• 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
  • 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
  • Made in England Sale

    This weekend, we’re holding a Made in England Event, celebrating over 200 years of craftsmanship in the heart of England. For this weekend only, get up to 50% off our range of hand-crafted stoneware here.

    Using time-honoured skills and traditional hand-crafting techniques, we make all of our stoneware collections in our Derbyshire factory. Combining locally sourced clay and our unique glaze recipes, our stoneware collections are beautiful, functional and durable. Every piece is crafted by 20 hands on its journey through the factory and is overseen by our in-house Design team.

    From our iconic Imperial Blue collection to our latest Natural Canvas pattern, every collection is designed for living and made to last. Safe to use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer, our stoneware ranges are versatile and perfect for everyday use.

    Shop our Made in England Event whilst you can here.

    Made in England Sale
  • Find your Perfect Colour

    From neutrals to statement hues, let us help you find the perfect shade for your home.

    From our iconic Imperial Blue collection to the multiple tones of Peveril and the coastal shades of Azure, we have a blue for everyone.

    Green has the ability to calm any room with its subtle tones. Regency Green is a refreshing tableware range in a light shade of green and . Heritage Orchard uses hints of mint green for a natural and relaxed aesthetic.

    Bring an eye-catching colour to the table with our purple Heather and Heritage Heath collections. Heather showcases a striking violet glaze and Heritage Heath provides a softer take on the purple trend.

    Our collection of white ranges including Natural Canvas and White, will complement any interior and can be used for both informal gatherings or special occasions.

    Make a statement with our selection of darker shades. Halo features a distinctive two-tone glaze whilst Jet has a striped pattern that combines black and grey.

    Find your Perfect Colour
  • British Flowers Week

    It’s British Flowers Week – a celebration of the natural beauty that flowers bring. This is an opportunity to venture outside and appreciate the outdoors, from the textures and shapes to the variety of colour that flowers bring.

    Our stoneware collections are crafted from locally-sourced clay and designed and made in our Derbyshire factory. A natural product, our clay is notably strong and durable, and provides the perfect base for our specialist glazes and floral designs.

    In bright floral shades, our Always Entertaining Deli range is guaranteed to bring character to your table. Styled in your outdoor space, Deli can be mixed and matched for an eye-catching look. Bring your flowers into this collection by placing single stems in the Oil Bottles and serve your desserts topped with edible flowers.

    Our Heritage Orchard and Heritage Heath collections are decorated with a flower inspired pattern taken from our 1970's 'Gypsy' range. Whether you prefer the mint green of Heritage Orchard or the natural lilac hue of Heritage Heath, both of these patterns are beautiful and practical.

    British Flowers Week
  • Rhubarb Gin Recipe

    This is a beautifully refreshing drink, perfect to enjoy on National Gin Day and throughout the summer. Served in our contemporary Natural Canvas Large Tumblers, they are the ideal shape and size for serving an infused liquor.

    Only taking 10 minutes to prepare, it’s quick, easy to make and highlights the delicious taste and colour of rhubarb.

    Ingredients:

    400g Fresh rhubarb

    250g White Caster Sugar

    700ml Gin

    Tonic or soda water as preferred

    1 Lemon

    Instructions:

    • Wash the rhubarb stalks and chop them into 2cm lengths. Place them in a jar and pour in the sugar

    • Next, seal the jar and gently shake to cover the rhubarb – the sugar helps to release the juice from the rhubarb

    • Add-in the gin and squeeze the juice from half a lemon

    • Reseal the jar, shake again and store it in a cool place for up to two weeks until the mixture has turned a rhubarb pink colour

    • Serve in beautiful glasses straight from the jar or use a sieve and transfer to a bottle. Top with tonic or soda water for a refreshing taste and finish with a stalk of rhubarb in each glass.

    Shop our Natural Canvas Glass collection here.

    Rhubarb Gin Recipe