Every gift list has space for a few British classics – whether it’s everyday kitchenware, elegant textiles or design icons that look great in any style of home
One of the best things about creating a wedding list is that it’s a golden opportunity to add pieces that will make your house or apartment feel like home. Buying classic British objects is a surefire way to inject a bit of style with a sense of place, and the gift list companies have lots of homegrown icons on their books. “British brands bring with them a strong sense of heritage, and for many of our couples they are tomorrow’s heirlooms,” says Katherine Raderecht, director of brand partnerships at Prezola.
The objects can be traditional or modern, quirky or cutting edge – the point is that they are perennial choices that stand the test of time. Who can resist a classic Roberts Radio (even if that retro exterior conceals live streaming capacity) or a robust Dualit – you can almost smell buttered toast just looking at it. And, of course, our deep national attachment to baking and entertaining (witness the furore over Come Dine With Me and The Great British Bake Off) means that even if we don’t quite hit the giddy heights of meringue perfection ourselves, we still might hanker after matching cake tins or refined Royal Albert bone china teacups.
“The British classics on your gift list can be traditional or modern – the point is that they make a house feel like home”
Of course, British design is not just old-school. With a legacy from the great cutlery makers of Sheffield and fine china of the potteries, we produce objects that offer heritage with a modern twist. For instance, fine cutlery maker Arthur Price has collaborated with Sophie Conran to produce a sleek set of cheese knives, available at Prezola. Similarly, there’s an updated take on classic Burleigh earthenware in Hibiscus, found exclusively at Soho Home, The Ned and Prezola. If understated and sleek is more your thing, then check out the Andrew Martin artworks available from The Wedding Shop and the Robert Welch candlesticks for Heal’s at Prezola.
Of course, every newlywed will be a huge fan of cosying up, whether it’s nestling under a Designers Guild silk eiderdown or drying the dishes à deux with witty Gillian Kyle Tunnock’s teatowels. As Prezola’s Katherine Raderecht puts it: “Britain has always been a centre of creative interior design”. We agree and think there is everything to love about adding homegrown talent to your wedding gift list
1. Cosy, just like home
The Wedding Shop has opened a new Townhouse showroom in Fulham – four floors of design inspiration including many iconic British designed and made objects. weddingshop.com
2. Sweet treasure
The British classics you choose don’t have to be big-ticket items. We love Gillian Kyle’s fabulous designs, featuring much loved British brands. Gillian Kyle Tunnocks Caramel teatowel, £8.50 at Prezola; prezola.com
3. Tune in to the classics
The classic British radio, Roberts comes in a variety of colours – and the retro styling is oh so homely. Roberts Revival iStream 2, £219.99 at The Wedding Shop. weddingshop.com
4. Ploughman’s partners
Time-honoured Sheffield cutlery maker Arthur Price has joined forces with designer Sophie Conran to create this sleek updated cheese set. Perfect whether you’re enjoying a hearty ploughman’s or an array of fine fromage. Cheese set, £39.50 at Prezola. prezola.com
5. Full English
With robust industrial styling, Dualit has long-been a kitchen workhorse – essential whether you’re enjoying pikelets at teatime or lashings of buttered toast with your full English. Dualit Vario toaster, £149.50 at The Wedding Shop. weddingshop.com
6. Snuggle down
Designers Guild is an iconic name in interior design, and its distinctive and fresh colour palette and beautiful materials are both luxurious and timeless. Designers Guild reversible silk quilt, £495 at Prezola. prezola.com
7. Pinky up
Mugs may be wonderful for everyday use, but there’s nothing to match a proper cup of tea in a fine bone china teacup. This lovely pink Royal Albert teacup with floral motif costs £35 at The Wedding Shop. weddingshop.com
8. Modern icon
Robert Welch is a celebrated designer, who made his name in the post-war golden age of industrial design and manufacture. Today the company is recognised around the world for sleek and functional styling. This candlestick, designed for Heal’s, costs £95 at Prezola. prezola.com