• Q&A with Blogger and Stylist Lou Archell

    We’ve partnered with design blogger and interiors stylist, Lou Archell from the blog, Little Green Shed to introduce the Modern Rustic trend.

    Here we ask Lou about the trend, her home and inspirations.

    1.What does Modern Rustic mean to you, and what do you love about it?

    Modern Rustic is a pared-back look where natural woods mix with textured linens, chalky handmade ceramics and tarnished metals. It is a look that pairs old with new, rough with smooth and natural and the man made.

    What I love about it is the combination of utility and beauty. Function and form. Soulful interiors which have developed over time. As the Japanese love to call it ‘Wabi Sabi’ – the love of the imperfect, the raw, the natural. The Denby Studio Craft range fits in perfectly with this aesthetic, with its warm tones and textured glazes.

    2.What advice would pass on for styling the trend for those without much space or budget?

    Start small and pick out a few key pieces. Modern Rustic isn’t about expensive items from high end shops, it’s about embracing a natural, crafted way of life. Mix up your bowls or cutlery with some chosen pieces. Scour car boots for old silver cutlery and linen table cloths but also get inventive with what you have.

    I think it’s all about a considered home. Choosing to fill your home with items that you love, that have a history or are designed to enhance the way you live. Buying something once, buying it well doesn’t mean expensive. Make a considered decision on whether this item will go with what you already have. A neutral tableware collection like Natural Canvas from Denby will complement other tableware pieces and work alongside foraged finds or vintage pieces for the table. In a world of consumerism I think it’s an important decision to make. Items that have been handcrafted are honest, have a natural quality to them - and in turn that is wholly authentic.

    3.How do you style Modern Rustic in your own home?

    In nearly every room in the house there is something that has been handmade or is taken from nature. I am a big fan of white, and all of our rooms are painted in an off white shade. White works with everything, especially wood and natural tones. Our lounge has layers of sheepskin and wood, with hand dyed indigo cushions, old glass bottles from France, a collection of shells from beaches around the world, beautiful ceramics, a vase with dried seed pods. These items are all on the white, earthy and blue colour spectrum, where each item compliments the other, with no jarring colour pops. I’ve become a bit of a colour phobe!

    I have a bit of a ceramics addiction. Collecting the odd plate from here and there. I love to mix it up, never using the same bowls or plates when laying the table. I love how the Studio Craft range has four different colour glazes, so this idea is made easy. When laying the table I love to use natural linen napkins or even tea towels, if they are pretty enough, then why not!

    4.What is your favourite piece from Denby’s collections?

    Gosh this is so hard to choose, but I think it has to be the Studio Craft nesting bowls. Four shallow bowls of different sizes, each showcasing the beautiful colours and glazes. Perfect for styling and for serving - dual purpose, a must for the stylist in me. And the fact that they nest inside each other is great as I am always running out of space in my kitchen cupboards.

    5. Where / who do you get your design inspiration from?

    From all over the world! I am a keen traveller and have been inspired by markets, homes and hotels from my holidays. I’m also an Instagram addict and I love to see how people live their lives across the world. From the cool Scandinavian countries to North African deserts and in between. I’m a bit of a nomad, interiors addict and photography enthusiast, so all of these things really inspire me in my work and home life.

    Also see our Modern Rustic film introducing the Studio Craft collection here.

    Q&A with Blogger and Stylist Lou Archell
  • The London Design Fair

    We recently attended the London Design Fair with our sustainable partner, Blue Patch. Styled alongside ten other British brands, we showcased our latest collections, Natural Canvas and Studio Craft.

    The London Design Fair features a range of inspirational designers and brands and takes place at the Old Truman Brewery in stylish East London. From tableware to lighting and furniture, the event presents a wide variety of design in one place and is a great destination to discover the latest trends and industry movements.

    Positioned on the Blue Patch stand alongside other brands including textiles maker, Fable & Base and furniture designer, Afid Design, the Blue Patch stand reflected the quality and craftsmanship that British design has to offer. A mixture of colours and textures, it showed the real beauty and versatility of every piece being shown. Our rustic and earthy Studio Craft design was featured on Afid Design’s ‘70s styled cabinet which perfectly complemented the woody tones of the range. Natural Canvas was gathered on Studio Perki’s architectural table design capturing the natural and modern aesthetic of this pattern.

    Blue Patch specifically champion British made products that are both sustainable and economical. With our ‘zero to landfill’ promise and mission to recycle over 100,000 litres of glaze as well as 300 tonnes of packaging every year, we feel very passionate about their dedication to the environment and are proud to be a part of Blue Patch’s catalogue.

    Our Senior Designer, Nicola Wilson said "It was a great experience to be part of the Blue Patch stand at the LDF. It was interesting seeing Denby displayed in a design-orientated environment and both the Studio Craft and Natural Canvas collections came into their own displayed on the beautiful pieces of handmade furniture. "

    Find us on Blue Patch and shop our collections here.

    The London Design Fair
  • Food blogger Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate has created an exclusive menu of dishes for us inspired by the Modern Rustic trend and which are perfect for sharing with friends.

    Here she shares with us her beetroot, goats cheese and thyme tart recipe which is the ideal dish to serve and share.

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    ● 320g ready rolled puff pastry

    ● 3 tbsp thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs to serve

    ● 150g mascarpone, at room temperature

    ● 200g goats cheese

    ● 250g fresh cooked beetroot, drained and sliced

    ● 2 tbsp honey

    ● Rocket, to serve

    Method

    1.Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Unroll the pastry onto a baking sheet, trimming any excess pastry at either end if necessary. Score a 1cm border around the edge of the pastry sheet, prick all over with a fork, then bake for 10 minutes.

