Words by Emma Kay
Whether it be ethereal glassware etched with sea life, be-winged bird friends swooping on to plates or rabbits popping up on our dining tables, our recent animal infatuation shows no sign of slowing. Glassware, art, ceramics and textiles have all seen creatures stealing centre stage.
Thrifty upcycler and designer Esther Coombs first began illustrating unwanted ceramics. Laying bold graphics over traditional design, she gave old crockery a new lease of life. Recent collections have expanded on her green credentials and now include upcycled tea towels and cushion covers. Yellow Robin plate, £36, http://www.esthercoombs.com
London-based artist Jen Franklin has a long-standing animal obsession. The Camberwell Art College graduate’s anthropomorphic line drawings of cats, birds, squirrels and foxes have a subtle retro Victorian charm to them. Giclee limited edition Falconry print, £75, www.elphicks.bigcartel.com
Glassware designer Christian Haas launched his ‘Small Worlds’ collection for Theresienthal during Vienna Design Week 2011. The intricately engraved cased crystal tumblers picture sealife, woodland owls, ants and bees. Designs are available in blue smoke, smoke grey, dark blue, clear and mandarin. Whale tumbler, £175.16, www.artedona.com
Ceramicist Fliff Carr has been working from her Camden studio in leafy north London since the late ’90s. Creating finely rolled and hand-thrown earthernware products for the domestic market, each piece is finished individually with no two ever the same. Gold and Hare sugar bowl, £65, www.roostliving.com
Louise Body is a Brit designer with an eye for the outdoors, her designs frequently inspired by British garden life. ‘Harry’s Garden’ union linen fabric is a modern take on a traditional material and can be used for domestic upholstery, drapery and soft furnishings. Harry’s Garden fabric, £47.20 per metre, www.louisebody.com