Look Like Love specialise in supporting and promoting graduate and emerging designers, providing an exclusive collection of hand-made and limited edition work.
Esther is a surface pattern designer creating bold printed homewares and accessories from her Norfolk home.
Taking shapes and marks from natural and architectural forms, Esther’s designs combine fresh and contemporary colour palettes with a Scandinavian influence and passion for simple design.
"I have always had a dream to build my own business, selling my designs on beautiful hand crafted or locally sourced products. In the spring of 2018 I decided to go for it. I hope that when people buy from ESTHER ANN they get not only beautifully designed and made products, but also a little slice of the love that goes into it." - Esther
Look Like Love Asks….
Whose work are you most inspired by? - I take little bits of inspiration from so many people, whether that be other makers through Instagram or big design houses like Marimekko. I'm always drawn to artists whose work plays with colour!
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I am definitely an afternoon/ evening worker. There is something about making the studio cosy and settling down in front of my sewing machine that just cant be beaten.
Best snack for studio days? - My studio snacks are never the same, but I always sway towards savoury! You’ll also never find me working without a mug of coffee or chai tea!
Jonathan studied at Leeds Arts University, UK, and graduated with a Ba(Hons) in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design in 2009.
As a designer his work is presented in a very graphic way, with his love of geometric shape & pattern evident alongside his underlying attention to colour and detail. He gathers his influences and inspirations from a variety of elements, whether it's within a bustling city or out in the country. Simple forms, bold colour combinations, layout & composition, and subtle textures all play their own part.
Jonathan has recently relocated to south London and works as a freelance designer and printmaker. He divides his time between designing for a variety of fashion & interior clients, and working on his own personal silk screen prints and other handmade design products.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Josef Albers. His colour studies are just perfection.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I like getting up and in the studio early. That’s when I work best.
Best snack for studio days? - Most definitely a packet of mixed nuts! I take them every day and they keep me going until lunch.
Holly is a ceramic designer who focuses on minimal and contemporary homewares. Mixing strong, angular forms with lively patterns, she likes to create exciting yet minimal ceramic pieces to be used around the home. Vast experimentation of different techniques creates the basis of each new collection that she produces.
She has recently graduated from Staffordshire University with a masters in Ceramic Design.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Ettore Sottsass who founded the Memphis movement. He created a huge amount of homewares, furniture and other items in bold, crazy shapes and bright colours which really influences the work I create.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I usually start getting inspired at night and I will stay up for hours thinking of new ideas and designs that I want to create.
Best snack for studio days? - Chocolate, always!
Heidi graduated from Truro College 2018 in BA Silversmithing and Jewellery. Working in Cornwall, Heidi is influenced by the local landscapes and Scandinavian Design. Inspired by alternative materials and simplistic geometric shapes she hand-fabricates and casts interesting and eye-catching home interiors, using pewter and jesmonite. These geometric forms were developed to bring nature indoors, creating interest within interior spaces and elevating one’s way of living.The handmade nature of these vessels, including the use of bespoke made tools, means that each contain slight imperfections, adding character and personality to the piece.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Adi Toch, Ruth Tomlinson and Ariane Prin.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Mid-Late afternoon.
Which is the best snack for studio days? - A cup of tea with either cheese and caramelised onion chutney on crackers or Giant Diary Milk Buttons.
Alex has worked as a designer and maker for over 10 years, developing homewares for national retailers but took a step away from the mass produced and into a re-connection with product by making once again. He works mainly with timbers which are locally sourced from the Devon landscape and combines traditional and modern craft techniques with contemporary design and a playfulness of form, texture and attention to detail.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Right now it’s Pat Kim; the playful and strong forms and bold finishes are super pleasing.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Whenever “that” idea you’ve been striving for just pops into your head when you least expect it; which more often than not, is not even when you’re trying to think about it.
Best snack for studio days? - Coconut water and organic crunchy peanut butter with banana on a cracker; a proper energy booster!
Roslin McCafferty Watson is a recent graduate of Silversmithing & Jewellery Design from the Glasgow School of Art. She is now based in rural Leicestershire.
Her Graduate collection looks at the prevailing relationship between an object and its role in its immediate environment. Each object is designed to be simple, familiar, tactile and treasured for what it is, rather than what it might represent; simply an exploration of form, functionality and process.
At the point of production, each piece is made through an almost automatic response to the material and the process by which they’re constructed.
By attempting to fabricate the piece on an instinctual level, reacting to the material properties or working around technical problems to produce the desired outcome, not only removes any artificial concept from the piece as it exists independently, but also aims to act as an extension of the maker’s influence on the material.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Carl Auböck.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Mid-morning, with a coffee and a sketchbook somewhere...
Best snack for studio days? - Banana!
