Our woman of the moment, artist Martha Freud, is joining us as the latest in our Tastemaker series. Following the launch of her exclusive ceramic tableware and candle collection at The Conran Shop, the creative enlists her discerning eye to select some of her Conran Shop favourites.
Martha Freud is a British artist and designer known for her delicately constructed ceramics displaying playful slogans. Walking the line between wordplay and philosophical reflection, Freud’s work is refreshingly earnest and thoughtfully crafted. She has recently returned to the public eye after a period of reprieve working on private commissions; we are honoured to premiere her debut collection at The Conran Shop. To celebrate the success of the launch, the talented Freud (and yes, that is of the Freud family) demonstrates her impeccable taste in selecting her top picks from our bountiful offering.
In her home, Freud likes to keep things classic yet playful. An enduring fan of the unparalleled Charles and Ray Eames, she selects the Classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman for both its beauty and its personal meaning: “Growing up, my parents had a pair of these chairs and ottomans and my siblings and I played on them endlessly. They made the best camps or homemade fairground rides and I always feel very nostalgic when I see them.” Pairing the iconic chair with the walnut Eames House Bird, Freud proclaims, “function may have been at the heart of the design of this house bird, but its form couldn’t be more charming.”
Continuing her wooden obsession, Freud selects Hoptimist’s oak Bumble Lamp for her children, who “go crazy for Bumbles (and I do too). I love that they were created for the simple reason of spreading joy, and in my house they really do. As a reading light, they are perfect bedside companions for the children.” And for herself, the iconic Radiofonografo by Brionvega: “When all your music needs are housed in something that looks that good, what more could you want?”
Ensuring that she carves out quality time to spend with her children, Freud takes a moment with The School of Life’s 15-Minute Sandglass: “Taking time away from the screen is so important to me, and timers are such a great way of carving out that time, tempting as it is to check my phone to see if my time is up yet…” Perhaps this time might be spent getting green-fingered with her children using Click & Grow’s Smart Garden: “I love growing food with my children and these gardens take up so little space. They are a great way of connecting to what we eat when we live in the middle of a city.”
With a busy schedule balancing her creative practice and motherhood, Freud understands the importance of a little self-care. To keep active, the artist recommends Merrithew’s SPX Max Reformer: “When my core is feeling strong, everything else in my life feels easier. I got into pilates about six years ago and, despite having two children, I have never felt stronger.” Freud also incorporates exercise into her travel, and is quite taken with tokyobike’s moss-green Mono Bisou Bicycle: “I cycle all around London, it is one of the nicest ways to get around now they have made so many cycle safe roads.” For a little bit of luxury, there’s nothing better than The Cream by award-winning Augustinus Bader, which Freud assures is “worth the hype.”