Based in both Venice and London, Skye McAlpine is a celebrated cook and author, well-loved for her vibrant approach to food. Her first ever homeware collection in collaboration with Anthropologie launching tomorrow draws on a mix of Italian influences, traditional pottery techniques and English fine china.
Best known for her Sunday Times Column and cookbook ‘A Table in Venice’, the collaboration marks a new area of creativity for Skye and an exciting step into the world of design.
The collection consists of 10 styles, ranging from £14 to £98 and is made up of two stories. The splatter story, which is inspired by Skye’s beloved Venice and her collection of Italian pottery, and the delicate floral collection where Skye draws on her love of nature and vintage. The sweet hand-written notes inside the mugs are a beautiful touch and both collections demonstrate Skye’s creativity and feminine quirky style.
Skye has brought together a selection of mismatched designs that will still sit beautifully next to each others. So you can invest in a set or pick up a single statement pieces to add to an existing, eclectic collection.
‘I have long been a fan of Anthropologie and it’s been an absolute dream come true to collaborate with such an iconic brand,’ says Skye of her collection.
‘The way I cook is simple – lots of fresh ingredients that need little doing to them and little time spent on them. It is in this same spirit that we created this collection. The idea was to bring together those essential pieces you need to make even the simplest supper feel like a party feast.
‘The plates, dishes and glasses I use day to day are mostly vintage pieces that I’ve collected together over the years, nothing matches, but once laid out all together on the table it works beautifully.
‘Just as no two vintage finds ever look the same, I wanted each piece in this collection to feel special and carry its own story. For the decoration we took inspiration from the Victorian Language of Flowers so that each flower is not just there because it looks pretty but also because it car ries a special meaning which is then explained in a handwritten note on each piece.
There are few greater pleasures in life than to sit with friends and family round the dining table and enjoy a good meal together. In these strange times, that is perhaps what I long for… and look forward to the most.’
Shop the full collection on Anthropologie from July 8.