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WPC Trend Focus: Inspired by Travel

Travel has always had a huge influence on interiors, and never more so than now. Read on to find out how some of our most loved suppliers are influenced by their travels, and see our top travel-inspired presents for your wedding list.

Recently we have seen a huge trend in designs that have been inspired by exotic cultures, textiles and colours. Whether it's the romantic memory of a special trip, the influence of an exotic and colourful culture or the adrenaline rush of an adventure together, travel inspired presents are a wonderful addition to your wedding list and will always stand the test of time due to their personal meaning to you. 

Sarah K - India

Sarah K draws inspiration from Indian craftsmanship that has been passed down and expertly honed over generations. Her designs are fresh and contemporary, yet still maintain the detail and elegance of Indian intricacy. Think bright pink or blue reversible quilts made from 100% cotton ensuring the softest night sleep. or green sprig hand blocked print cotton napkins and tablecloths, perfect for Indian Summer inspired alfresco dining.

Napkin, Green Leaf Print, Set of 4
Baby Pillowcase, Coral Floral
Quilt, Mini Elephant Print, Blue, King
Baby Pillowcase, Matilda Blue
Pillowcase, Pink Sprig & Stripe
Hand Towel, Hand Embroidered Blue Dots

Ian Snow - Worldwide

Bold, bright and bohemian would be an accurate way to describe Ian Snow’s designs. Ethical and fairtrade homewares are carefully chosen by Ian and his team, inspired by Ian's love of India which was first discovered when he spent time there at the age of 17. As of 2016, Ian Snow Ltd was proudly working with 147 factories across 10 different countries. This diversity really shows throughout their huge range of eclectic pieces that we were instantly drawn to. Whether you're drawn to bright neon woven pieces or soft tonal bohemian items, the product range from Ian Snow beautifully reflects an ecletic worldwide influence. 

Wonki Ware - South Africa

Founded by Di Marshall 5 years ago, in a small town called George in South Africa's stunning Garden Route, Wonki Ware now employs 70 people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Developed initially purely by chance, the vibrancy and warmth of Africa runs through their pottery, creating truly unique and interesting pieces. Perfect for informal gatherings with loved ones, Wonki Ware emulates a loving feeling of sharing and vibrancy through their stunning ceramics. 

Spaghetti Bowl, Mixed Lace, Pimento, 34cm
Wonki Ware
Paella Server, Mixed Lace, Charcoal, 39cm
Wonki Ware
Trough Platter, Plain Beach Sand, Large, Cornflower
Wonki Ware
Side Plate, Beach Sand, 22.5cm
Wonki Ware

Francesca Gentilli - India

One of the newest additions to the WPC supplier list, we are delighted to introduce Francesca Gentilli rugs. Francesca specialises in completely bespoke rugs all of which are handmade in India, Morocco and Peru using ancient hand-looming techniques. No two rugs are the same, meaning you become the proud owner of a true one-of-a-kind piece. Now that's our kind of personalised wedding present, not a 'Mr' or 'Mrs' in sight...

Nkuku - Worldwide

Although based in the heart of the Devon countryside, Nkuku are known for their artisanal yet rustic style. The name Nkuku is borrowed from Zambia, meaning 'hut'. Nkuku take pride in having travelled to 'every corner of the world', learning different trades, meeting over 100 artisans and hearing their stories. The designers take pride in knowing that every product has a different story to tell. The materials used reflect this inspiration and common textiles include hemp, cotton paper, recycled glass and mango wood. Nkuku’s values are simple and remain at the core of what they do; ethical, handmade and eco-friendly.

Lantern - extra large, 27 x 21 x 21cm, Bimala, Antique Brass
Lantern, H26 x D20cm, Mohani, Antique Brass
Mirror, H40 x W30cm, Vintage, Glass
Lantern, H76.5cm, Sia, Antique Black
Round Haning Planter, D39.5cm, Abari, Aged Zinc
Hammered Bottle, H39cm, Chara, Clear

Founded by Englishman Andrew Corrie, Canvas Home draws inspiration from quite literally all over the world. One of Corrie's philosophies is ‘creating things that live happily in a city, country or beach house’ which is exactly what Canvas Home products are all about. Their view is that the home is a blank canvas, and that they can help you paint a unique picture, reflective of the life you lead. Beautiful tea towels which reflect the coast of Southern Spain, and placemats crafted from Indian cotton, French linen and strips of bamboo. Canvas Home is the perfect example of a company sourcing trends, products and materials from artisans all over the world; Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Spain, America, Italy, Norway and France to name but a few. As with many brands which are focused on travel, Canvas Home places a huge emphasis on sustainability as well as simplicity and style.

Cup, Set of 4, Abbesses Grey
Canvas Home
Set of 6 espresso mugs, 5.8 x 5.5cm, Tinware, assorted colours
Canvas Home
Platter, Abbesses Metallics, Gold Rim
Canvas Home
Set of 4 mugs, 9 x 9cm, Shell Bisque, mist
Canvas Home