Design: First-Class Deliveries
No 3: Duntisbourne
Friday 27 November 1998
The diverse range of items in the catalogue include: ceramic mugs and planters painted with jolly farmyard animals; a large dish boldly decorated with swirling salmon; a hand-forged, steel-pipe fire blower, just the ticket for breathing life into dying embers; expensive but good-looking wooden bowls and platters in ash, elm and sycamore; and a very World of Interiors-style ticking bolster with matching cushions.
The catalogue was photographed in and around the 14th-century Cotswold farmhouse. "I wanted it to have a quintessential, English country village look; it is more than a catalogue - it is very evocative," says Venetia Hendry.
Hendry and Duxbury applied three criteria when choosing what to stock: first, the product had to be handmade; second, British; and third, not widely available.
It will be interesting to see how Duntisbourne develops. As yet, the catalogue does not have a clear identity, but no doubt as Hendry and Duxbury discover what sells, it will become more focused.
Best item: Steel bootscrape and pull, pounds 34.95
Worst item: Peach and rose magazine rack, pounds 79.95
Cheapest item: Six antique marble-effect coloured candles, pounds 5.95.
Duntisbourne, 0161-980 5880.
Freepost NWW5427, Altrincham WA15 8BR. On the Internet at:
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