Buying goods direct from the maker is a very commendable trend and, fortunately for consumers who find themselves unable to make it to actual bricks-and-mortar studios, it is becoming increasingly easy to access designer-makers via showcase websites such as British By Design.
Managed by Design Events, a not-for-profit set up to help designers become creative practices, British By Design is filled with innovative, beautiful goodies for both the home and the person made by rising-star designers who most consumers would struggle to find elsewhere. People such as Young & Battaglia, an Anglo-Italian duo fast making a name for themselves as designers of witty pieces such as the White Bookshelf wallpaper (£70 per roll) and jeweller Rachel Whitehead, whose Sterling Silver Flower Brooch (£170) would make someone a very nice Christmas gift indeed.
Unless you happen to know that you want a console table (in which case, click on Furniture and scroll down to Deadgood’s Love Console (second picture, £634), the easiest way to browse the site is via the Latest Products section. The day I visited, there were 15 pages of lovely new things, including Matt Pugh’s Walnut Owl, which proved so irresistible that I found myself purchasing an entire parliament of the things (first picture, £25 each).