Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel launched their iconic business, Thornback & Peel, in 2006 after discovering a mutual passion for screen-printing. A florist and a set designer at the time, they decided to play on their love of the eccentric and surreal, printing designs with a dash of quirky British humour onto a range of homewares. Their festive collection extends to crackers, aprons, tea-towels and more – perfect for those looking to put an unusual twist on a traditional Christmas this year!
What inspires your designs?
We like to draw on British humour in our designs, updating classic ideas from old tales we loved as children. By playing with colour, form and scale we produce prints with a little charm from the past. Sources for inspiration include anything from Mrs Beeton’s Household Management and Alice in Wonderland to 17th century microscope imagery of the natural world!
What do you hope to inspire in others?
When thinking about new products we always return to the William Morris quote: ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. We hope our designs are something you can delight in every day.
Which festive design is your favourite?
Juliet: For me it’s Robin & Holly. It’s a perfect pick for anyone who is the first to have their decorations up, cards sent, and always has the biggest tree possible!
Delia: The Stag & Mistletoe design. It’s great for a Christmas romantic; lovers of country walks, open fires and kissing under the mistletoe of course!
We’ve been working on an exclusive collection for Fortnum & Mason featuring bees inspired by their own rooftop hives. This design is especially close to Delia’s heart as she’s just inherited a beehive. Our next collection is the launch of SS16. They’ve not been signed off yet, but we’ve had great responses!
Describe your creative style in 3 words.
Humorous, classic and timeless.