London is currently experiencing a creative Australian invasion and the first thing I will say is, it's about time. Australia is bursting with creative talent and we are slowly starting to see some successful brands arrive in London. I don't really understand why we haven't seen them earlier but the gates have opened and they are coming. The latest to arrive is Mud Australia, a Sydney based homeware design company.
Founded in 1994 by Shelley Simpson, Mud Australia makes beautiful handmade tableware ranging from plates and serving dishes to bakeware, vases and carafes. Each piece is handmade from limoges porcelain in their Sydney factory. A favourite of food stylists globally, you may not have realised that the beautiful bowls and plates featured from Donna Hay to Goop were Mud Australia designs.
Since receiving a beautiful large pink pebble bowl as a gift from my mother, I've been drawn to their beautiful elegant minimalist shapes. Thoroughly modern in design, the colours are what I've never been able to get enough of. It's hard to explain how the strength and pureness of the colours draw me in. The pigment is tinted throughout the porcelain body so that must play a large role. There is also a textural play with a clear glaze applied to the interior whilst the exterior is left alone resulting in a slight sand like texture to the touch. The soft pastel pinks, blues and greens are so delicate and the darker green, plum and slate are so strong.
Even though their designs appear to be delicate, they are designed for everyday use and are both dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. When visiting their London store I was excited to see their ceramic pendant lights which I had only previously viewed online. I was particularly drawn to the wide dome light in plum located in the centre of the store. As in Australia, the store also sells the Cutipol Goa range of cutlery, a favourite which I've been coveting for years. They also present all their pieces on the Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System. I recommend you visit their store at 11 Porchester Place W2, which is a short stroll from Selfridges.
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