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The ones to watch

By 25th June 2018Articles, Lifestyle, News

From lampshade makers and fabric designers to interiors specialists and glass blowers, there are a host of up-and-coming artisans who are making their mark on the interiors world. Here’s our pick of the best…

One-of-a-kind pieces, fashioned in the hands of an artisan, make an interiors scheme truly unique. These are the talented specialists we are celebrating right now.

Images above: Molly Mahon Wallpaper (Credit: Sarah Hogan); Ottoline de Vries Wallpaper.


With a passion for sewing, making and crafting, Rosi de Ruig started producing intricate paper lampshades from her home studio four years ago. She provides beautifully crafted shades, undertaking bespoke and off-the-peg template commissions. ‘It’s good to be bold,’ she says. ‘I like trying out unexpected colour combinations, shapes and patterns. Clients often visit me at home, which is helpful as they get to see my designs in situ, as well as where I work.’ Look out for a new range of high gloss lamps, which pair beautifully with her Indian Papers lampshades.

Rosi de Ruig, 07540 893908, . Instagram handle: @rosideruig

Credit: Rosi de Ruig


Talented duo Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham first met at Durham University and worked with Nina Campbell and Cindy Leveson respectively before launching their eponymous interior design studio. Known for their relaxed schemes featuring effortless pattern and colour combinations, the pair have also turned their hands to designing, creating a furniture collection with David Seyfried that continues to grow. Look out for further collaborations and a series of inspiring, informal interior design workshops from their Wandsworth showroom. Salvesen Graham is running interior design workshops throughout 2018; 020 7967 7777, Instagram handle: @salvesengraham

Credit: Salvesen Graham


Entirely self-taught, Molly Mahon has been producing block printed artisanal textiles, wallpapers and homeware from her studio in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, since 2011. Her work bridges the gap between traditional British block printing and global ethnic designs, resulting in relaxed, colourful and timeless pieces. Her Jaipur collection is inspired by Anglo Indian influences, combining the rich colours created in the dying vats in Jaipur with quintessentially British designs. Block printing workshops run throughout the year.

Molly Mahon, 01342 825 700, Instagram handle: @mollymahonblockprinting

Credits: Molly Mahon


Taking his cue from the deep colours of the landscape of Wicken Fen, Stewart Hearn has been blowing contemporary glass vessels for more than twenty-five years. He founded London Glassworks before moving to Cambridgeshire and launching an eponymous collection. Each unique piece, including vases, jugs, bowls and lighting, is crafted entirely by hand and etched with his signature. He also offers a bespoke service to restorers and the public, remaking or replicating objects that have been taken out of production and are no longer available.

Stewart Hearn, 01354 278 084,  Gallery open Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9am – 1pm. Instagram handle: @stewarthearn

Credit: Stewart Hearn


Inspired by geometric shapes, street scenes and surrealist art, this UK-based Dutch designer produces vibrant fabrics, wallpapers and furniture with a contemporary edge. She launched her own wallpaper collection in 2011, quickly expanding to incorporate fabrics, lampshades and cushions. Using digital technology to reinterpret her love of bold colour and graphic pattern, Ottoline has supplied wallpaper to Dutch museum Willet-Holthuysen. She also produces bespoke orders alongside a thriving online range.

Ottoline de Vries,  Instagram handle: @ottolinedevries

Credit: Ottoline de Vries

Article written by Emma J Page

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