Well, December is well and truly here, bringing with it a new introduction! You may have noticed the shop as a new addition to Curate & Display? I wanted it to reflect understated, minimal style that is such an intrinsic part of this blog with a focus on handcrafted homeware. As you know, I’m very passionate about supporting independent design and makers so in the run up to Christmas I’m focusing on some of the people I’ve selected for the shop.
Meet Minor Goods and its founder Zoe Hannam. Having worked in the textiles industry for 18 years with the likes of French Connection, All Saints and Reiss, she knows a thing or two about good design. A girl after my own heart with a love of simple living and a clean aesthetic, the inspiration for Minor Goods came during a buying trip to Porto, Portugal where on meeting so many skilled creatives she wanted to find a way to collaborate and bring their work to the forefront. Fast forward a year on, Zoe now supports these artisans and niche brands bringing the joy of the small, every day details into our homes.
With a mix of handcrafted pieces combined with clean vintage ceramics, these accessories make every day rituals feel that little bit more special. Things you want to use as part of your routine, tactile, each with a story, something to hand down. I have two of the Scotch wild cherry wood measuring scoops, part of a collaboration with Object Company which are smooth to the touch and are a beautiful addition to our kitchen. I’m (eh hem) waxing lyrical over the new range of kitchen candles too – made to Zoe’s own beeswax and rapeseed wax recipe with cardamom and black pepper, I would happily fill my home with that scent. It brings back memories of making Indian sweetmeats in mum’s kitchen.
So, while I’m shopping small this Christmas, I would encourage you to do the same and support the independent shops where you can. Here’s my pick of the Minor Goods collection which you can shop here too, because I’m that helpful. Is anything calling to you?
Photography © Yeshen Venema