It’s filled with goodies, which have been made in North and East London by lovely ethical companies – items typically include a hand crocheted storage basket made especially in Location Location’s trademark yellow and grey, hand poured soy candles by The Pure Scent, artisan chocolate from Land Chocolate, handmade soap from The Funky Soap Company and a letterpress postcard from Harrington & Squires.
We’ve been great admirers of Know & Love since they launched. Karen Sims, who runs the site, has a great eye for practical, stylish and simple items. Many of them are made in Hackney and most are hand-crafted and made with natural materials. It’s lovely to now be working with Karen to pick out items we think new homeowners will love.
Meet the Makers
Rachel Rogers, Clapton
Designer and maker Rachel started crocheting baskets as storage for her children’s toys (and for her yarn collection) and, when her friends saw them, the orders started flooding in.
Now she uses chunky recycled cotton yarn in vibrant colours, as well as storage baskets in various sizes she makes shopper style bags, plant hangers and plant pot covers.
Her designs make fabulous gifts and are great statement pieces for modern homes. Check them out here.
The Pure Scent – Walthamstow
Combining their love of aromatherapy, organics and design, Matthew and Fernando handmake soy candles in their Walthamstow home, where they’ve converted the spare bedroom into a studio. They said: “It is great to think that something we started as an experiment in making aromatherapy candles for ourselves has become something that other people would want to experience.”
Soy candles are made from soybeans, - they’re cleaner with little soot, are non-toxic and typically burn for longer. Soy wax is also biodegradable.
Land Chocolate, Bethnal Green
A trip to a cacao field in Guatemala proved life-changing for former radio producer Phil Landers. He came home and started working with Paul A. Young, learning the art of thechocolatier. At home he’d experiment in the kitchen, using an Indian spice grinder and a hairdryer to form his first bars by lamplight. He soon joined The Mast Brothers and travelled to Nicaragua to sample new cacao varieties and learn about harvesting and fermentation.
Today Phil is a talented and passionate chocolatier – running Land Chocolate from a former furniture-maker’s workshop in Bethnal Green. His bars feature cacao from south and central America.
Harrington & Squires, Tufnell Park
Graphic designers Chrissie Charlton and Vicky Fullick are the brains behind Harrington & Squires.
Using traditional letterpress printing and digital printing, they produce stationary, limited edition artists’ books and one-off commissions.
Clients include Bob and Blossom, London, Whistle, San Francisco, Nicole Farhi and MQueens.
Their company name pays homage to Bob Harrington and Horace Squires, compositors and letterpress tutors at Hornsey College of Art in the late 1960s.
The Funky Soap Company, Leyton
Five years ago Anni Kriesche started making natural soap in her Clapton kitchen and she sold them on a market stall. Today the mother of three has expanded to a factory in Lea Bridge Road, where she employs eight other mums and sells up to 600 soap bars and haircare products per day.
Products sold by The Funky Soap Company are made of completely natural ingredients and feature pure oils and butters and fresh ingredients such as cucumber, avocado, berries, carrot and banana. They’re free from SLS, Parabens and preservatives.
Anni said: “We strongly believe in the beauty recipes of our grandmothers who used to make skin treatments out of things you could find in the house and kitchen.”
Among the company’s pledges are “to use the power and simplicity of nature to cleanse, soothe, heal and protect your skin.”
Posted 29th October 2018
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