Independent Home Brands to Know and Love

By Amira Hashish

There is something very satisfying about kitting out your home with pieces that have a story. Whether it’s a dreamy vintage find or a beautifully sculpted item, seeking out home decor with heritage and craftsmanship elevates your space whilst adding character. Unsure where to start? These independently owned brands and websites will set you on the right path…

Design Stories

In a Nutshell

Crafted collection

The Detail

Design Stories creates refined, eclectic spaces that reflect the distinctiveness of its environment and the people who inhabit it. Founder Murude Katipoglu has a wonderful eye for statement pieces that conjure feeling and warmth. So it is excellent news that the studio has recently launched a shop on its website where you can buy beautifully sourced pieces and a small but soon to be growing selection of bespoke items.

What to Find

Furniture, Ceramics, Kilims

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studiodesignstories.com

@designstories.collection

Partnership Editions Home

In a Nutshell

The home as art

The Detail

Twelve artists have translated their creative talents to produce ceramics, lighting, table linens, candlesticks, wall hangings and cushions. Similar to Partnership Editions’ art collections, there is an emphasis on curation, quality and collectible limited runs. Each piece is available to buy throughout the year in a series of Home Drops alongside the release of artworks. The debut collection features work from Alessandra Chambers, Adriana Jaros, Cecilia Reeve, Frances Costelloe, Isabelle Hayman, Joseph Dupré, Julianna Byrne, Kanica, Laxmi Hussain, Petra Börner, Venetia Berry and Zahra Holm.

What to Find

Crockery, Cushions, Decor

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partnershipeditions.com

@partnershipeditions

Aller Dorset

In a Nutshell

Huts and homeware

The Detail

A tale of a London family who left city life to set up their dream country escape. Aller Dorset is set on Aller Farm. Ant and Cat recently moved back to the farm and founded Aller Dorset, comprising two luxury self-catered huts overlooking the most lovely lake and Dorset countryside. Cat’s growing interest in interior design led her to create luxurious furnishings for the huts, with many special touches for the guests to discover. If you can’t make it to Dorset you can shop her pieces online too.

What to Find

Staycation, Headboards, Tableware, Accessories

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allerdorset.com

@allerdorset

Skye McAlpine Tavola

In a Nutshell

La Dolce Vita at home

The Detail

Known for being the hostess with the mostess, it was inevitable that cookery writer Skye McAlpine launched her very own tableware line. She says: “I have often struggled to find just that right plate – the right shape, the right size, colourful enough to be striking on the table but not so garishly bright that it takes away from the food, and so forth… and so Tavola was born.”

What to Find

Tableware, Aprons, Entertaining Decor

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skyemcalpinetavola.com

@skyemcalpinetavola

Glassette

In a Nutshell

Laura Jackson means business

The Detail

A new online marketplace for the home. Every object has been thoughtfully chosen because of the creativity, care and craft that has brought it to life. Longevity, artistry and environmentally conscious materials and design are at the forefront of the selection by Laura and her team.

What to Find

Prints, Fragrance, Furniture, Decor

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glassette.com

@glassette

Domenica Marland

In a Nutshell

Affordable art

The Detail

A young art dealer based between Wiltshire and London, Domenica has created an online platform that aims to sell affordable and decorative works of art. Through representing rising and contemporary artists she has established a programme that is accessible and engaging. The collections are made for homes that are unusual and diverse. 

What to Find

Prints, Frames, Decorative Art

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domenicamarland.com

@domenicamarland

De La Jardin

In a Nutshell

Va va voom vases

The Detail

Jacqueline de la Fuente, aka De La Jardin, sculpts all her vases from paper mache clay using her household paper and card waste. Each vase is slowly hand-sculpted with traces of her fingertips and hands on the surface to make every piece tactile and one of a kind. J’adore.

What to Find

Paper clay vases, Prints

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delajardin.com

@delajardin

The Sette

In a Nutshell

Kitchen kitsch

The Detail

Table and kitchenware that is relaxed and optimistic, with craftsmanship at its core. Think colourful cutlery, printed linens and scalloped-edge plates. Oh and it’s pronounced Set.

What to Find

Kitchenware, Linens

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thesette.com

@the.sette

BIVAIN

In a Nutshell

Colourful cushions

The Detail

Founded by Megha Lohia and Rachel Fong, BIVAIN is a contemporary British home decor and accessories brand inspired by travel and centred on desire with an edge. The Central Saint Martins-trained designers worked for brands including Agent Provocateur and Zac Posen prior to launching their own whimsical line.

What to Find

Cushions, Rugs

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Bivain.com

@bivain

Lay London

In a Nutshell

Ready-to-rent tablescapes

The Detail

A tablescape rental service for those seeking instant dinner party glamour. Designs are born from a mutual love of bold colour palettes, elegant textiles and decadent furnishings in joyful combinations. Sisters Jemima and Alice have curated every LAY look.

What to Find

Table decor

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laylondon.com

@laylondonltd

Freya Bramble-Carter

In a Nutshell

Ceramics with soul

The Detail

Artist Freya creates work with a strong connection to the natural world. She has been firing pots from a young age at her father Chris’s studio in Kilburn which the duo now share. Freya’s work ranges from fine homewares, including plates and bowls, to sculptural pieces for the home and garden. You could even sign up for a workshop.

What to Find

Sculptural crockery 

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@freyabramblecarter

TAT London

In a Nutshell

A vintage haven

The Detail

TAT’s Charlie Porter has such a good eye for vintage finds which will add that special touch to your living spaces. We are big fans of her ‘Sale for Ukraine’ initiative. All the profits from these pieces will go towards supporting the people of Ukraine, tat-london.co.uk/charity-sale.

What to Find

Decorative items, Rugs, Mirrors

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tat-london.co.uk

@tat.london

Arlette Ess

In a Nutshell

Wild wallpaper

The Detail

Arlette started her print journey at Alexander McQueen and is now one of the artists contributing to the iconic Hermès Paris scarves collections. Her drawings showcase myths and creatures to convey a visceral beauty. You can shop her interiors directly, from statement wallpaper to intricately designed fabric.

What to Find

Wallpaper, Fabric, Cushions

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arlette-ess.com

@arletteess