Artists and designers creating gorgeous gifts for little ones
The artists taking children’s decor to new heights
FOR THOSE ON THE HUNT for unusual and design-led presents for children, new interiors brand Sessions & Co should hit the style spot. The company was launched this year by art curator and RCA graduate Kate Sessions with her husband Tom, when they were looking for child-friendly but aesthetically pleasing ways to furnish their home in east London following the arrival of their two young sons. The result is a collection of prints, wall hangings, quilts and cushions with illustrative motifs that would look charming in a nursery or playroom, but also wouldn’t be out of place in a more grown-up space.
Printmaking is in Sessions’ blood: her great-grandfather established printing factory Sessions of York in the early 1900s, where he also created a nature reserve on the land surrounding it to help protect native kingfishers and woodpeckers, while boosting workers’ well-being. Nature is likewise the theme of Sessions’ first collection, for which she has collaborated with three British artists on handcrafted products made in the UK.
Illustrator Mark Hearld has created a new design, Bird Tree, populated by an owl, woodpeckers and thrushes, and used on a quilt that can double as a playmat or wall hanging, plus a collection of cushions with contrast piping. Textile designer Caitlin Hinshelwood has produced a fabric frieze, screen-printed on to linen and inspired by motifs from the British garden such as tools, sheds, plants and birds. And artist Emily Sutton has recreated a Victorian school chart, depicting the letters of the alphabet with characterful animals, birds and more.
A second source of nature-inspired designs, particularly endangered animals, is Annabel Pope, the subject of a solo exhibition at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London (osg.uk.com), from Wednesday until 22 December. Her whimsical drawings of athletic beasts – ice-skating elephants, cycling rhinos and frollicking hares among them – come as prints or lampshades, either in black and white or a choice of bright colours, and can also be ordered online.
Above Wall hanging by Emily Sutton, £250, Sessions & Co (sessionsandco.com)
Right Penny Rhino print, from £95, Annabel Pope (annabelpope.com)