Perfect for picnic season or even – whisper it – a spot of DIY, Amberley is an online specialist of stylish willow- and hazel-wicker home and garden accessories. Using sustainable materials gathered from properly managed land on the Hampshire border, Amberley crafts its chic yet functional pieces with the help of skilled local artisans using traditional techniques in contemporary ways.
Quintessentially English picnic hampers run the gamut from simple paniers to elaborate sets for six or more. Mid-range models include the Henley (£175), the Dorset (£225) and the Balmoral (£345) – all sturdy baskets for four lined in classic navy or green fabric, with stainless-steel cutlery, fine-bone-china cups and plates, insulated cooling sacks and flasks, as well as that crucial picnic component – the corkscrew. More elaborate hampers – the Goodwood (£430, pictured), available in two, four or six person settings, and the Safari (£395) – also include crisp white linens, glass champagne flutes and wool travel rugs with waterproof backing. All baskets are fitted with leather and brass finishes and each is built to last.
Household baskets range from those for laundry (available in three sizes, £37-£65) to kitchen or bathroom paraphernalia (£48-£52), all designed to fit neatly inside cupboards. Baker’s models (£34) for shopping trips, wicker pet carriers in varying shapes and sizes (£27-£42) and two-tone, handmade log baskets (from £15-£19) round out the offerings.
For the garden, there is traditional fencing such as moveable willow hurdles (from £34-£48 per panel) that have a rustic elegance. Willow screening rolls (from £32) to hide clutter, bin screens (£109) and bespoke panelling (price on request) are also available, while understated border edging (from £10) keeps plants – and exuberant puppies – in line.