Happy New Year!
I hope you have had a love holiday with family and friends and are now fully embracing the new year.
So, with the start to a New year we can take our time to refresh our thinking and bring in new idea’s, re-decorate or add a change to our home with a new sofa or soft furnishings.
At Vanil we love working with colour, textile and tone, its these simple details that can change a room to complete the look. Our homes will be filled with nature -inspired details, plants/greenery and warm textures such wood, paper and textiles.
This season we will be traveling to Stockholm in Sweden to attend the Formex trade fair to source new collections and embrace some Swedish cold weather, with some retail therapy thrown in.
We have a new delivery of Danish midcentury furniture waiting to be transformed so there will be a visit to Svetts Tenn to caress the Joesph Franc fabrics and be inspired by the colours.
The New Year is also about looking back over the year that has gone to learn from the good and bad parts and look forward. I am very excited for 2017.
Winter at Vanil
January 10th 2017. Mandy
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In December I was very Inspired by my visit to Sudborne open studios. First stop was a visit to The Pump street Bakery for one of their delicious breakfasts. It's in Orford by the river Ore which wides its way up to the Alde.
The Sudborne studios sit in the Sudborne park in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The studios are a set of delightful outbuildings. In the first studio I was welcomed by Mabel and Co owned by James.
The rustic setting with old sofa’s and coloured bobbins was an inspiration. Mabel and Co is a new venture restoring their Hattersley looms before designing and making luxurious organic tweeds on the Suffolk Coast. The machinery is lovingly being restored piece by piece by James who has a passion for slow design and wanting to hand weave quality fabrics.
I am so excited to see the development of the loom and the possibility that they could weave some fabric for Vanil to be used on one of our chairs. The link between suffolk and an original Danish midcentury chair would be amazing.
Working in the next studio is Steven James a ceramist who had recently made the move to suffolk and his new space.
Steven works with clay glass and rubber and is inspired from photographs taken on the fen of the seasons. He uses the ash from bonfires of poliard willow to create glazes for his functional pots. His beautiful bowls in pretty pink and green really caught my eye, we are looking forward to working together soon.
Working together they have designed and made the beautiful table lamps. The porcelain pendent in a simple pot shape teamed with hand crafted base from local ash can now be ordered from Vanil. I love the twisted coloured flex available in black silver and red. They are now working on a floor lamp, which I’m sure will look fab in our Vanil shop.