Yorkshire Style

It’s a Yorkshire thing

We have just been featured in the Yorkshire Post, which was very flattering,  they wanted to know about our renovation philosophy. They loved the Zen approach but also they loved our style.

Our style is not so much Scandi style, mid century or even Vintage. It is more a Yorkshire Style. We don’t like to buy twice in Yorkshire so when we do buy things it has to be quality.

Our style celebrates the Arts and Crafts movement by bringing it up to date with  furniture in solid wood of oak or teak, and wools made interesting through colour and pattern. It is about  soaking  up the past whilst always embracing the functionality of  the future. Our style demonstrates an appreciation of craft and process across the centuries. Enduring tradition meets minimalism; old meets new; mid-century takes on modern. We understand quality and hopefully it is reflected in a calm, carefully curated interior. Simple organic shapes and natural materials are enlivened by bold geometrics and interesting colour placement. And if it comes from Yorkshire then it surely deserves a home.

Having studied History of design, I love seeing how technology and economics influence design. Some objects just talk to me. One of those is Burmantofts.  Burmantofts , was a pottery in Leeds (Yorkshire) which had its hey day in the late Victorian period making garish majollica ware or architectural Faience as they would call it. It was incredibly popular with the new growing middle classes of the late Victorian period made rich through manufacturing. I am in love with it and its rich colours and grotesque animals.

Thea Mallett's home in Leeds. Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Burmantofts Monkey

 

We also have pottery from Hornsea I particularly collect the work of John Clappison in the late 60’s with his screen printing style. I think the colours reflect the colours of the Yorkshire East Coast,  they are earthy green, mustards, browns and blues . He was limited by the what the Hornsea factory could produce, so he invented an innovative screenprinting technque that printed resist on to the biscuit wares before glazing, so that the glaze covered the unprinted parts of the design, creating contrasting semi-matt areas. The thicker glaze created a relief effect that enhanced the design.By doing this he created an iconic design. We have bronte coffee jars, mugs and even a collection of bird ashtrays (sometimes called spoon rests).

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Then there are the Hockney mugs from salts mill, featuring his little daschund. Salts Mill is a glorious place its galleries are filled with loud classical music and the scent of lillies, as well as a collection of Hockney’s work, it is an assault on all the senses.

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We have painted our rooms in Yorkshire paint named after Yorkshire places (Malham Cove in the garden room, Drystone wall in the hall) from Hicks and Weatherburn. The blinds, window seat and cushions are made from wool Produced by Moon who are a Leeds based woollen factory.

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Our Oak flooring is made in Leeds, by Sanders and Fink, and the stone hearth is from the the Mone Bros. quarry in Bramley,Leeds

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We have art and objects from Yorkshire artists including a Damien Hirst cup and saucer, a cross stitch of The  shambles in York, a Drew Millward print for Bundobust made in Leeds, and a lovely etched glass vase from Vinegar and brown Paper.

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We also have A workbench from a Yorkshire Mill, plants grown by the council at Redhall Nursery.

…and the whole fabric of the house would have been entirely locally sourced.

 

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