Gotta Have It
Watch the birdy! These ridiculously cute napkins from Craft Editions shall be mine. I'll take the matching tablecloth too, thanks.
Napkins aren’t usually something that fill me with great passion and excitement but can we just take a moment to appreciate just how cute these ones are? These linen lovelies come in a set of six (£65), each one featuring a different bird, including a robin, blue tit, owl and, er, some other ones I don’t recognise because I’m not exactly Chris Packham.
They’re part of the stonking new winter collection on Craft Editions, a gorgeous interiors site that curates limited edition, handmade, ethical pieces from craftspeople based in the UK, Ireland and South Africa. The birdy napkins may feel exceedingly English but are actually made by a craft foundation in the Limpopo region of SA. You can also buy a matching tablecloth, or plump for both napkins and cloth in the equally autumnal leaves design, featuring holly and ivy among other varieties.
There’s loads of other covetable, quirky pieces in the new collection, all of which feel a million miles away from boring, old mass-produced Ikea fare.
This five-piece condiments set (£245) is made from hand-painted porcelain by North London ceramicist Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, while the Donegal-made wool throw and cushions (from £48 for a cushion) have such a chic, on-trend herringbone design, I’m tempted to fashion them into an outfit.
Finally, you can never have enough cheese, obviously, and I like the simplicity of this English oak cheeseboard (£35), complete with handy finger grooves so you can actually pick it up off the table.
We discovered Craft Editions earlier this year when they launched their summer collection (check out what’s still for sale here). The site has been featured in The World Of Interiors mag and you can totally see why – great ethos, great style and reasonable prices considering the provenance and exclusivity of each item. And, basically, we bow down to anyone who can make napkins cool.