When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

It shouldn't be the case, though it often is, but the idea of hand-crafted or 'ethical' homewares conjures up images of quirky, cheap or low-quality goods reminiscent of holiday trinkets or souvenirs. You know the things - they're cute when you spot them at a market stall or in the souk while you're away and you know they'll remind you of your travels, but when you get them home, they look weird and out of place amongst everything else you own. Eventually they end up in a cupboard out of sight, get re-gifted to an unsuspecting friend, or popped in the bag destined to go the charity shop. Am I right? 

Now I know, I know, ethical interiors these days are so much more than this - with more and more companies, like us, striving to mix traditional techniques with contemporary design. So this post is not all about dissing ethical interiors. Rather, it's about showcasing the brands that are getting it right and achieving that harmonius balance between handcrafted and high-end - and helping to make the world a better place while they're at it. 

Klaylife 

I wrote about Klaylife ages ago when Needs More Cushions was merely a blog and not the budding social enterprise it is today. But, I'm going to showcase them again here because I continue to love what they do, and their clay hand-rolled beaded chandeliers basically embody the point I am trying to make in this post. 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Klaylife

Klaylife empower women in South Africa, keep ancient bead-making traditions alive and provide employment and an income. But the products they create also meet the needs of the contemporary design market. Their chandeliers are luxury items (with a price tag to match), which means that people buy them becuase they love them - not solely because of the social story behind them (though no doubt that is one of the reasons why you'd choose this brand over another). To me, they are an example of the future of social enterprise - it's not enough to do good, you also need to meet the needs of consumers and provide what they want. And, man I want one of their chandeliers. It will go in my dining room once its renovated, above the table. I just need to narrow down which one to choose...though this one is the current front runner. 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Klaylife

Pampa 

Now Pampa is another brand that I have previously written about, and one that I remain passionately in love with. Created by skilled artisans in Argentina, Pampa's woven rugs, throws and cushions are simply divine and effortlessly meet the brief of being both hand-crafted and high-end.  

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Pampa

Pampa's style has evolved over time and they've really honed their aesthetic with a greater focus on earthy tones, like mustard and rust. I am a huge fan of their rugs and their round, textured Monte cushions are a particular favourite. They partner with several groups of artisan weavers across Argentina and into Chile and their high-end products are also customisable thanks to a team of in-house designers. 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Pampa

Needs More Cushions

I hope you don't think that it is too promotional or self-congratulating to include NMC in this post. But the provision of high-quality, luxury home interior products that also do good really is at the forefront of what we're about.

We choose artisan-crafted fabrics that we think will work well in a contemporary setting and with a range of interior styles. We also pay more for a thick, hand-loomed cotton that forms the back of our cushions, as well as source cruelty-free feather inners to ensure that our cushions feel luxurious and keep their shape over time. Each cushion is triple checked for quality before it is gift-wrapped and sent out to its new home. Those that don't make the cut are either fixed or put aside as a lesson learned. 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style  Image credit: Bonny Beattie for Jane Denton and Furniture by Design

I was also blown away by how amazing our mudcloth cushions looked in this high end photoshoot by the awesome Bonny Beattie, for the gorgeous new collection of prints by the fabulous Kiwi artist, Jane Denton. Paired with a plush velvet sofa by Furniture By Design and an indulgent colour scheme, the muted tribal textures add just enough of a contrast without overpowering the space. 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Bonny Beattie for Jane Denton and Furniture by Design 

When hand-crafted homewares meet high-end luxury style

Image credit: Bonny Beattie for Jane Denton and Furniture by Design

If you were ever in any doubt about whether the two worlds of hand-crafted homewares and high-end luxury style could work in harmony, then I hope this post shows how perfectly they can work together to create stylish homes that tell stories and make the world a better place. 

You can shop our mudcloth cushions here

 

 

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