Home Ethics

Among all the lovely products on show at Home London and Top Drawer, two exhibitors in particular really impressed me, not only with their beautiful pieces but with their ethics…

FENTON

Fenton sources fine art from UK graduates and then pays for the rights to a particular piece.  They then take details from the piece and scale it up, scale it down, multiply it into various patterns which are then printed onto various fabrics, papers and canvas.  Fenton then takes their artist inspired printed design and locally manufactures cushions, lampshades, wallpapers and other home accessories.  The great thing is though that everytime a Fenton product is sold, the original artist is then given a royalty.  It’s such a nice idea that the artist will see a monetary return from their original piece taking on a new form, and makes their work and name more accessible.

The Highly Strung Collection developed from an original artwork called ‘Problem Child’ by Charles Robinson was my favourite fabric….closely followed by the Fragments fabric from the Evolution Collection!

Charles Robinson Problem Child Original Artwork Fenton

‘Problem Child’ original artwork by Charles Robinson

Fenton highly strung collection floral and rose

Fenton’s Highly Strung Fabric shown on cushions. The top row is the Floral print and the bottom row is the Rose. Love how elements from the original artwork have developed into a candy coloured ‘floral’ chintz.

Fenton evolution collection fragments

Close up image of the Fragments print from the Evolution Collection.

GREEN & BLUE

I got a real sense from Green & Blue that their work ethic is very much form follows function and I love that!  Just so happens that their forms are beautiful as well as functional!  Take their hanging or wall mounted birdballs for example…

green and blue birdball

Green & Blue’s wall mounted birdball shown in white and the hanging alternative in terracotta.

…so elegant in their simple spherical form.  The balls come in a matte white or terracotta finish.  When I asked if they come in other glazes or colours, they explained that the matte finish and natural colour palettes are more conducive to birds nesting.  I like how they have remained focused on the product purpose and haven’t gone down the route of other colours for this particular product just for potentially more sales and financial gain.  They do have a range of Bird Feeders however where they could use colourful glazes because the gloss finish is more practical for the product.

green and blue birdball seed feeder

The various gloss glazes of Green & Blue’s seed feeder.

They also showcased some various sized bricks which encourage bees to nest in them.  The grey dimpled bricks come in a variety of sizes and can be arranged into an attractive modular display for somewhere in your garden, or the bricks manufactured to match standard brick size can even be used for building work.  A nice way to help save the bees when building your extension!

Another Green & Blue product which is just so simple but stunning, a definite fave of mine is the Sandcastle Bowl.  Check this beauty out….

green and blue sandcastle bowl

Sandcastle Bowl available in white, blue and a gorgeous lemon yellow.

….oh yes, it’s going straight on my wishlist!

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