October - Featuring Chelsea Market, Pumpkins and a Dressing Room Snug

October - Featuring Chelsea Market, Pumpkins and a Dressing Room Snug


The month of October signifies the onset of Autumn bringing with it the rich hue of colours, the cooler temperatures and darker evenings.

It was interesting to read that The Savoy Theatre in the West End, London opened on 10 October 1881.  The theatre was the first theatre, and the first public building in the world, to be lit entirely by electricity.

Thinking about Autumnal colours and design, here are a few of the things that have inspired us this month, with a couple of events and exhibitions that are worth taking a look.

Chelsea Market, NYC

A block long and a block wide and just a short walk from the Hudson River in the area of Manhattan known as the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake.

Pumpkin inspiration at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor is a magnificent house and grounds in Buckinghamshire, built in the style of a 16th-century French château.  Until 16th October 2016 in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables, Kate Malone, one of the UK's leading ceramic artists, will have an exhibition of her new work inspired by the gardens, collections and archive at Waddesdon.

Dressing Room and Bedtime Story Snug

A recent project for Figura included a delightful dressing room in a country home which enjoys an enviable location nestled in rolling Surrey countryside. It is a fascinating 16th century home with a plethora of original features including exposed beams accompanied by wooden and quarry tile flooring. The dressing room enjoys a stunning outlook down the garden to the lake at the foot of the grounds. 

The dressing room is located next to the master bedroom and provides access to the en-suite bathroom. It has been beautifully designed in unique oak and offers a spacious dressing area with ample storage and has also become a snug for bedtime stories. A space that the whole family can enjoy! 

 Figura: Dressing Room in unique oak

Figura: Dressing Room in unique oak

Faux Flowers & Botanicals

Wattle and Daub searches out the well made and the beautiful, so it will be no surprise that we have recently chosen to home some of their wonderful displays in our showroom.  Based in Church Street, Godalming, Surrey,  their products reflect a passion to combine the curious and the charming to create a home less ordinary.  From ceramics and glassware to original art, textiles and furniture, combined with one-off vintage finds, all set amongst a striking collection of faux flowers and botanicals.

The Garden Cider Company, based at Mill House Farm in Chiddingfold, just down the road from the Figura showroom, was created in 2010 by Ben and Will Filby.  The idea is simple, they make a range of hand crafted premium ciders sourced entirely from local, donated garden apples.

Each year they have over 4000 local households who bring their spare garden fruit and in return receive a share of the cider made back for free.  They are proud to take an abundant, largely wasted natural resource and turn it into sustainable, ethical and quality products.  The scheme is open to anyone over the age of 18 with apples.


New for 2016 is the introduction of fresh apple juice, available to purchase during the apple season.  Their handcrafted ciders are available to purchase from their website....we particularly like the idea of raspberry and rhubarb!

Featured Maker: Jane Crisp

As a child Jane was taught the importance of looking after our habitats, environment and each other and the positive affect this has on our lives. She became interested in the beauty of necessity, the mother of all invention. Jane believes that functional objects can be elevated, in very simple ways creating heirlooms and longevity in designs we live with every day. 

Until 5th November, Jane Crisp will be exhibiting at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey.

Jane takes inspiration from her local Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside, history and tradition, flora and fauna. She loves colour and the textural qualities of natural materials like wood, wool and copper.

Her small Trugs can be used for holding eggs, fruit, flowers or as standalone sculptural pieces. Jane steam-bends the Ash and constructs using traditional boat-builders techniques and copper fixings. All Jane's Trugs are made by hand, by her, in Hale Fen Cambridgeshire. 

Our favourite picks of the unique and handcrafted from the interiors magazines this month...

From left to right:
Henry Dean: Hand-blown glass, Catherine Bridget Phillips: Designer/Maker, de la Cuona: Primitive Collection, Ben Branagan: Artist/Designer
Lorraine Osborne: Lizard Sofa, CMGlassdesgins: Hand-made kiln formed glass, Cox London: Olive Tree, Chandelier, Bronzino: Hand-made metal containers
Barnaby Gates: Pineapple Wallpaper, Henry Dean: Hand-blown glass, Paint and Paper library: Blue Blood, Summerill and Bishop: Cornice Linen Napkin, Gold
Schumacher: Citrus Garden, Summerill and Bishop: S&B x Shrimps Tablecloth, Rosie Brewer: Wooden Spoons, Catherine Bridget Phillips: Designer/Maker
World of Interiors, Home & Garden, House and Garden

Beauty of Bark

From 8th - 9th October join RHS Wisley for Woodfest, a celebration of the beauty of trees and woodlands.  This special weekend,  celebrates the natural beauty of wood with displays of traditional skills, guided walks, artisan products and exciting lumberjack displays that will take your breath away! We are lucky enough to have this right on our doorstep.

 RHS Wisley: Autumn Woodfest

RHS Wisley: Autumn Woodfest

Beauty of Bark is a new trail at RHS Wisley exploring their trees for all seasons. At Wisley, you can see trees from all over the world. Some are grown for their blossom, some for their size, some for their fruit and some for their autumn and winter elegance. They have created a new trail to guide you round a few of them to highlight the beauty of their bark.

Brand new design of the La Cornue Château 150

Created this year in collaboration with the Dutch designer Lex Pott, the solid brass faces of this iconic La Cornue range is transformed into fascinating oxidised textures of electric blue.

Lex Pott’s work has always been passionate and highly personal in regards to both the materials used and their origins.  He uses minimalist lines to bring out the essence of things. Growing up in a family of painters, he approaches this design in all its pictorial, graphical and formal aspects. His work on the oxidation of metals has led to what can only be termed “true colour”.