Whilst attending the trade fair, Maison and Objet in Paris in 2014, our in-house Pattern Designer, Sue Exton- Russell was profoundly inspired by the contrasting rich tones evident at the show. On her return, she explored current interior trends and acknowledged the reoccurring presence of both light and dark colours within home design. The rise of bolder colourways such as, navy and charcoal could be seen splashed over four walls whilst deeper coloured kitchen units were distinctively paired with white wash walls. Sue was also aware of the growing popularity of open-plan living and the requirement for everyday tableware that could be utilised at breakfast time as well as for special occasions. During her research, she came across vivid imagery of the rare mineral, Blue John. Blue John has only ever been found within the Peak District and was first discovered in Castleton, Derbyshire by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. It was immensely popular in the early 1800s and was present within the table settings found at Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. Blue John, whose name derives from the vibrant colour of the rock, was Sue’s driving inspiration for Peveril; this semi- precious mineral exhibits vibrant patterns of swirling colour in hues of blue and purple. The process of creating Peveril was particularly lengthy and presented a number of challenges to our Print and Glaze teams. Employing the elegant shaping of our Heritage collection, Peveril was crafted using two opulent glazes, which we produce by hand within the factory. The aim of the design was to encapsulate an ombre and textured look, whilst accurately conveying the impact of colour that first inspired our Pattern Designer. Sue was pleased with the final look of the collection saying “I’m very proud of our new range, Peveril. It’s a beautiful dark blue glaze that features a purple ‘edge break’ which is combined with a fresh, bright, mint green”. The use of a highly reactive stripe pattern in the design, confirms the modernity of the collection whilst the detailed shape, makes it a perfect addition to your living space. You can find Peveril here. Photo credits: brightbazaarblog.com, bluejohn-cavern.co.uk.