Lesley Jackson’s book is a detailed account of the company and its colourful founder, Luciano Ercolani.
Margaret Howell’s connection with Ercol furniture goes back to early childhood. In 2002 her company re-launched archive pieces from the Windsor range, helping to create a revival of interest in this classic British furniture.
The book is available in our shops
This jumper was designed by Emma Brooks of Brighton University and produced with the guidance of Margaret Howell. It is one of a limited edition of 25, hand-knitted in Scotland.
This is part of the Campaign for Wool’s initiative to encourage tomorrow’s designers and promote the qualities of this classic British yarn.
Available in our shops now
The second MHL shop is now open at 22 New Cavendish Street, London, W1
This is the fourth in a series of collaborations with creative professionals from other fields. Previously Kenneth Grange, Sam Hecht and Dan Pearson – leading designers in their own disciplines – gave their take on the shirt – all practical, all personal. This time Margaret asked Georgina von Etzdorf.
Georgina is best known for her unique fabric designs which show her distinctive gift as a colourist.
Read more about the collaboration here
Kaikado is the oldest maker of handmade tin tea caddies in the world. The first generation began producing their innovative Chazutsu caddies in 1875 using sheets of tin specially imported from Cornwall. Today the fifth and sixth generations, Seiji and his son Takahiro Yagi work with two other craftsmen in their Kyoto workshop to produce caddies in tin, brass, copper and silver.
Each caddy has two layers; an inner layer of tin and an outer layer of tin or copper. The double wall of metal is perfect for storage, keeping the tins completely airtight and the contents dry. Ideal for storing tea leaves, coffee beans and herbs and spices. With daily use the outer metal layer will change in tone developing a unique patina; colour changes in copper will be noticed in two to three months and over three to five years for tin.
There are more than 130 highly skilled processes in the production of each meticulously crafted Chazutsu. The special airtight feature has remained unchanged for over a century, ensuring that the joint of the lid and body line up and the lid descends to the exact level in one continuous silent motion expelling air from the caddy.
The Chazutsu tea caddies are available to buy from our Wigmore Street shop
Margaret Howell has sponsored Open House London Weekend since 2003 and is promoting access to Battersea Power Station for 2013. The weekend will be the last time this iconic London building will be open to the public before the site is handed over to developers on Monday 23 September.
To mark the occasion Margaret Howell has produced a series of postcards featuring five of Margaret Howell’s favourite Open House buildings since 1992. The postcards will be available from Battersea Power Station, RIBA, Royal Festival Hall, Margaret Howell shops and other key venues over the weekend.
‘A photograph of Battersea Power Station was my suggestion for the Design Museum’s time capsule. I would like people in 100 years time to see how over the last 30 years it has remained an historic monument, one of London’s most powerful and familiar landmarks, to be enjoyed simply for itself.
The sheer scale defeats me when I try to photograph it. Luckily others have managed to. But the true thrill is to see it for real – from the Thames, or a train, or if you possibly can, from close up.’ – Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell is proud to support Open-City, the architectural education charity founded to raise awareness and appreciation of the urban landscape. Open-City actively promotes public engagement and eduction projects by encouraging dialogue about the built environment. Established in 1992 as Open House, the charity offered the public access to private and public buildings of architectural merit in an annual event known as Open House Weekend. Launched in London, Open House Weekend is now a global event spanning twenty cities, including New York, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Helsinki, and Perth, Australia.
British furniture designer Matthew Hilton launches his first time piece exclusively at Margaret Howell during London Design Festival. The watch will be on display and for sale at our
34 Wigmore Street shop from 15 – 22 September.
The watch re-examines standard timepiece construction and has been in research, design and development for two years. Milled from a block of stainless steel and incorporating a Swiss quartz movement, each watch is individually numbered and finished with a simple leather strap crafted in the UK in partnership with accessories designer Bill Amberg. The watch is a refined timepiece for people who appreciate simplicity, quality of materials and function.
‘I wanted for a long time to find a watch that reflects my approach to design. I never found one and finally decided to make one myself’ – Matthew Hilton
The watch will be exclusively available at Margaret Howell, 34 Wigmore Street, London W1 from 15 – 22 September; it will then be available from selected retailers including SCP, and from Matthew Hilton’s website
’Margaret Howell has a particular affinity for the East Anglian coastal landscape, with its openness and flatness and its aura of remoteness, even desolation, a part of the country where she can concentrate on the essentials. Her deep feeling for the natural and authentic gives her clothes design its special quality.’ Fiona MacCarthy, writer and cultural historian.
Fiona MacCarthy’s appreciation of Margaret introduces a selection of Koto Bolofo’s photographs for the 1995 fashion shoot at Shingle Street, with related drawings by Margaret, and her own personal photographs of the Suffolk landscape.
Margaret Howell’s connection with Suffolk features in the Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia exhibition, for which Margaret nominated Stephen Walters the Sudbury silk weavers, featured in our current calendar: British Made. Stephen Walters have been producing silk for Margaret Howell ties for over twenty years.
‘The Suffolk coast is a place where lines and shapes are clearly defined under broad sweeps of sky and ever changing light, the natural landscape and windswept shores constantly inspire me.’ Margaret Howell
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
14 September 2013 – 24 February 2014
More information here
The fourth in a series. Photographed by Koto Bolofo in Filotttrano, Italy.
View the complete group of photographs here