A few years ago, Australian interior designer Gary Elton and his goddaughter Penny Capper set off on a journey. Their travels took them to Bali, Java, Cambodia, Holland, India and Australia, and resulted in Happy + Co, a website specialising in everyday home essentials that are, in their words, “a joy to look at and a pleasure to use”.
Featuring stylish cushions, table linens, bedding and furniture that the pair developed en route, Happy + Co stands out for its bold black and white prints, all designed to raise a smile. Its duck-feather-filled throw pillows (from £45), for example, are screenprinted in Bali with stylised Indonesian ikat details (Gili), profusions of palm fronds (Bondi) and Australian bogong moths. The Palm Beach and Bondi prints also made their way on to turquoise-lacquered-legged ottomans (£275) and armchairs (£595), designed to bring a dash of beachside sunshine into any city living room. Graphic napkins (£20 for four) round out the monochrome mix.
The venture also stands out for its socially responsible side: 10 per cent of the site’s profits go to the Happy + Co Farm in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap, which employs over 40 locals who plant, harvest and market its chemical-free fruits and vegetables.
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