Living Etc - - HOMES / ETC -


There’s some­thing a lit­tle Alice in Won­der­land about the sig­na­ture che­quer­board de­sign of Macken­zie-childs’ lat­est cook­ware col­lec­tion. As it hap­pens, the table­ware and fur­ni­ture brand is based at a some­what whim­si­cal Vic­to­rian farm that mir­rors the era and am­bi­ence of the novel (al­beit in the New York en­clave of Finger Lakes). There, for the past 30 years, its de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans have been craft­ing fun, orig­i­nal ceram­ics, enam­el­ware and glass­ware that will lend any din­ner – or tea – party the sort of ec­cen­tric­ity that Har­rods likes to en­cour­age.

En­ter­tain­ing at Home, Sec­ond Floor, Har­rods


When Juliet Thornback was in­tro­duced to Delia

Peel in 2003, Thornback was a florist, Peel a the­atre de­signer. Sens­ing a shared fas­ci­na­tion for the ec­cen­tric, they be­gan col­lab­o­rat­ing on var­i­ous cre­ations. To­day, based out of the Cock­pit Arts de­sign col­lec­tive in Lon­don’s Blooms­bury, their range of kitchen­ware and table­ware spans place­mats and coast­ers, aprons and tea tow­els – all of which have found a nat­u­ral home within Har­rods’ own rather eclec­tic Cook­shop.

Cook­shop, Sec­ond Floor, Har­rods LAGO

When it comes to quirky de­sign, it doesn’t come much quirkier than con­cept brand Lago. The Ital­ian la­bel may be able to trace its her­itage back to the 19th cen­tury, but its out­look is thor­oughly for­ward-look­ing – hence the “sci­en­tific com­mit­tee” it as­sem­bled to con­sult on its Kids & Young col­lec­tion, and the re­sul­tant man­i­festo it has pub­lished on the de­sign of chil­dren’s fur­ni­ture. If that sounds a lit­tle wor­thy, fear not; essen­tially it all makes for a rather clever use of space fus­ing imag­i­na­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, with the flex­i­ble approach mean­ing the fo­cus is al­ways on the for­mer.

Lago, Third Floor, Har­rods


At Har­rods, we aim to show­case the best of de­sign by cu­rat­ing col­lec­tions from the finest brands. Pe­tite Friture and Gubi are two such brands that take a sim­i­larly col­lab­o­ra­tive approach. By com­mis­sion­ing pieces from in­de­pen­dent young de­sign­ers, Pe­tite Friture (above) has as­sem­bled a vi­brant range, while Gubi fo­cuses on reimag­in­ing de­signs from the past. The re­sult? The per­fect blend of classic and con­tem­po­rary.

Con­tem­po­rary Light­ing and Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture, Third Floor, Har­rods

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