-century china (tall grey vase, £50).
Settle – what a lovely, cosy name – promises to be the perfect place to find seasonal gifts that will please for years to come.
First picture shows blue painted chair from Stefanie Legros, £60. On chair: Eleanor Pritchard Uniform Stripe blanket, £164, and Louisa Taylor vase, £50. Second picture: Louisa Taylor pots, from £50. Third picture: Helen Minns’ natural linen cushion, £48, and Eleanor Pritchard stripe cushion, £90.