My collection of ceramics has grown significantly in the last few years as I’ve come to understand that eating and drinking should always be an enjoyable ritual. It offers us all time to slow down, to make the most of our time with friends and family, or even just a moment to ourselves. The way in which we eat and how we see our food can greatly affect how we feel in the moment, and after. We all deserve to drink out of a beautifully-designed mug, pour a glass of water from an attractive jug and eat our food off plates and bowls that emphasise the beauty and quality of the ingredients we serve.
This Spring, Royal Doulton and Barber Osgerby have relaunched their Olio Collection; initially launched in 2015. The collection by London-designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby takes inspiration from our modern love of mix and match ceramics; no longer is it the norm to have a single set in which every plate and bowl are the exact same style. We have become ceramics collectors, picking out complimentary designs from various places. Olio means a miscellaneous collection of things, and also a highly spiced stew of various meats and vegetables originating from Spain and Portugal; so it’s quite an appropriate name for the eclectic collection.
“We design objects that are timeless, things that people want to keep forever.”Edward Barber & Jay Ogersby
There are 14 pieces in the, predominantly ceramic, Olio Collection. It has been designed in such a way that you could choose just one piece to add to your current collection or create a complete set. In addition to ceramics there are sustainable wooden serveware and stainless steel cutlery. The collection combines porcelain and stoneware with both glazed and unglazed details in graphic black, timeless white and celadon blue. The sugar pot, jugs and serving bowls work equally well as decorative objects in the home.
Royal Doulton describe Olio as “a considered range with an honest, authentic and functional design sensibility”.
For further information, visit www.royaldoulton.com.