    2.Mix together the mascarpone, half of the goats cheese, honey and thyme leaves. Pat dry the sliced beetroot with kitchen paper.

    3.Allow the pre-baked pastry sheet to cool a little before spreading over the cheese base, topping with the slices of beetroot and dotting with the remaining goats cheese.

    4.Bake for a further 10 minutes until golden. Top with rocket and extra thyme sprigs to serve.

    For tips on how to style the Modern Rustic trend in your home, see here.

    Kym Grimshaw’s Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Thyme Tart
  • The Rise of the Bowl

    With the recent move away from processed foods and the rise of healthy eating, comes a new trend: the multi-functional bowl. Definitively versatile and wonderfully practical, the bowl appears to have taken over the plate as the leading crockery form.

    This development may be due to the bowl’s capacity to offer its user a reliable source that can withstand any culinary concoction, whether it be salmon and rice or noodle soup. It appears that the bowl is now an integral element of the eating experience, adding to its appeal as well as its appearance.

    Bowls not only provide a reliable eating surface, they also look wonderfully stylish. Whether piled high displayed within a kitchen cabinet or meticulously placed on the dining table, bowls now come in many shapes, sizes and colours which when combined, make for a certain stylish arrangement. In addition to this, mixing and matching can now be seen throughout current interiors. There is no longer an emphasis on perfectly matching tableware; if anything, this spontaneous look impacts the whole enjoyment and taste of cooking.

    There is something rather comforting about eating from a bowl as well as preparing food that fits well within this container. In particular, lean meats, grains and vegetables lend themselves well to the curved shaping of the bowl.

    Furthermore, there is no one must-have sized bowl, the focus is rather on the diversity of a family of bowls: the pasta bowl, the rice bowl and the noodle bowl. The way that such bowls fit so neatly into one another, is a great way of creating a chic and simple table layout. They can also be used for your appetisers through to desserts, making them a firm investment amongst your crockery collection.

    Who ingenuously defined the perimeters of the bowl and confined its existence to the kitchen? The bowl is also an extraordinarily valuable piece to utilise within your home; try incorporating it into your living room décor, as a candle holder or for creating miniature floral arrangements. You can also introduce it into the bedroom, to hold bedside trinkets or as a minimalist container on your dressing table.

    Buy the trend and get up to 50% off selected bowls in our exclusive 'Rise of the Bowl' event this weekend only.

    The Rise of the Bowl
  • Food blogger Kym Grimshaw from On The Plate has created an exclusive menu of dishes for us inspired by the Modern Rustic trend and which are perfect for sharing with friends. Her recipes bring a taste of the outdoors to the table with colourful dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, finished off with foraged fruits and berries.

    For a taste of something sweet, here Kym shares with us her raspberry ripple and white chocolate cheesecake bar recipe.

    Ingredients (serves 9)

    ● 300g gingernut biscuits

    ● 75g unsalted butter, melted

    ● 600g cream cheese

    ● 3 large eggs

    ● 75g caster sugar

    ● 1 ½ tsp cornflour

    ● 150g white chocolate, melted

    ● 150g fresh raspberries, plus extra to serve

    ● 30g golden caster sugar

    Method

    1.Begin by making the raspberry ripple, puree the raspberries and add to a pan with the golden caster sugar. Bring to a low simmer and reduce until slightly thickened, for 1 - 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    2.Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line a 24cm x 24cm oven dish with tin foil. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor and combine with the melted butter. Put the crumble base into the the lined dish and press down.

    3.Whisk the eggs, then mix in the cream cheese, sugar and melted white chocolate. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth out.

    4.Add the raspberry puree to the top of the cheesecake and swirl with a skewer.

    5.Bake for 45 minutes, leave to cool and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before slicing into squares. Serve with extra raspberries.

    Discover more from our Modern Rustic campaign here.

    Kym Grimshaw’s Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
  • New: Monsoon Gather

    New for 2017, we’ve worked with Monsoon to create Monsoon Gather which is a capsule collection inspired by a pattern taken from Monsoon’s fashion archive. A wonderful gift and a stunning addition to your living space, the pieces mix and match to allow you to create a welcoming table of food to share and enjoy. The etched design creates tonal decoration on each piece to create a harmonious contemporary collection.

    Inspired by a Monsoon archive fashion print, then re-interpreted into a tableware design, this beautiful collection is perfect for laidback gatherings. The collection includes a selection of bespoke bowls, platters, medium plates and stylish accessories. Each piece features carefully etched fine line work in soft muted tones of grey, blue, pink and green.

    Our Senior Designer, Nicola Wilson says, "Both Denby and Monsoon are all about colour, and we wanted to look at a range that shows colour and pattern in a different way. Denby have a long history of using relief and texture and at recent trend shows we have seen a resurgence in texture being used in interiors, on everything from furniture to home accessories. We worked with Monsoon to select 'Louella' from their fashion archive that we thought could be used to create a feminine and eclectic story to add to the Denby x Monsoon portfolio."

    The Gather collection has been designed using Denby's expertise in shape, colour and glaze to create a range of beautifully designed and bespoke eating and serving pieces. The original Monsoon fabric design has then been hand-carved into ceramic moulds which in turn create the textured emboss finish. The durable porcelain pieces can be used in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer. All pieces are beautifully packaged allowing visibility of product and great for gifting.

    The collection is designed with relaxed gatherings in mind and is ideal for hosting a brunch, afternoon tea or celebrating a special occasion with friends and family where key life moments are shared. The individual pieces have been developed with modern eating and serving habits in mind, and as a result the capsule range includes a variety of bowls and platters which meet the needs of a modern home.

    Discover the full Denby x Monsoon Gather collection here. ca

    New: Monsoon Gather