Spotlight on: 6 female creators this International Women’s Day 2020
In honour of International Women’s Day 2020, and the many female creators and designers making waves in the design world, we’re taking time to shine a spotlight on a few of our favourites. From fine jewellery and objet designers to world-renowned architects – here’s a look at our best-loved female movers and shakers.
Ambitious London-based jewellery and ceramics designer Anissa Kermiche is headed for the big leagues, having had her delicate, feminine-inspired pieces featured in the likes of Harper’s Bazaar and Forbes. She’s a master of not only fine jewellery design, but interior design too. And we love her female body-inspired home pieces, like this white ceramic jug and small terracotta vase.
Vanessa Branson stumbled upon the Marrakech riad that would become her boutique hotel El Fenn in 2002, on a trip with Howell James to find their perfect holiday home. It was love at first sight – and a love they wanted to share with discerning guests – so they set about turning into a 28-room, courtyard-filled hotel instead. Vanessa’s had a huge hand in its contemporary Moroccan design, choosing traditional pieces like artisan-crafted wood furniture and handwoven rugs. And we’re big fans of this handmade Moroccan armchair, and these luxe silver candlesticks.
Alexandra Gray Bennett (CEO) & Jocelyn Johnson (Creative Director) founded Louise Gray to pay homage to the art of quilting. Karen Gray, a lifelong seamstress and Alexandra’s mother, is the production director – this team of skilled and creative women create pieces with a meaningful purpose, encouraging local artisanship, family values, and sustainable manufacturing practices.
Themis Zouganeli is the designer of the THEMIS • Z lifestyle brand. The accomplished designer’s lifestyle and aesthetic are influenced by her memorable upbringing in Athens, its cultural heritage and her Summers escaping to the charming islands of Greece.
The French designer living in London blesses us with creative homeware that comes in all shapes and sizes. Her light-hearted mantras like ‘bum love’ celebrate a fun and enthusiastic way of embracing self-love.
Carolina teamed up with her daughters Olympia and Ariadne, on a collection that’s made for days spent with family at home. We love seeing these women work together to dream up such charming and heart-warming pieces.
And one more, just because we love her so much.
Elsie de Wolfe
Elsie de Wolfe was one of the world’s biggest design legends – paving the way for many more to come. She’s regarded by some as ‘America’s first decorator’, and first began in 1905 after working her magic on her own home. She went on to forge a successful career in the field, even publishing a book: The House in Good Taste. And we love her use of subtle, warm tones and 18th-century French elegance.