July 14, 2024


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Custhom-Made (No, It’s Not a Typo) Breakfast Tableware

Custhom-Made (No, It’s Not a Typo) Breakfast Tableware

We recently spotted a new tableware range created by the British design duo Custhom. The collection has been carefully developed by Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott—a couple who met at the Royal College of Art London and who have been creating hand-made, sustainable items for the home since 2010. The simple forms and sweet sentiment behind this range stayed with us—so we thought we’d share them here.

Photography courtesy of Custhom.

the counter range features confident, pared back forms and a choice of just two 9
Above: The Counter range features confident, pared-back forms and a choice of just two colors: cinder or stone. “Although we love color as a studio, we felt a minimal color palette and glazed finish allowed for a longevity and adaptability of how these pieces could be used,” explains Nathan.

The range centers around the idea of sharing the first meal of the day (our favorite) and includes a milk jug, a taller water or juice jug, a capacious cup, a simple plate, and a bowl. “Counter is a collection of practical pieces we had been searching for for our own home and struggled to find,” explains Jemma. “As with all of our work, we design for shared living spaces, and this is no exception. Keeping the forms practical yet minimal was our intention for the collection so each item could be used for breakfast and beyond; to be adaptable, beautiful, and useful.”

the collection also includes napkins (£\28 each) and a tablecloth (£\ 10
Above: The collection also includes napkins (£28 each) and a tablecloth (£195) made from Irish linen and European hemp and a combination of natural and vegetable dyed fibers, pieced together using traditional quilting techniques to create a subtle, detailed edge.

“Choosing stoneware meant the material itself was robust and functional, yet retained the beautiful and natural grain of the raw stone,” Jemma adds. “When creating the forms, we went through a process of sketches and model-making out of cardboard and plasticine. Each piece was first modeled three-dimensionally. Following this, clay moulds were made and the pieces were cast, then hand finished.”

the water jug (£\1\20) and milk jug (£40). 11
Above: The water jug (£120) and milk jug (£40).

“The process has evolved over the last three years,” Nathan says. “We have been constantly tweaking, moving between parts of hand-building, hand-throwing and casting, and working with a range of wonderfully talented makers in order to achieve the balance of function and form in a range we are really proud of.”

the custhom counter cup (£55). 12
Above: The Custhom Counter cup (£55).

The cups and bowls are glazed “for function” on the inside rather than the outside of each vessel. “The use of glaze for function meant we could keep a raw, matte finish on the outside of the ware,” Jemma explains. “This highlights a tactility often forgotten when hidden under a glaze.”

a counter bowl (£48) and cup (£55). note the hand painted detail arou 13
Above: A Counter bowl (£48) and cup (£55). Note the hand-painted detail around the rim of each item.

the pieces are available to buy individually or as sets: two cups and two plate 14
Above: The pieces are available to buy individually or as sets: two cups and two plates for £160; four cups for £180; or two plates, two bowls, two cups, and one milk jug for £295.

The wares are slip cast in London and made in small batches with particular attention paid to detail. “We want these pieces to be enjoyed, shared, loved, gifted, and cherished,” explains Jemma. “To hold your favorite flavors, to encourage traditions, or to be the starting point to newly formed rituals and simple pleasures.”

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