Well after visiting the newly restored Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester back in May, which you can read about again here, I was delighted when it was announced, last week, that the are the rightful and worthy winners of Art Gallery of the year.
As well as being a great gallery to visit and without sounding too shallow, I must tell you more about the amazing shop that is located in the entrance to the gallery. As well as the usual books, postcards and posters relating to the current exhibitions, that all galleries have, The Whitworth is also a place that you can buy beautiful homewares and it was on my last visit that I picked up a catalogue by furniture designers and makers, Another Country, who display some of their designs within the shop.
Another Country have been trading since 2010 and aim to provide sustainable and responsibly sourced wooden furniture, using traditional and modern craft techniques inspired by British country designs, shaker, scandinavian and Japanese.
Series One Range of furniture
I love their simple, beautifully crafted designs which look equally at home in a contemporary or traditional setting. Some of their designs can be viewed in situ within a range of projects designed by architects and interior designers on their website. A few examples of their designs are below.
Private project by Charles Mellersh Design