This British company was established in 1994 by its founder Jon Holloway as a garden focused business.
He worked as a product designer and developer for companies such as Habitat, Conran and John Lewis to name but a few.
The company is based in Oxfordshire where they have a showroom. They source their products from across the globe but most of the products that I sell are sourced from Europe.
The products are simple and well made. The pots are made from pottery, concrete or are woven baskets.
Haws Watering Cans is the oldest watering can company in the world. They have been manufacturing high quality gardening equipment in Britain for five generations.
John Haws founded the company in 1886 when he patented a watering can that was easier to carry, and tip, than any watering device before it. This new design was awarded the National Chrysanthemum Society Gold Medal in 1894, and to this day their cans hold true to that same iconic shape.
After 130 years Haws is still a family owned business. They make their products in Smethwick West Midlands.
Studionilli designs are all 3D printed using a bioplastic.
Bioplastic is plastic that is not made from fossil fuels but natural materials like corn starch or sugar cane. The original material for the pots is corn starch, which is fermented to produce Lactic Acid (the same stuff that gives you cramp in your muscles). This is then polymerised – or chemically chained together – to produce poly lactic acid or PLA, which is the plastic used.
The plastic is supplied to me in a wire form, wrapped around a spool. During printing, it is pushed through a nozzle that is heated to around 200 degrees to melt the plastic, and is spiralled around on itself to form the shape that is desired. It works like a glue gun, just with solid plastic, a few fans to cool it and motors to control where is travels. Go onto Studionilli Instagram to see a few time-lapses of the process – it’s very cool!
The pots are biodegradable, but will last for more than 500 years before degrading. They can be biodegraded within a week if they are put into an industrial composter, which biodegrades with enzymes, water and heat. The main pro of the bioplastic is that it is non-toxic and renewable. If it ends up in landfill or incinerated, nothing toxic is released – but hopefully people will hang onto them!
I’m afraid that the pots cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher or have hot drinks inside them, as they would deform around 60-70°C!
The origins of LSA International are found in fashionable swinging sixties London, when Janusz Lubkowski and his wife Ewa were inspired to approach Terence Conran at Habitat with traditional brightly coloured enamelware from their native Poland.
Having established the company with co-founder Tony Saunders, the success of these enamelled coffee pots, mugs, kettles and colanders led Janusz to explore other avenues of Polish production.
Porcelain clay was made into plain white and patterned tableware, popular amongst consumers who sought practical and contemporary designs. Leather bags, satchels and holdalls made from tanned cowhide were sourced from small production workshops. Wooden accessories from Polish cooperatives specialising in the folk traditions of woodwork completed the early collections.
But it was mouthblown glass that offered the greatest potential for transformation. Whilst an archetypal tumbler and jug reflected Janusz’s affinity for the practical, the versatility of the material spurred experimentation with shape, colour and decoration thereby extending the range for the fashion-conscious consumer.
Monika Lubkowska-Jonas continues her fathers passion. She joined the company in 1985 and worked closely with her father, gaining a deep understanding of skilled craft production and developing her unique instincts for quality and style.
This insight into artisan dexterity and the potential of the raw materials encouraged Monika’s creativity, leading her to experiment with different techniques and push the boundaries of hand production – particularly in mouthblown glass, which quickly became her principal focus. She began designing unique collections which demonstrated the complexity of glassmaking, blowing refined or complicated shapes and using lustred paint or richly coloured glass, as well as simple yet functional pieces which reflected her love of entertaining and demonstrated an intuitive understanding of the way people live.
Today Monika shapes and refines LSA International’s identity, continuing her father’s passion for contemporary design and traditional craft, guided by the creativity and innovation around which the company was originally built. As a result, the products celebrate Monika’s aesthetic, her continued inspiration from artisan processes and the original 5 materials – glass, porcelain, leather, wood and enamelled steel.
Centred around the concept of hydration and propagation, Canopy is a collection of sustainably manufactured products launched in collaboration with the Eden Project. Each planter, vase or drinkware item is handmade from 100% recycled glass and is boxed in recycled, recyclable packaging printed with organic vegetable inks to further minimise the impact on the environment. This eco-conscious collection has won a prestigious iF Design Award 2019.
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