“As a passionate materialist, I enjoy exploring the relationship between cloth and process. As a printed textile designer, I have enjoyed exploring my practice through a combination of both hand and digital processes. It is this investigation of cloth through process that drives my practice.I studied at Manchester School of Art specialising in printed textiles.
My project stems from an initial interest in sustainability by creating handmade natural pigments from found objects such as rocks and berries from coastal areas near my hometown, from this I was able to create an initial series of paintings which inspired my final design collection. I was inspired further by the shapes and surface textures these created, which led me to explore further inspiration from weathered worn surfaces created by rust and decay.”
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Kate Blee.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - 11am.
Best snack for studio days? - Lots and lots of tea (with cake).
Steph is a Ceramics Designer/Maker based in Dundee, Scotland. With an eye for colour and pattern, she draws on her background in Illustration to create contemporary, graphic ceramic jewellery and homewares. Focusing on minimal shapes, combined with bold patterns and a limited colour palette, she creates pieces which are easy to wear and live with. Each piece is individually made by hand to create simple and functional, yet beautiful, products to be cherished and used.
Designed to be multifunctional, the minimalist nature of each object allows you to bring your own narrative to them and explore how they fit with your lifestyle. Each piece is handcrafted using marble smooth Parian porcelain clay, before using underglaze to hand-drawn pattern and illustration directly onto the unfired work.
Each piece is imperfectly unique, with subtle differences worth celebrating.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - There are so many to choose from! I find a lot of inspiration from artists such Anni Albers, Carmen Herrera, and Nathalie du Pasquier - artists who explore the boundaries between art and design. I'm really interested in that space between art and design where there's a lot of opportunity to play - it's the main reason I studied Illustration at art school!
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I wish it was in the morning or afternoon so that I had a full day to take a run at an idea, but most of my ideas seem to strike in the evenings when the day is almost done. Or when I'm in the shower!
Best snack for studio days? - I'm a big fan of Nakd bars - lemon drizzle is my current favourite. And plenty cups of tea!
From their live/work warehouse studio in North London, Bellamy Design creates modern, functional pieces for commercial and residential interiors.
Experience in bespoke furniture, interior architecture and lighting installations creates a rich palette of inspiration when designing for spaces. Pieces are designed through a harmony of material exploration and manufacturing processes.
Our pieces are meticulously designed to be efficient in manufacturing and production resulting in a meaningful product for modern living, with hints of their iconic past.
We work closely with skilled British artisans and manufacturers. Each piece is made-to-order and assembled by hand in our studio.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Most inspiring designer for me is Fay Toogood. But I try not to follow too many designers, I prefer to follow archive accounts like newagecocaine.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Favourite time of the day is in the evening when my partner and I discuss things throughout the day as inspiration. We are starting works on our Victorian flat in the new year.
Best snack for studio days? - Bread from Dusty Knuckle, best bread is from Dusty Knuckle in fact!
An innovative, progressive designer and maker, Chloe Robertson has been working as a jeweller and silversmith within the design industry over for a decade.
With a background in combining white metal and hard woods, she places focus on the finish of the product and works to explore highlighting and contrasting features within her collections. Through a unique use of both materials and techniques Chloe aims to subtlety create through shape and form.
Within the last year Chloe has launched a jewellery brand Cero London which showcases beauty within simplicity and is inspired by her love of modern architecture and geometry.
All jewellery is hand crafted at her South London workshop, where she has had a studio space for over 6 years.
Beatrice Larkin founded her studio in London, specialising in modern woven textiles, accessories and interior products. Not driven by seasonal trends, Beatrice’s distinctive, softened geometric fabrics have a timeless quality that are designed to be enjoyed and appreciated all year round.
The design process begins in Bea’s East London studio with her drawings taking inspiration from traditional weave structures, West African textiles, The Bauhaus and Brutalist architecture. She then turns these sketches into jacquard weaves, playing with scale and repeat, focusing on the structure and design of cloth in equal measure.
All production takes place in England and Beatrice works with well-respected, highly skilled manufacturers who understand the care and attention needed for the high end textile market.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Anni Albers.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Morning.
Best snack for studio days? - Bakewell Tarts.
Eva is a London based designer-maker working in the field of ceramic design. ERADU Ceramics is Eva's trademark. The brand came about as soon as Eva finished her MA in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the UK Ceramic industry.
ERADU Ceramics was recently listed as one of the Top 25 British Ceramics brands by Make it British.
Bone china and Porcelain are Eva's favourite materials. Although she experiments with terracotta and some other clay she loves the purest white colour of bone china and the endless possibilities of colouring the porcelain. The challenge she seeks is the reinvention of shapes in the melting point of old and new. In her work Eva seeks inspiration in traditions as well as following the latest trends to accomplish the needs of the contemporary individual.
