– Jason I love you. Kandya Mad

Model C3 'Jason' chair

I had to share this gorgeous Jason chair with you by Jacobs & Guille for Kandya
(1953). Simply stunning. 

An early production example of the 1953 model re design. Single sheet beech laminate seat, onto white painted steel rod base finishing in metal feet.

This was Frank Guille’s first commission for Kandya, where he was appointed design consultant. A set of six is going to set me back in the region £1250. I think I’ll wait until my toddler is a little older before investing in these, and just admire from afar. As I don’t much fancy seeing them after she’s attacked them with the point of a pencil for five minutes when bored and I am making dinner!

Trimma cabinet Frank Guille for Kandya Ltd 1956

 Whilst I am sharing my design passions here is a beautiful cabinet I just love, the Trimma cabinet again by Frank Guille for Kandya.  It is solid beech, painted and veneered plywood with glass. An important and rare example of Guille’s functional yet refined designed ideals alas I missed out on this treasure. I’m really after a lovely 50s pale blue white and black one which I saw in a house in Brighton some while back. Great for displaying the vintage ceramics with cupboard doors pulled back for a sneaky peak. I’m still searching high and low for one even vaguely similar, I appreciate it will cost me dearly, but I can dream. Until then, there’s Ikea which is far more toddler friendly!


– Jessie Tait – Another Sad Loss to Design

Another of my other huge inspirational design figures has also died recently. Jessie Tait died aged 81 on 14th January.  She was well known as the chief designer for Midwinter, I have fond memories of growing up with her ceramics as part of my grandmothers kitchenware and later I started to collect some of her pieces. Below is a photo of some of her work from a book, alas not owned by me. As you can see her designs remain very contemporary and modern. I just love the simplicity of the design. Her obituary can be read here in the Guardian.

– Lucienne Day – A Sad Loss To The Design World

Starting my first blog of the year with a rather downturned mouth I’m afraid after hearing the news that Lucienne Day passed away on 30 January 2010, at the age of 93. She’s always been my favourite designer and I’ve absolutely loved her work. She was a true inspiration and is a huge loss to the design world. Here are just a few of her fabrics and my ever mentioned Converse Trainers using her gorgeous fabric calyx designs. A link to her obituary in The Guardian can be found here.

Below are just some of my favourites of her fabric designs.

Dandelion Clocks & Calyx


Retro Lucienne Day Converse Jack Purcell Shoe Calyx 1951

I am so in love … as I knew NO-ONE would buy these for my birthday, therefore I treated myself. Aren’t they just gorgeous. As yet they have ventured out only on a dry day! But still they are very beautiful even if they spend most of their time staring at me in the wardrobe. I love Lucienne Day’s textiles and this one from 1951, Caylx is just gorgeous used on these Jack Purcell Converse Shoes. Available on ebay if you are interested, tell him I sent you, might be in line for a discount for the rest of the collection, I am planning to buy!


Hello world!

heiress apparent logoWell here it is, my first posting on my Heiress Apparent blog. For those of you who are interested, here is a short bit about Heiress Apparent. Heiress Apparent the company, was born on 09 09 09 – it seemed like a good date choice at the time. It’s a small designer maker studio based in Worcestershire. 

I am an artist/designer specialise in utilising and reworking vintage fabrics, screen and Gocco printing and custom creations. The items range from the small stocking filler gifts that won’t break the bank to custom furniture pieces that take considerable man hours to produce.

Sum Heiress Apparent up in a nutshell = Quirky, beautiful things with a vintage twist for the eco-conscious style minded.

Sum me up in a rather larger nutshell = I love anything vintage. I spend an inordinate amount of time trawling ebay for vintage finds, car boot sales at unearthly hours, flea markets, jostling with the elderly at jumble sales and sitting patiently in auction houses for that dream lot. I’ve worked in the creative industries for the last 18 years – i’ve been a graphic designer, a director of music videos and TV commercials, a film-maker, an animator, an artist and have settled with utilising my love for vintage and making things, oh and i’m currently writing two books … slowly.