We're singing the blues this morning at Ideal Home. Or, more accurately, singing the praises of the new Studio Blue collection from Denby, available exclusively at John Lewis. We're already doing the 'math' to work out if we can get to the Oxford Street store and back in our lunch break, just so we can serve tonight's dinner in the deep pasta bowls...
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Buy now: Denby Studio Blue Pasta Bowls, Chalk/Blue, Dia.22cm, Set of 4, £50, John Lewis
Buy now: Denby Studio Blue Cereal Bowls, Chalk/Blue, Dia.17cm, Set of 4, £45, John Lewis
Buy now: Denby Studio Blue Ramen / Large Noodle Bowl, Chalk/Blue, Dia.17.5cm, £18, John Lewis
The range featured speckled glazes in four calming colours. There's Chalk, a pale grey/blue Pebble, powder-blue Flint and darker Cobalt. Luckily, there's no need to pick a favourite, as the idea is to mix and match pieces in different shades for a more informal look.
Nicola Wilson, senior designer at Denby says, 'The colours and textures of pebbles and natural stones – such as flint, shale and chalk – have been the inspiration behind Studio Blue. We have created glazes that evoke the different surfaces found in these minerals, combining them to create a harmonious range.
'We believe bringing Studio Blue into our homes can add some serenity, thanks to the calming qualities associated with the colour blue – a key feature of this collection.'
Aside from us, Studio Blue already has two high-profile fans in Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead – AKA interior designers 2LGStudio. 'Denby has been part of the material of our homes for many years and blue is a passion for us, too,' they say. 'So when we saw the new Studio Blue collection it felt like it was made for us. Blue tones feature heavily in all of our design work as we really recognise their calming effect when creating an interior space.'
Jordan and Russell have some great ideas on how to use the Studio Blue range around the kitchen. They even suggest planting succulents and ferns in the bowls and mugs, and keeping the jug nearby for watering. It's genius, if only because we have an excuse to buy more of the collection. Ha ha!
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Described as bowl-centric (our new favourite word), the range starts from £18 for a large ramen/noodle dish. The pieces are dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe, making them practical for everyday use while still beautiful for Sunday best. If you only buy one tableware range this year, make it this one!
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Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.
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