Having started in the creative industry as an interior designer, British artist and product designer Anna Jacobs launched her first homewares collection in 2015. Her stunning artwork is at the core of each piece, featuring on cushions and lamps with unique glass flex bases.
What inspires your designs?
So much! After becoming a single parent and losing everything I found I was left with two things I cherish most – my children and my creativity. It made me feel happy, strong and hopeful. My designs reflect that, particularly images of birds flying strong and focused. I also draw inspiration from the plants in my garden. I think the whole cycle from seed to bloom is beautiful and like exploring the idea that beauty isn’t always about youth – age and imperfection can be perfect, too.
Where do you work?
My workspace is still my kitchen table and my bedroom! However when I need it, I go to a beautiful art studio, which is actually where I took art lessons for school.
How do you go about choosing manufacturers?
I’ve specifically chosen British manufacturers so far as I’m keen to support the rejuvenation of our industry. It’s also a practical choice for me; I can’t pop off to China for a week to see samples, but I can just about get to Norfolk and back before the school day finishes!
Describe your interior style.
When I worked an intense job in the city my house was all white as I wanted zero stimulation when I got home. Now, my house is bright, colourful and fun, with a mix of contemporary pieces and upcycled vintage pieces all rounded off with lots of artwork.
What advice would you give to new designers?
Find your style and build on it, regardless of trends. If you love it, other people will too.
I have a new gold flex lamp base coming out in the Autumn and I’ve also got bed and table linen in the pipeline. Plus some potential coloured glass bases as well – all very exciting!
Sum up your creative style in three words.
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Clear, vivid and painterly.