Wouldn’t You Though?
I’m the first to admit, I’m a clutter bug. I have ‘stuff’ everywhere – little piles of bits and bobs that I just can’t seem to find homes for. For example right now by the phone in the kitchen where I’m sitting is a pile that consists of Singapore bank notes (what? where have these suddenly come from – I think I went there, like 12 years ago!), my daughter’s new alarm clock (that was ‘ticking too loudly’ and so has been ejected), three of my son’s Horrible History Trump Cards and my sunglasses. Like gremlins, these piles reproduce – no sooner have I got rid of one, another one pops up. So I’m relying on The Basket Room to (literally) sort me out.
They have a very cool range of ethical baskets in loads of styles and stunning colours (all available from their online shop). Owners Holly Dutton and Camilla Sutton (pictured below – check out those cool cats) work with small craft collectives in Africa to create the beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets.
Both fashion graduates, who became disillusioned with the industry, they came together six years later after spotting a gap in the market. They now split the work of importing and selling these funky baskets between the bases of Nairobi, London and Oxford.
The baskets currently come from Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Swaziland. In times of drought, the women in these farming communities turn to weaving in order to make an additional income. The Basket Room helps to support these weavers and preserve this age old tradition.
I absolutely love them, and can see them working in any style of house because they’re so eye-catching they make their own statement wherever you put them and whatever you plonk in them. I can think of a million and one things I should be using them for – my bathroom bits and pieces, tidying away playroom toys, injecting some colour on my kitchen shelves, treating my (dying) plants to a pretty pot cover, desk tidy… basically, I NEED BASKETS!
Prices range from as little as £3.50 for mini baskets up to £59 for extra large baskets (30cm x 26cm). As well as baskets, hot on the trend forecast that the textile bag is making a comeback, the girls have expanded their bag collection for SS16 with a new range of sisal and wool shoppers, each one hand-woven and in a funky range of colours and designs. Prices start at £60 for a large Shopper.