ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style The Britlist -

Lon­don-based de­signer Christopher Jen­ner’s work is the per­fect mar­riage of tech­nol­ogy and her­itage. Just this year, he spent time in Yix­ing, the east­ern prov­ince of Jiangsu, China, learn­ing all about the spe­cial prop­er­ties of the area’s pur­ple Zisha clay. Im­pressed by its por­ous, heat-re­tain­ing na­ture, he cre­ated a mod­ern range of home­wares, ‘Yix­ing’ (above, from £40 for a small plate; yix­ing.com), us­ing the prov­ince’s time-hon­oured tech­niques. The tea set ab­sorbs flavours and oils over time, pro­duc­ing brews that only in­ten­sify with age and use. At the same time, Jen­ner has also been help­ing to re­vive his­toric English sil­ver man­u­fac­turer Elk­ing­ton & Co. He spent time in Sh­effield to un­der­stand the brand’s ethos, and has since pro­duced a col­lec­tion of table­ware ( be­low, from £120; elk­ing­to­nandco.com) blend­ing tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods with his own min­i­mal style. In fact, if there’s her­itage at the heart of a de­sign project, then Christopher Jen­ner is the de­signer to know (christopher-jen­ner.com).

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