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Designer Ali Miller has brought out a new col­lec­tion of gold plates, aptly named ‘Mem­o­ries Are More Pre­cious Than Gold’ – and hopes her trade­mark teapots and tea cups will soon join the range.

Ali, 37, who lives with her hus­band and two chil­dren in north Lon­don, thanks TV de­tec­tive Sher­lock Holmes for her global suc­cess… ‘The pro­duc­tion designer on the BBC1 se­ries wanted an un­usual tea ser­vice for Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch to use, and by chance, chose one of mine. It was used in Jan­uary 2012, but I missed the episode. That night, I sold hun­dreds of tea services! Up un­til then, I had been sell­ing one a week. Overnight, the en­tire range sold out.’ Sher­lock used Miller’s ‘Home Sweet Home’ design, £80 (right), while other se­ries fea­tured her ‘Hamp­stead Heath’ and ‘Alice in Won­der­land’ ranges. ‘Peo­ple are com­forted by mem­o­ries of child­hood,’ says Ali, ‘so I think vin­tage style will con­tinue to be big news this year.’

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