Here’s a selection of ten of my favourite cat-inspired homeware, jewellery and clothing items, which have featured in ‘Products For You’ over the past year – purrfect for Christmas pressies!
These Cat Tea Light Holders are hand thrown from ivory porcelain and are available from Luna Lighting (£15)
Helkat Designs have a range of handprinted animal-inspired cushions, including this beautiful cat (£47.67)
Repeat Repeat have a range of cat mugs, illustrating typical feline behaviour (£9.25)
Helenka White (l) – Tibetan Cat Charm Earrings (£7.00) and Feline Fatale (r) – Love Cats Ring (£6.50) both have ranges of handmade cat jewellery
Lush Designs have a range of cat tableware and tea towels including this Cat Tin (£11.00)
This set of four Yawning Cat coasters from Nixii Art would be a great gift for fans of cats or pop art (£12.00)
Animal-inspired fashion label Brat and Susie have these great Smitten With Kittens t-shirts (currently available at the reduced price of £10)
This beautiful cat charm bracelet, loaded with over 35 cat charms is by Newells Jewels (£30)
Fans of kitsch will love these cat lamps from Good Gracious (£59.99)
The London-based Lush Designs team have added some tableware to their popular Pussycat range of products. This time the rococo kitties feature on a bone china mug and 20.5cm diameter side plate, which are both embellished with real gold. I love the attention to detail in these designs; if you look closely you can see the cats are having butterfly cakes – with real butterflies – for afternoon tea!
This tableware is available from the Lush Designs website. Prices: single mugs £15.00 or £52.00 for a set of four; single plates £23.00 or £88.00 for a set of four.
If your ever find yourself in Greenwich, I can thoroughly recommend a visit to the Lush Designs Shop – it’s a treasure trove of lovely goodies.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a tea or coffee drinker, a cuppa definitely tastes better when drunk from a cat mug; fact. Here’s four of the best from Not on the High Street:
The Cat Mug by Fenella Smith, priced at £16.00.The Kitten Mug by Nadia Sparham, priced at £15.00.
The Cat and Butterfly Mug by Mary Kilvert, priced at £12.00.
The Cat n Mouse Mug (picture shows three views of the same mug) by Marbles Ink, priced at £7.75.
Which one will you be dunking your biscuits into?
I really like the clean, simple design, featuring a mischievous and alert-looking long-haired cat, on this tableware collection by Nadia Sparham. The collection includes a mug, coffee cup and saucer, and plates in three sizes: 15.2cm; 20.3cm and 25.5cm. Nadia’s tableware is available from her Not on the High Street shop. Prices from £15.00.
These bone china mugs featuring bold graphic cat illustrations are part of the Silhouette range from award-winning Staffordshire-based design duo Repeat Repeat.
Repeat Repeat are Gillian Naylor and Mark Faulkner who produce a huge range of beautifully-designed tableware, and continue the long tradition of pottery manufacture in Stoke-on-Trent.
The Silhouette cat mugs are available in four colours (green, blue, pink and orange), and can be purchased from the Repeat Repeat website for £8.65.
These mugs accomplish the rare feat of being both attractive and amusing (never a bad thing in any walk of life), and are certainly a cut above the ‘I Heart My Cat’ examples of naffness that I occasionally receive as gifts. (I fear I may just have made a grave error of judgement in exposing myself as such an ingrate when I have a birthday coming up; but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.)