Nicky’s in­spi­ra­tion

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GET TO KNOW HER SIG­NA­TURE STYLE When asked about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her de­signs, Nicky replies: ‘Mid-century all the way! After the war, the Fifties be­came an amaz­ing era for ar­chi­tec­ture, art, sci­ence and de­sign – any­thing seemed pos­si­ble and ev­ery­thing was new and ex­cit­ing. I’m an avid col­lec­tor of that pe­riod’s fur­ni­ture.’

In her teens, she be­came slightly ob­sessed with all things Six­ties. ‘I loved Mary Quant, Biba and An­dré Cour­règes, and wanted to fol­low women like Jean Muir and Zan­dra Rhodes into a ca­reer in fash­ion, un­til I dis­cov­ered prod­uct and pack­ag­ing de­sign,’ she says.

Nicky’s love of an­i­mals has also been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for her. ‘I’ve been a ve­gan for more than 12 years and I’m hugely in­ter­ested in all as­pects of Bri­tish wildlife and na­ture, which is prob­a­bly why it ap­pears on so many Magpie prod­ucts,’ she ex­plains. ‘I live in a Tu­dor house in the woods in West Sus­sex with my hus­band Ian, who is the de­sign director of our sib­ling brand Jay. Be­ing sur­rounded by na­ture has been a huge in­flu­ence on us.’

The cou­ple are both col­lec­tors. ‘Ian has a huge as­sort­ment of old films, anatomy mod­els and Fifties ed­u­ca­tional wall charts, and com­bined with my Fifties and Six­ties pot­tery, prints and fur­ni­ture, it makes for quite an eclec­tic mix,’ she says. ‘I guess you could say that I’m a magpie by name and by na­ture – our home is full of the trea­sures we’ve col­lected.’

OP­TI­CAL IL­LU­SION NICKY TOOK TWO MONTHS TO COM­PLETE HER OWN OP ART FOL­LOW­ING HER DIS­COV­ERY OF THE ARTIST BRID­GET RI­LEY Hes­i­tate paint­ing by Brid­get Ri­ley

WOOD­LAND WON­DER THE WOODS OF WEST SUS­SEX, WHERE NICKY LIVES WITH HER HUS­BAND IAN, REG­U­LARLY INVIGORATE HER IN­TER­EST IN BRI­TISH WILDLIFE AND NA­TURE

AN­I­MAL MAGIC A PER­CENT­AGE OF THE PRO­CEEDS OF THIS NEW TABLE­WARE COL­LEC­TION ARE DO­NATED TO HU­GLETTS WOOD FARM AN­I­MAL SANC­TU­ARY Table­ware, from £10 for a mug, Hu­gletts Wood col­lec­tion, Magpie

DIRECTOR’S CHAIR STAN­LEY KUBRICK’S FILM 2001: A Space Odyssey SPARKED NICKY’S IN­TER­EST IN EERO SAARI­NEN FUR­NI­TURE Tulip chair by Eero Saari­nen, £1,200, Knoll range, Nest.co.uk

IN­SPIR­ING ERA THE MOD­ERN HOME RANGE FEATURES IMAGES OF ICONIC MID-CENTURY DE­SIGNS Tea towel, £14 for two, The Mod­ern Home range, Magpie

BRIGHT BOWLS BOLDLY PAT­TERNED, VIN­TAGE-IN­SPIRED TABLE­WARE IS A MAGPIE TRADE­MARK Chevron and Grade Di­a­mond bowls, £20 for two, Viva range, Magpie

FOR­AG­ING FAVOURITES THE FLORA COL­LEC­TION IS IN­SPIRED BY THE DELIGHTS FOUND GROW­ING WILD IN HEDGEROWS AND WOODS catch-all square bam­boo trays, £18 for four; El­der­flower and Rose­hip bowl sets, £20 each; all Flora range, magpie

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