Make a statement in your home with a beautiful fabric lantern from Inspired Lanterns. There’s a range of country-inspired designs to choose from, all drawn by local artists. Poppy Seed (above) is one of our favourites for adding drama to a country bedroom. Good friends and joint owners of the business, Annette and Izzy, tell us more…
How did Inspired Lanterns come about?
The inspiration for our lanterns was first discovered on a little back street in Laos, Greece, where some fabric and fairy lights were used to decorate a little café. The idea blossomed and evolved into the enchanting products we make today. When it came to naming the company the word Inspired sprang to mind, because it sums us up. We’re inspired every day by each other, our family, friends and the beauty of the world around us.
What’s your workspace like?
Ever changing! Whether it’s a photo-shoot in Annette’s living room or a road trip round England to source local materials and meet artists and designers, we go wherever the work takes us.
What inspires your designs?
Britain in all its glory! From enchanting countryside scenes to historic cityscapes, our designs aim to capture all the things we love about it.
Talk us through the design and making process.
Our prints are sourced from local artists and designers, chosen or commissioned to fit with our brand. We strive to keep our lanterns as natural and local as possible and digitally print onto 100% unbleached cotton sourced in England.
What do you love about what you do?
From the moment we decided to embark on this venture together, it’s been an exciting roller-coaster of a journey. We started out with a rather limited understanding of fabric, printing and product design, but it never stopped us pushing forward. Every day we’ve faced new and exciting challenges and learnt so much.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
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Contemporary, country and quintessential.