Many happy returns: Celebrate some great British designs as they come of age


Raise your glasses and make a toast as some of our great British brands mark major milestones this year.

Quintessentially English, Sanderson is one of the first names to trip off the tongue if you're on the hunt for beautiful florals, and this year, it is celebrating 150 years in business by reviving some of its most vibrant prints.

'The Sanderson story spans many eras of changing tastes and styles, and the designs have moved with the times, always reflecting contemporary style and new technologies,' says managing director David Smallridge. 

Primavera curtain fabric, £40 per metre and Eggplant matt emulsion paint, £28.50 per 2.5-litre, sanderson, 0844 543 9500, sanderson-uk.com

Primavera curtain fabric, £40 per metre and Eggplant matt emulsion paint, £28.50 per 2.5-litre, sanderson, 0844 543 9500, sanderson-uk.com

Meanwhile, 2010 is an important year, too, for Portmeirion Potteries, which has notched up 50 years of innovative tableware. To mark its half-century, the company is re-launching some of its best-loved designs in the Originals collection, including the iconic Totem, Variations and Magic Garden, with mugs starting at £15. 

And don't miss the 200-year celebrations going on at Heal's: there's a book charting its history plus the launch of the second, limited-edition Heal's ReDiscovers collection.

Union Jack jug, £24.95, emma Bridgewater, 020 7371 5489, emmbridgewater.co.uk

Union Jack jug, £24.95, emma Bridgewater, 020 7371 5489, emmbridgewater.co.uk

And this summer, gorgeous homegrown British brand, Cabbages & Roses, is toasting ten years of beautiful vintage florals.

Emma Bridgewater has something to smile about, too, as 25 years on from her first big order for £600, the company has become the biggest pottery manufacturer making all its wares in Britain.

'It makes us all very proud to know that we are supporting traditional skills that might otherwise have died out,' declares Emma who has launched a special silver edition of her Union Jack and White Toast designs to celebrate.

'We employ more than 120 people in an old Victorian factory in stoke and we hope to be flying the flag for British pottery for a while yet.'

Prima Donna cushion, £45, Heal's
Luna chair by Matthew Hilton, £1,295, Heal's

Prima Donna cushion, £45, and Luna chair by Matthew Hilton, £1,295, both Heal's, 08700 240780, heals.co.uk




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