Posts Tagged ‘ceramic’

Quirky ceramic rubber glove sink tidy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Funky ceramic sink tidyModern sink tidy for a contemporary home

This looks like a yellow rubber glove discarded by the sink after doing the washing up, but it’s actually a ceramic sink tidy!

This quirky item has been cleverly created by designer Helen Johannessen, from Yoyo Ceramics, and looks exactly like the infamous Marigold’s. It’s got all the details and creases of the real thing, as if it’s just been taken off.

Placed by the sink, the ceramic rubber glove would be a useful place to store your scourer, plug or dish cloth and it’s sure to fool people.

It costs £22 and can be purchased from Yoyo Ceramics.

If you like the quirkiness of this design, then some  similar items we’ve featured before include the glass plastic bag bowl, the porcelain flour bag container, the porcelain carton milk jug and the tin can storage jar.

Martha Mitchell Design illustrated china

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

White china crisp snack bowlChina sweet dish for entertaining

These unusual illustrated bowls are part of the tableware collection by designer Martha Mitchell, a graduate from Nottingham Trent University.

Her unique ceramic collection features black and white illustrations from popular everyday food products on china bowls and other products. On the crisp bowl, for example, you’ll find tiny images of well known crisp packets, such as Wotsits, French Fries and Monster Munch.

On the sweet bowl, there are cute little images of sweet packets, such as Cadbury Eclairs, Pick ‘n’ Mix, Haribo Strawbs, Werthers Originals and Maoam Stripes.

All of the illustrations are applied by hand, so each piece is unique. The illustrated crisp bowl and illustrated sweet bowl are £12 each and would be perfect to use for Christmas entertaining or party nibbles.

There are lots more products in the range too that are worth a look, including a nice egg cup, mug and cake stand. All the illustrated products are available from Martha Mitchell Design’s online store.

Silhouette wall plates by Andrew Tanner Design

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Contemporary designer silhouette plate

Cutwork plates

These wonderful silhouette wall plates are created and made in England by award-winning designer, Andrew Tanner.

Each of the plates has an imaginative cutwork design so that, when it’s hung on the wall, it creates a silhouette effect.

These three designs – butterfly boutique, Louis chair and the lovebirds – are all part of the Romantic Collection and are designed to be images of romance.

The silhouette plates are a great take on traditional wall plates and are full of funky charm. They cost £75 each or £185 for the set of three from Andrew Tanner Design.

Rob Brandt crushed expresso cup

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Ceramic crushed cup by designer Rob Brandt

Ceramic cup

Sometimes it’s amazing how even the most simplest of designs can be so effective, or so popular.

That’s certainly the case with Rob Brandt’s ceramic expresso cup. Designed to look like a crumpled and squashed used coffee cup, the piece is actually made out of ceramic and will provide a long life of coffee needs.

Each white cup is handmade, so the creases and crumples will be unique to you. At only £4.90 from Made in Design, it’s a fabulous price for a really quirky design piece.

If you like this kind of design idea, you may also like the porcelain flour bag container or the porcelain carton milk jug that we’ve featured previously.

Textured spot teapot

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Unusual spot design teapot

Spotty teapot

The homeware department at Anthropologie can be a bit of a mixed bag at times, but we rather like this white ceramic teapot.

For a start, the bone china teapot is made more unusual by a textured rippled surface. Then it’s impressed with a series of patterned polka dots, livening up the white background. Finally, the top of the teapot lid is finished off with a dash of gold.

The Spots-of-Tea teapot can be used on its own, or coupled up with a matching Spots-of-Tea lidded milk jug or sugar bowl. All three are available from Anthropologie.

Eco re-usable ceramic coffee and tea cup

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Ceramic coffee or tea cup
Ceramic coffee or tea cup

Here’s a novel cup for your favourite tea or coffee. Designed to look like the coffee shop takeaway cups, this one is in fact made of a pretty blue and white china. It comes complete with a heat resistant sleeve, so you can carry it around and not burn your hand whilst you drink it, and a funky rubber lid, just like the ones you’re used to getting with takeout coffees.

If you’re really into eco issues and being green, you could even take this ceramic cup with you to your favourite coffee shop and see if they’re prepared to serve you a cuppa in this, rather than their usual cups.
It’s a fun piece of china for all tea or coffee lovers and is only £12 from Rockett St George.

Wilson ceramic lamp bases from Habitat

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010


Habitat currently have quite a few home accessories and furniture reduced in price, including these two Wilson lamps.

They’re made from matt glazed ceramic and available in a choice of white or black.  We rather like the fact that they’re a bit of an unusual shape, which gives them a modern edge.

The Wilson table lamp base (it comes as a base only, so you can supply your own choice of lampshade) was priced at £35, but each is now down to £28.

Hannah Turner blue crested ceramic bird

Friday, February 26th, 2010
Hannah Turner bird

Hannah Turner bird

Yes, it’s another birdy piece. This one’s by Hannah Turner, a Bristol-based ceramicist, and almost looks like it could double up as a boomerang (although we don’t recommend that you throw it).

Oh no, it would be far better, and safer, to have it perched on a windowsill or bookcase, where it can look at you with its cheery beady eyes. 

Buy your blue crested bird from Liberty.

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Friday, February 12th, 2010
Quirky bird

Quirky bird

Despite the bird trend having been around for a while now, we’re still drawn to finding different bird-related styles and objects for the home.

Take this oddie bird, for example. It’s made of ceramic in a 1950s style and has been hand dipped in a gorgeous cobalt colour. Each oddie bird has enamel feather transfers applied to give it its own unique character. With its long beak and individual style, it differs from many of the other birdy images we’ve seen in interior designs.

You’ll find the oddie bird for sale at the Catkin Collection.

Felicity black and cream table lamp

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Stylish monotone lamp

Stylish monotone lamp

It’s amazing how the base of a lamp can totally change its look. If this one was just a plain colour, it would probably be very easily missable, but the striking cream and black design draws the eye in immediately.

The cream base is made of ceramic and is decorated with a lovely black design, and it’s accompanied by a plain black faux linen drum-style lamp shade.

For a stylish lamp that will turn heads - for all the right reasons – and provide some essential light in a dark corner, then this Felicity table lamp is £65 from Very.

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