Happy International Women's Day! We are thrilled to celebrate the immense talent of our portfolio of female designers, makers and entrepreneurs, in partnership with UK-based illustrator and creative force Fee Greening.
Fee Greening is a woman of both incredible talent and impeccable taste. A graduate of Central St. Martin's and the Royal College of Art, she specialises in dip pen and ink illustrations inspired by Medieval, Gothic and Flemish art. Working with the likes of Gucci, Tate, Alexa Chung, Florence + The Machine and friend of The Conran Shop Alex Eagle, Greening produces intricately elegant work in print, ceramics and textiles. In this crucial moment to champion women, raise awareness about female equality, lobby for advanced gender parity and support female entrepreneurs and brands, we hand our impressive catalogue over to Ms Greening to select her favourites.
To introduce the Fee Greening edit, we start with the beautifully crafted contemporary Tres Outdoor Rug designed by Elisa Padrón and Nani Marquina for nanimarquina. Complimenting its muted hues and versatility, Greening notes, "my illustrations are very intricate quill drawings, influenced by Medieval Manuscripts. When I am away from my desk, I want to rest my eyes, so my home's furnishings tend to be simple, paired back soulful pieces made out of natural materials." The rug pairs beautifully with Margaret Howell's sienna-hued Type 75 Lamp for Anglepoise, a nostalgic choice for our tastemaker: "I got my first Anglepoise for my 10th birthday. I still have it on my desk, and now it's been joined by a whole chorus of them keeping me company on evening deadlines."
Assisting the late-night studio sessions is Brickett Davda's milk-hued Teapot, "never not on my desk," and Charlotte Perriand's sculptural LC4 Chaise Longue, the "dream studio napping station." Elsewhere in her home, Greening favours the Terra.Cotto Casserole Pot by Stefania Vasques for Sambonet, which would "nine times out of ten, be filled with a vat of pasta," perhaps using a recipe from Alice Hart’s The New Vegetarian cookbook, served on Wonki Ware’s Brights Tableware collection. In favour of an intimate candle-lit dinner with friends, Jade Paton's Candlestick collection provides the perfect ambience to "chat late into the night with music floating out of the cottage windows."
To further enhance the sensory experience of her home, Greening turns to sound and scent. She selects the precision-made Square Turntable in walnut to play her favourites from Patti Smith, Betty Davis and PJ Harvey, an apt choice as it is "made by the family business La Boîte Concept and is still based on their matriarch Marie Cagniard Yeramian's original designs." Paired with MAD et LEN's Spirituelle Apothicaire Amber Potpourri, Greening declares her "penchant for anything with a hint of witchcraft. I adore the mystical theatrics of the loose amber; it feels very glamorous."
Portrait image courtesy of Billal Taright.