Dining in

Rosewood dining table and shelves | Design Hunter

I don't think I've ever shared images of our dining space here on Design Hunter before, so after reshuffling the shelves last week and repotting some of my rather neglected houseplants in an attempt to coax them into the growing season, I got my camera out and took a few pictures.

The ground floor of our home is an open plan kitchen, dining and living area. Because this one room has to accommodate lots of different activities - from cooking, to eating and watching TV - we've tried to define the space by creating different zones. The Gubi semi pendant light above the dining table divides the kitchen and living areas and marks out the dining zone. By drawing the gaze downwards it also adds a focal point to the room at a different eye level. The design is based on two quarter circles put together back to back. There's something very visually pleasing about this geometry and I never tire of gazing at its distinctive arc shape.

I picked up the 1960s rosewood dining table at an auction a couple of years ago. Luckily nobody else bid on it, so it was a bargain. I love the rich deep patina it has. The black J77 dining chairs are by Hay - a reissue of an original design by Folke Pålsson. I wanted the chairs to work with the style of the dining table without being too matchy matchy.

Succulents and books on shelf | Design Hunter

The Pleasure Dome is by Wireworks from Clippings (I've teamed up with them to offer an exclusive Design Hunter discount code at the bottom of this post). I like the idea of having a little fun with it by placing a different 'object of the day' inside each morning, but for now it's home to my black feather bookmark from Kosha.

Dining area and shelves | Design Hunter

The black candlesticks are by Robert Welch. We have lots of his designs, including a beautiful Alveston tea set that I bought for my husband as a Christmas present a few years ago. The Danish brass candlestick (one of a pair) was an ebay find. They get lots of use - we light them every single evening for dinner!


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The West Riding collection from Sheila Bownas

Elisabeth Barry for Sheila Bownas | Design Hunter

Chelsea Cefai the curator behind the Sheila Bownas archive has worked with four British designer makers to create a collection based on the newly released 'West Riding' pattern. The distinct structural lines of the pattern reflect elements of the architecture in Linton and the surrounding village of North Yorkshire where Bownas lived and worked until her death in 2007. Launched today the collection includes ceramics by Elisabeth Barry, textiles by Sarah Waterhouse, furniture by Parlour and lighting by Zoe Darlington.

Chelsea and I live just a few miles apart in Warwickshire, and we've got to know each other over the past couple of years since I first featured the story behind the Sheila Bownas archive on Design Hunter back in 2012. I'm full of admiration for the passion with which she's worked to uncover, curate and share Bownas's work. I'm also particularly excited that she's collaborated with Bath based ceramicist Elisabeth Barry as I love Elisabeth's work and already have several of her pieces.

West Riding Collection by Sheila Bownas | Design Hunter
Elisabeth Barry for the West Riding Collection by Sheila Bownas | Design Hunter
West Riding Collection by Sheila Bownas lampshade | Design Hunter
The West Riding collection by Sheila Bownas | Design Hunter
Elisabeth Barry for the West Riding Collection by Sheila Bownas | Design Hunter

The West Riding collection is available at www.sheilabownas.com