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The talented independent designers who make living in London such a vibrant and creative experience need our support now more than ever.
Here’s our edit of the most fabulous London-based homeware collections, emerging designers and creators you need to know about in 2021.
Natural candles hand-poured into porcelain vases created by artist Ana Bridgewater in her studio in west London, some finished with gold detailing. Once burned, the candle is easily replaced with a soya wax refill or washed and used as a delicate cup.
Where to buy: candle in porcelain vase plus refill, £50, from abalonuk.com
Homewares crafted in the UK by people facing barriers to employment. Gently fragranced candles, with blends to calm or aid sleep, look beautiful and come in sustainable packing; while each batch creates hours of training for people struggling with mental health illnesses. “People
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