|All pictures courtesy of Ben Pentreath Ltd. and available online at time of writing|
I'm very taken by the wares sold by Ben Pentreath via his shop in Bloomsbury and online. Ben works as an architect / interior designer and has a very spirited blog. The things he sells are clearly one man's very distinct aesthetic, although I know that there is also input from decorative artist /maker Bridie Hall who runs the shop and is behind quite a few wonderful pieces. There's an inter-war British feel, when country-cosy nostalgia got shaken up by the awakenings of Modernism - factors that that make the Thirties such an exciting decade for me. Natural materials like the marble plates and woven pieces plus pottery and glass with an everyday, artisan-made feel. Most of all I like the influence of the countryside. I'm somewhat obsessed with nature at the moment: I'm enjoying the birds flying overhead and plants looking their best - even the weeds. So the fern tray and oak paperweight above are my very favourite objects.