The Very Best of British Homeware Brands
Here, we celebrate the fruits of our home-grown talent – spanning everything from glassware and ceramics to textiles
It’s long been known that Liberty’s crowning glory is our global creative community. While we may be a small country, we’re home to a rich melting pot of big-name brands and up-and-coming artisans – brimming with local heroes – from heritage craftspeople using time-honoured methods to more nuanced makers dreaming up beautifully unique products. When our adventurous founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty laid plans for a London-based emporium laden with luxuries from distant lands, docking a ship of discovery in our capital city’s streets, he also welcomed a sea of cutting-edge homegrown wares to our great ship Liberty. Join us as we celebrate and explore our best British homeware brands.
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Emma Bridgewater makes playful, pretty and utterly giftable crockery inspired by the small joys of daily life. Using traditional Staffordshire cream-coloured earthenware, each piece is handmade and hand-painted in the brand’s factory in Stoke-on-Trent, best known as the home of British ceramics. The brand was born in 1984, when founder Emma was hunting for a present for her mum. She wanted to give her two cups and saucers that read ‘I love you. I miss you’. Her mission proved impossible, and it was clear that the only way to make the vision a reality would be to start making china herself. The rest, as they say, is history for this iconic British brand.
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Born from a desire to animate mealtimes, Vaisselle is a fun-loving tableware brand founded by French designer Léa Zana. Dreamt up in her London-based studio and handmade in Spain using traditional techniques, the unique range of kitchen and decorative accessories is inspired by antique ceramics of her Grandmother’s, with a colourful French infusion. All pieces are designed by hand using watercolour and pens in Zana’s home studio in London – sticking to the same rules of working: no computer, no mood boards – as you can’t ‘pin’ a memory.
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House of Hackney
Beloved for its playful approach to print and a commitment to British manufacturing, House of Hackney is a true British design phenomenon. In a Victorian townhouse in London, Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle first founded House of Hackney. Today the husband-and-wife team has grown into a family of artists, designers, producers and collaborators powered by a fearless imagination and innovative thinking. Its manifesto for 2023 focuses on Mother Nature, as its design muse, and the duty of care towards her the brand takes very seriously, proudly becoming a certified carbon neutral company.
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Tiipoi is a brand dedicated to the union of craft and culture between London and Bangalore. Founded by Spandana Gopal in 2013, its design studio crafts minimal, practical objects inspired by the design of daily life in India, with a commitment to rewriting the narrative between craftspeople and the pitfalls of the production chain. Frustrated by the representation of India in the West, Gopal set out to rewrite the story by helping to reveal something unique about India’s relationship with design and utility in everyday life. Starting with metalware, the team have developed their offering into an entire range of handmade, day-to-day objects inspired by those found in the Indian household.
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Jewellery-designer-turned-ceramicist Anna Jewsbury founded cool-girl brand Completedworks back in 2023 from her London-based studio – where she meticulously designs each piece to reflect and unfold a time in history, politics, and language. A contemporary label rooted in the beauty of the everyday, the brand works with thoughtfully sourced materials to create its distinctive sculptural, organic silhouettes and weaves, twists, folds, unfolds and loops. Now bringing joy to the home as well as our jewellery boxes, Jewsbury’s decorative objects and home accessories are as visually satisfying as they are thought provoking.
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After graduating from The Royal College of Art in 1990, Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell established UK based design studio Wallace Sewell. Working between London and Dorset, the progressive studio pioneers excellence and originality within their woven pieces. Combining innovation with practical solutions, the brands are best known for their use of riotous colour, struction and yarn in surprising yet satisfying geometric formats. Inspired by paintings, they create contemporary fabrics with strongly bold asymmetric blocks and stripes of varying scales.
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A world away from their previous lives in London, couple Jeremy and Cath Brown founded cult design brand Feldspar in 2016 after moving to the wilds of Dartmoor in Devon in search of a slower pace. Set on the idea of making items needed for their new life, they bought a pottery wheel and taught themselves to make ceramics built to last. Their use of English fine bone china speaks to the high quality of their homewares, as well as their commitment to manufacturing their products locally using the endangered method of ‘slip casting’. Each product is an instant classic, working elegantly together as a set or quietly chic as stand-alone pieces.
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Henry Holland Studio
It was during the early stages of lockdown, after winding down from his namesake fashion label House of Holland that famed designer and former Creative Director Henry Holland turned to ceramics. Quickly adopting (and falling in love with) the Nerikomi pottery technique, while sitting at his kitchen table, Holland turned his creative outlet into a flourishing business. Launching officially in 2021, with his first collection selling out within 48 hours, the brand made its debut in Liberty with a bespoke colourway shortly after. The result is a line of utterly unique, hand-built ceramics that sing with bold pattern and colour.
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