Sunday, 15 November 2015

Brit Decor: Meets Function + Form

After a quick rescue mission from my overactive spam filter, I recently discovered that much to my excitement I had been invited to the first ever Function+Form event in London. The invite came from the lovely Annie Kruse from Style Juicer and the amazing Tiffany Grant-Riley, of Curate & Display, who after joining creative forces with sponsors, at{mine, launched what was to be a truly creatively-inspired gathering .

The venue was the industrial-look Forge & Co space at Heals. The concept; a relaxed and informal gathering of creatives from the blogosphere & instagram, along with two very talented guest speakers/makers. Throw in a delicious brunch around a beautifully styled table, and we had all the ingredients for a wonderful Saturday morning of creative chatter.

First up was Potter, Jono Smart who has been on an epic journey of discovery throughout his career and arrived at pottery as his latest creative output, as well as being the perfect antidote to the pressures of everyday life. True to form, Jono's pieces reflect an uncomplicated and organic approach with simple lines and colouring. 

At the event we were lucky enough to see some of Jono's work up close and personal. I loved the very tactile feel of his pottery - each piece had a slightly rough texture on the outside which contrasted with a smooth internal glaze. I need this collection in my life!

Second to share her creative journey with us was one half of Northern Ireland's Enrich & Endure, Sarah Quinn, with her infectious smile. Along with her brother, Lorcan, these dynamic siblings created a beautifully crafted range of 'Makers uniforms' using Irish linen, exquisite craftsmanship and reviving the local linen industry in the process.

The collection of aprons that we viewed and handled at Function + Form, not only looked stunning, but are also made to last - improving with every wash cycle, and testament to both the expert craftsmanship and the superior quality of the linen materials used.

What struck me most about both Jono's and Sarah's wares was how in this age of 'throw-away' they had both clearly invested a great deal of thought into creating products that will endure the test of time and only improve with age.


Images/ (from top) 1,2,3,5,7,10,11&12/ Mike Ahern 4&6 / Jono Smart 8&9/ Enrich & Endure

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