Winter at Vanil

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.