With the finely crafted objects Eva makes she strives to offer pleasant vessels for enjoyable experience.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Not easy to say… it may be the work of Verner Panton.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Late afternoon is my favourite time.
Best snack for studio days? - Banana is the best snack!
Lizzie Hillier Studio produces limited edition screen prints and bold fabric designs. Colour, shape and texture are at the heart of the experimental process Lizzie uses with an emphasis on creating bold statement pieces for the home. Balancing clean abstract shapes with energetic brush marks and textures gives the work it’s signature style. Printed by hand in Sussex, each screen print is unique and celebrates the hand of the artist. Fabrics are made into cushions, adding a accent of colour to interior spaces.
Lizzie Hillier grew up in Sussex UK, where she continues to work today. She studied BA Textiles at Goldsmiths College in London and MA Sequential Design at Brighton University. Lizzie went on to run the block print textile company Woven Oak, where her customers included Liberty London, The Victoria & Albert Museum and Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Japan. The Abstract Expressionists and Matisse’s cutouts influence her bold abstract style.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Abstract painters like Patrick Heron, Franz Kline and Gillian Aryes.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I always work best in the morning after a jog and coffee.
Best snack for studio days? - Never ending cups of herb tea and homemade oat and raisin cookies!
Studio Henley is an independent East London Interior designer channeling her inner graphic design with a love for clean contemporary calendars for the home.
Georgie hand makes a tonal spectrum of tableware and home accessories using the slip casting method, from her south east London studio. Pick the perfect tone for your home and curate your own unique collection of tonal pieces, to be used and enjoyed daily. Each contemporary piece is finely polished, which accentuates the clay body’s naturally smooth surface. Once cast, each piece is bisque fired, sanded with an extremely fine grade paper, glazed on the inside only, and receives a final polish after its glaze firing. Although these are cast using a known industrial method, Georgie intends to keep the handmade nature of each product, giving each piece a sense of soul with it’s own story. Georgie Scully graduated with a BA in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins in 2013.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Mordani and the city landscape.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I'm not a morning person but it is before 13:00 that my brain and focus is of best use. I make all my decisions for the working day before then to make the rest of the day making smooth and efficient when I'm feeling more tired. I often find I get some useful ideas when I'm on my commute. It's not my favourite thing to do so I use the time of not working to let lost in thoughts of ideas, current work, and future projects.
Best snack for studio days? -The best studio snack is coffee and biscuits.
CM Carter creates comics and illustrations under the guise of Breakfast Champion. She draws influence from alternative comics, low brow culture and dark humour.
As well as old fashioned pens and paper CM likes to work with digital media, silk screen and single malt!
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Daniel Clowes - cartoonist with a designer's mind, and Chip Kidd - designer with a cartoonist's mind. Both just so enviably smart!
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Used to be late at night but now I have to get up really early so probably first thing in the morning before anyone else is around.
Best snack for studio days? - Can't underestimate a Nature Valley cereal bar washed down with a nice strong coffee
Han Roe is a print and surface designer based in Leeds, originally from Newcastle. She has a love for texture and shape which is evident in her work. Alongside prints, Han has also worked on murals and public art installations around Leeds that has grown her exposure and her skillset. Her prints are graphic and fun with a focus on creating whimsical art for the home or office that reflects her positive outlook on life.
Whose work are you most inspired by? - I love David Shrigley’s sarcasm - it informs the subjects of my work. I also love seeing what people are up to on Instagram, whether it’s independent artists or brands!
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - I get inspired either early morning or really late at night!
Best snack for studio days? - Im a fan of chocolate buttons but try to swap it out for dried apricots when trying to be somewhat healthy!
Matthew is a painter based in St Leonards-on-sea, on the south coast of England. His work is in private collections in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and the US. Pitts creates work with a warm and open character that explores the formal qualities of painting and pictoral space – composition, shape, line and colour.
‘Many things influence my paintings and there is no hierarchy: bad jokes, Tintoretto, a dripping tap – it’s all fair game and welcomed in equally. The paintings exist as objects in their own right and there is no hidden message or agenda. They are a collection of humble materials that provide a record of endeavour at a particular moment in time.
In many ways painting can seem a selfish pursuit, but like many others I have a desire to create and I am drawn to the physical process of painting. I create work in an attempt to better understand the parameters of painting and in turn better understand the world around me and my place within it. I hope that there is generosity to be found in the images that I make and that viewing them and living with them can be a positive experience.”
Matthew J Pitts 2018
Whose work are you most inspired by? - Lots of people! Writers and musicians as much as visual artists. Although I certainly admire the work of Annie Albers, Raoul de Keyser and Ellsworth Kelly.
What is your favourite time of the day to get inspired? - Late in the evening.
Best snack for studio days? - My time in the studio is almost exclusively fuelled by coffee!