Animalia tray

Just a quick post to flag up some really cute and unique gifts I have stumbled across whilst on my travels. If you are ever in Amsterdam and get the chance to visit Egg Merchantile on Lelie Straat, then you simply must drop in for a browse.

They sell some simply exquisite pieces of design, from trays and ceramic ornaments to wall hangings accessories. For example, how about some good old fashioned animalia? Check out these large serving trays from ibride (above) I particularly like the  Crow Conquistador – very ornithological-theatrical – and guaranteed to be a talking point at your cocktail party.

And this set of 4 cast porcelain flying birdies below are handmade in Denmark by Trine Weng and Susan Liebe, otherwise known as the Casalinga team. They cost €55 and provide an interesting and modern take on the three flying ducks.

Blue birdies

Or what about Élise Lefebvre’s “Wonderland” collection of woodland creature  immortalised in porcelain? I love the little fox pendant but the birdies and piggies are super cute too (€65)

Foxy pendant
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of surprises, and the clever and creative Lola Goldstein’s  sweet range of porcelin ‘creatures’ just makes me smile. I love, love, love the little nut fellow (below.)

Small Nut

Finally, I fallen for the charms of Lyndie Dourthe whose beautiful ‘Oiseaux’ brooches are inspired by the images taken from the 17th & 18th Century encyclopedia illustrations. The images are transferred onto coarse cotton canvas and then stuffed and stitched to within an inch of their little lives. They also have a little silver plated pin attached so you can wear them as a brooch and they come in their own painted boxes – exquisite – and only €26 each!

 smallldtreasurebirds

That’s your lot for now…happy shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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