NEW Anorak towels

March 28, 2012

Laurie Robertson and Co. are a busy bunch and their Anorak collection just keeps on growing. Following on from their fab Spring prints, Binoculars and Canoes, they’ve just launched this week a rather nice range of cheery bath towels. If you can’t get enough of their cute animal prints then check them out now!

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1. Kissing Robins 2. Kissing Rabbits 3. Kissing Horses 4. Kissing Stags!

I’m hoping they might add a bath mat to the range and a dressing gown please. Priced from £4 for a face cloth to £35 for a bath sheet. Another something to add to your wishlist. – Alice

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We’re huge fans of Laurie Robertson’s Anorak. And I don’t mean her plastic mac. Although if Anorak DID do anoraks, I’m pretty sure they’d be awesome. If you want to see a fabulous double-page-spread on the lovely Anorak, you’ll have to pick up our August issue when it’s out. If you still think I’m waffling on about cagoules, you need to check out their website. NOW. For everybody else, feast your eyes on these fantastic storage trunks, available from September:

The smaller one is called the ‘Tuck’ box, and is 51cm x 33cm x 28cm. It’s the perfect size for a term’s worth of tuck, chums, and it’ll be £125. The larger one is called the ‘Steamer’ and is a whopping 91cm x 51cm x 36cm – big enough to store a load of blankets, a hundred anoraks, or a very small pair of kissing stags. I’d use the big trunk as a coffee table to store books, magazines, remote controls and my boyfriend, in fact, until the World Cup is over, so I can watch important, serious programmes such as Eastenders on the Sony Bravia instead of having to listen to a million droning vuvuzelas night after night after night, mwah ha haaa. – Ellie

ONE: Paper-cutting artist Rob Ryan has transformed his Ryantown shop into ‘Ryantoon’, in honour of Newcastle FC. All the products are black and white, and he’s banned colour completely until 15th November. I’m heading over to the Columbia Road area this weekend, so I’ll check it out and report back on Monday!

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TWO: Muji is releasing a new collection of very funky silicone trays – perfect for ice cubes, or making chocolates, or soaps…

muji ice cube traysmuji trays 2I love the idea of serving cold drinks with ice spoons, or a mug of hot chocolate with a solid chocolate spoon on the saucer ready for dunking and stirring – and how cool are the letter moulds for chocolate cake decorations? These silicone moulds are due to hit stores in late November, and will cost from £7.50 each.

tea towels2THREE: Just when you thought there were enough arty tea towels in the world – check out these lovely African-inspired designs at Design My World. They remind me a bit of the funky Anorak patterns, or the new Linea House of Fraser range – animal shapes are all the rage at the moment.

teatowelsI’ve just been sent an exciting book which I plan to read this weekend and share with you all next week…but for now, it’s back to reality with a thud sadly. The dishwasher drawer feature beckons…! Have a lovely weekend x  – Ellie

Anorak, Showpony and Roddy & Ginger are TOP OF THE SHOPS for me this week, and if you’ve not heard of them before, now’s the time to add them to your little black book, filed under: ‘GORGEOUS THINGS’. Let’s kick off with a quick look at Roddy & Ginger.

roddyandginger2Based in south east London, graphic and textile designer Virginia Armstrong designs retro bags, cushions, clothing and prints, and also stocks cute vintage items. Her latest design, Spanish Village, comes in two colourways and is inspired by family holidays in a tiny village in Catalonia and the Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance performed by young and old at village fiestas and holidays. Virginia’s designs are full of colour, warmth and fun. Check out the rest of her collection – I’ve got my eye on the cute folkdance print…

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Next stop is Anorak, run by designer Laurie Robertson. Having both been made redundant from their jobs, Laurie and her boyfriend decided to put her Royal College of Art print textiles Masters to use and launched a company they’d been dreaming of for some time, specialising in stylish homewares and outdoor accessories inspired by retro 70s camping holidays. Now, Laurie’s brother works with them too, and the company’s going from strength to strength.

anorak1I love the first range – called the ‘Kissing Animals’ collection for obvious reasons – and it’s the stags oilcloth that’s top of my wishlist. By the way, check out the horse prints – bang on trend!!

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I’m also a huge fan of Showpony. Based in Glasgow, designer Emma Henderson creates stunning screen-printed bags, tea towels, cushion covers and accessories, all with a quirky feel. I adore the ‘Hot Dogs’ cushions, but it’s the Alphabetti circus font badges that I’d really love to own.

showponyEmma makes personalised commemorative teatowels for weddings that are so lovely – mental note! There are so many designers in the UK at the moment creating fabulous, fresh work, it’s a really exciting time. From the future of design to the past…here in the office, we’re gearing up for a big party. Myself and the other Ideal Home girls are heading over to Whisky Mist soon to celebrate Heal’s bicentenary furniture collection and the new book Heal’s: 200 Years of Design and Inspiration. Tune in tomorrow for a sneaky preview of the book before it’s launched…expect a visual feast – vintage adverts, retro furniture, fascinating black and white photos and style icons galore. – Ellie