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Interior Designer Alison Anderson on Her Favourite British Made Brands And Local Shopping

I am very interested in British made products and it seems at the moment it’s quite an exciting area with new, small, individually crafted, artisan brands starting up and thriving. There is definitely a revived interest towards local and hand made. 

I had a chat with an interior designer Alison Anderson, whose house featured in one of the recent posts, about her love for local and sustainable products and she told me about a few of her favourites:  

“I’ve very much a supporter of well made British products and I’m setting up an on-line shop later this year to sell a curated selection of products for the home.  I’ve been busy meeting suppliers and discovering new makers and their amazing products, so it feels like a completely natural extension to my business.

I’m on a bit of a mission to fight back against the throw away culture that’s become so ‘normal’ and I love incorporating beautiful finds in my designs that have been well made by talented craftspeople with purpose and passion.

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Image by Paul Craig

It’s easy to become caught up in the latest fashions and trends, but a well designed home shouldn’t be based on what is or isn’t in.  For me it’s about incorporating timeless elements that will last. 

A company like Haeckels really appeals to me because it’s about a way of living and everything they do is driven by passion.  I discovered their shop during a trip to Margate, along with Junk Deluxe, which is also definitely worth visiting. 

 

Another favourite is A S Apothecary, who are based in Lewes in East Sussex, where I grew up. They are a small batch distillery and grow their own organic plants to incorporate into their fragrances and creams.

Lewes is one of my favourite shopping haunts for home products.  Unlike most high streets, it’s full of quirky independent stores and really does offer something different.  From Victoria, Revive and Closet & Botts are just some of my favourites.

In terms of fabrics and wallpaper,  Charlotte Jade is the place to visit (online only). Her designs are modern, fun and are a great way to introduce pattern into the home.   The quality of her velvet fabrics is exceptional.”

What British made brands do you love? Have you discovered any recently that you are excited about? 

To find out more about Alison Anderson Interiors visit www.alisonandersoninteriors.co.uk.

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