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Tog Knives are a must for serious cooks
Tog Knives
Glenside, Oxleaze Lane, Dundry, Bristol, BS41 8LA
phone: +44 (0)117 276 0273

Tog knives are, according to many top chefs, the best money can buy. They're superbly sharp and durable and they make preparing food a joy. 

Designed by industrial designer Rob Beagley-Brown, a Tog knife is a hand-made, batch-produced artisan product. The blades are forged in Japan's Seki City - home of the Samurai sword - from a unique steel that contains three different metals. A high carbon core gives them their incredible edge. The beautiful handles are made for us in Sheffield using the Norwegian material Kebony maple (a durable and eco-friendly alternative to tropical hardwood); and the knives, which are intended to last for decades, come with a lifetime guarantee (*but don't put them in the dishwasher!).
 
Phil Howard, chef and co-owner of two Michelin-starred The Square restaurant in London's Mayfair says this about his Tog knife: 'I'm not a knife geek but I do love a truly great knife. My Tog is one such piece of crucial kit.'
 
 
 
Kantir water bottles
Martin Azua
Verdi, 169 22, 08012, Barcelona
phone: +34 932 182 914

Top designer Martín Azúa's contemporary Numbered collection of homewares comprises furniture, products for the kitchen and decorative accessories made by artisans in and around Barcelona.

Products are idiosyncratic but functional and a pleasure to use. They're made by hand, using sustainable/recyclable materials, such as clay, grasses and wood.

Pictured above are Kantir water bottles that keep water cool without the need for a fridge.

Lindleywood handmade bird boxes are novel and fun
Lindleywood
Helen & Simon Lindley, 17 Pastures Road, Barrowby, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 1AZ
phone: 01476 560707
At Lindleywood we design and hand-make original, fun wooden bird boxes and other products for home and garden. We also use only British suppliers; so we buy our sustainable European redwood pine from a local wood-merchant and use hardwearing non-toxic wood paints from an independent UK manufacturer. Our products are often in the national media, such as on ITV's Love Your Garden and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. They make ideal gifts for all occasions where you want to give something that's well-made and unique. 
basketbasket
BasketBasket
Cranford Drive, Holybourne, Alton, Hants GU34 4HJ
phone: 01420 85112
BasketBasket is a family-run business in Hampshire. Having developed a love of baskets while living in France, founder Virginia Seeckts found it frustrating when she returned to the UK that she couldn't find lovely baskets here. So she launched BasketBasket in 2008 selling fairly traded natural baskets – a truly eco-friendly alternative to the plastic shopping bag.
 
Our baskets are handmade from sustainable grasses and other plants by talented artisans from family-run businesses in Morocco, Ghana and Madagascar. We pay fair trade prices, providing work for local people and preserving skills for future generations. We use eco-friendly packing and there are no plastics used anywhere in our natural baskets. 
 
We import mainly via road and sea, but to offset our carbon we are members of the Woodland Trust which creates new woods throughout the UK.
Toghal
3 Boyne Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8EN
phone: 01892 710614
Toghal is for everyone who loves the intricate and masterful patterns you find in textiles from African countries, with their rich and fascinating heritage. Founder Dayo Forster has updated a range of African designs and Toghal range uses natural sustainable materials such as canvas, parchment, hopsack, linen and hemp. You'll find unique exuberant colourful homewares including cushions, throws and lamp shades, as well as kitchen/dining room linens, furniture, bags and umbrellas.
 
Swedish rag rugs from The Northern House
The Northern House
The Northern House, 13 The Chanonry, Old Aberdeen, AB24 1RP
phone: 07876 573492
We sell beautiful vintage Swedish rugs. Sourced in rural Sweden, the rugs come in a variety of patterns and colourways and date from the 1920s to the 1970s. Woven on traditional floors looms, they're are highly sought after and are becoming increasingly rare.
 
Very much a part of Swedish cultural heritage, the rugs - each one of which is unique - are woven from the leftover fabric in a typical Swedish household;  so they're a great example of upcycling.
 
The rugs we sell at The Northern House work brilliantly in both traditional and contemporary interiors.They were created for both everyday use and are to be loved, admired and trodden on!
 
We hope you enjoy looking at our website.
 
Seven Gauge Studios makes beautiful knitted accessories
Seven Gauge Studios
3 Victoria Crescent, Nottingham, NG5 5DA
phone: 0115 985 7871

Seven Gauge Studios makes knitted home and fashion accessories using premium quality lambswool. We take pride that our production is done in the UK at a small family-run factory using traditional techniques. Each piece is then hand-finished at our studio in Nottingham. Collections starts with a storyboard of ideas and we develop our colour palette and patterns. After knitting each piece is washed and dried, resulting in a beautifully soft, tactile product with a strong graphic quality. Find us in stores and galleries in the UK, Europe and Australia.