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Issy Granger is a London based homeware designer. Her eclectic and colourful style shines through in each of her designs. She supports skilled craftsmen and women both in the U.K. and around the world, going back to basics and focusing on the craftsmanship of each piece she designs. Issy designs each item to be the perfect mix of an aesthetic keepsake and something practical, making them perfect for a wedding present! Read on to hear all about Issy's inspiration and to see her favourite wedding presents.
I launched Issy Granger in October 2019 having spent several years previously growing it on the side of my day job. For as long as I can remember I have loved designing and making things and I always planned to one day turn this creativity into a brand. Both my mother and grandmother are artists so I have been very lucky to have them as inspiration and mentors along the way.
I begin every piece in the collections by sketching out a design. From there, I search for skilled makers who can bring my drawings to life. It is this process that I believe makes our products so special. They have all been made by hand by talented craftsmen and women and they are as much practical interior pieces as they are beautiful works of art.
Growing up with artists, I have always been very aware of colour and the world around me. I take inspiration from my surroundings, be it the English countryside, further afield or from conversations with people that I meet along the way. Inspiration is all around us.
It is hard to pick a favourite! I have really love the process from conception to realisation of every piece that we have done. Each journey has been different and there is really nothing more exciting than when I get to hold the finished product for the first time. The latest addition to our collections are the Merino Lambswool Throws. These were conceived earlier this year whilst we were all in lockdown out of the universal desire to find comfort at home. In my opinion there is nothing more comforting than the feeling of being wrapped up warm in a beautifully soft Throw. I also wanted our Throws to be uplifting in their design and so I drew them with thick stripes in warm and joyful colours. Having grown up in Yorkshire, I was also thrilled to be able to support local industry with the Throws being woven in an historic West Yorkshire mill.
The glass pieces are all made by hand in Egypt. To celebrate their origin and the rich history of Egyptian glassblowing I named our Candlesticks after ancient Egyptian gods and cities. Our Merino Lambswool Throws are called The Poet’s Throws, I am a great lover of poetry and I am always looking for ways to weave this into my designs. Our Throws come in blue, raspberry and green and I have named them after three poets that I admire - Lord Byron, Christina Rossetti and Edna St Vincent Millay. I hope that by naming the Throws after these poets it might inspire their owners to wrap up in their Throw whilst reading the words of these great lyricists.
I am always designing new products and so I hope to continue to grow the brand by working with more skilled craftsmen and women in the UK and around the world who can bring my designs into fruition. It is such an honour to be able to work with so many talented people and I am excited to see where these collaborations will take Issy Granger in the future.
The kitchen! I know that it sounds like a cliché, but it really feels like the beating heart of every home. I love cooking and having friends and family over to enjoy a long lunch or dinner is one of my absolute favourite things!
I love Beata Heuman. Her designs are extremely joyful and full of colour and life and whilst modern, they also retain a certain classical feel to them. I also admire Ben Pentreath, Anna Spiro, Kate Guinness, Max Rollit, Emma Sims-Hilditch and many more! There are so many wonderful interior designs that are such an inspiration to me.
Chose a mixture of practical items as well as pieces that bring you joy.
The Wedding Present Company has such a wonderful array of brands and products – there really is something/ many things for everyone. It is fantastic to have so many great products all in one place and from brands both large and small. I am delighted to be an exclusive supplier of yours.
I love buying friends things that I know they will treasure for a lifetime.