royal-doulton-hemingway-lifestyle 560These lovely contemporary ceramic pieces with a distinctly retro vibe by HemingwayDesign for Royal Doulton have been on my must-write-about list for a while.

They’re the result of a collaboration between the ever-inventive, vintage-loving and quirky HemingwayDesign (who we wrote about previously here) and iconic, world-famous UK ceramics brand Royal Doulton – a match made in British design heaven if ever there was one, although perhaps not the most obvious one.

234099741alt3The collection takes its inspiration from mid-twentieth century design (I’m sure you’ll recognise some classic mid-century shapes, textures and colours) but they’ve been reimagined and reinterpreted for the modern home.  Tilly Hemingway described the partnership as a “great chance for us to combine our distinctive design aesthetic with Royal Doulton’s brand heritage”.

Above all, these are happy ceramics.  Each piece makes me smile and want to buy it – let’s take a look.

234099706alt2First up, the graphically textured Medium Vase, which would look great without flowers as a decorative piece but is also neutral enough to take a whole range of colours and flower shapes.

royal-doulton-hemmingwaydesign-jug-701587230544And how about this gorgeous, burnt orange Jug with its silk matt glaze and black handle?  I love the long, slender neck and slim handle and again, it could be purely decorative or used as a vase or tableware.

royal-doulton-hemingway-lifestyle-alt5_2This stem vase is the perfect mid-century shade of yellow – dramatic but not overly acid – and the shape is elegant and timeless. I think there’s a lot of fun to be had finding just the right statement blooms to put into it.

royal-doulton-hemmingwaydesign-jug-701587230551How to make a small white porcelain jug look exciting?  Team it with black and add a vivid yellow handle.  It’s versatile too, you can use it on the table for milk, water or sauces, or as a decorative piece or vase.

royal-doulton-hemingway-lifestyle 560The HemingwayDesign for Royal Doulton range has a couple of storage items too. Above, in the middle of the bottom shelf, is the small storage jar with its grain like textured detailing and bold orange lid.  Without its lid, you could use it as a planter, as they’ve done with it on the top shelf.   And on the right of the top shelf is the large storage jar, in textured white with a blue lid.


royal-doulton-hemingway-lifestyle-alt6If you like a quieter look, then this monochrome bouquet vase might be more your style.  A subtle texture of abstract marks decorates the white exterior, contrasting with the plain black interior.  I love how they’ve styled it here with the simple eucalyptus branches and tiny touches of pink, mustard and navy.

HemingwayDesign is a family-run firm that, from its fashion roots in the 1980’s, now works across all design disciplines from housing and interiors to graphics and product design.   On this partnership with Royal Doulton Wayne Hemingway says:

“We have been interested to work on a ceramic collection with Royal Doulton for some time. Combining our distinctive style with the Royal Doulton brand heritage and aesthetic presented an array of exciting possibilities and we are delighted with the final result.”

And so they should be.  I think a lot of other colour and design lovers (myself included) will be too.


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