Our interests and influences are broad, and this is undoubtedly a reflection of the curious and thoughtful individuals that we are lucky enough to know. This festive season, we have invited some of these friends to talk about the objects they love, their homes and the gifts they like to give. For us, the excitement of this project comes from gaining further insight into some interesting creative minds. We often choose products for the way they make us feel, so we look forward to hearing how others react to our offering.
To start our gift guides this season, a wonderful old friend, a designer with quiet depths from which come most magical works - Gemma Holt. Like all the best humans Gemma is many things. She runs the studio of acclaimed Italian furniture designer Martino Gamper, manages publishing company Dent-De-Leone, is a most welcoming host, cooks the best meals and observes the finest details.
Gemma is also the creator of beautifully elegant jewelry, objects with hidden depths, veiled in simplicity. Her work is very much driven by theory and form evolving in tandem, creating pieces that are quiet, rational and rare.
And if that wasn't enough she recently completed a super beautiful restoration of the home and workshop she shares with her husband, Max Lamb. A most interesting and welcoming place, together they have created an atmosphere that holds the warmth of the familiar with the refinement of a gallery. A pretty special home, a gathering only their discerning eyes could have framed. It is for these reasons and more we are excited to share her selection of Makers & Brother's objects.
"We have been collecting different David Mellor sets for the last 10 years; it's hard to settle on one design so we are gradually buying one of each! Provencal is a firm favourite, it has a beautiful balance and a warmth in the hand."
Do you have a particular memory of a special gift received in recent years?
The best gifts are those that you can enjoy and use everyday so that the memories and stories of those gifts have a chance to grow and to change.
Do you remember the first gift you were given?
A yellow and red toy boat given to me by my older sister on the day I was born.
What makes you feel at home?
A room with light and warmth is all you need.
"An amazing company with an amazing history producing amazing hand-woven textiles."
"I have one of these on our table at home. It's both curious and beautiful and has an amazing narrative; my favourite type of object."
Words by Gemma Holt
Portrait by Julia Grassi
Makers & Brothers