Christmas is only 6 weeks away so we wanted to give you some ideas of presents (starting as little as £7!) for your friends and family. We have a beautiful range of tea towels, fine bone China mugs, birch wood trays and a great selection of hand screen prints!
Enjoy your Christmas shopping!
The tea towels Un Dimanche à Paris in grey/pink back in stock. The quirky parisian illustration is screen printed on a 100% cotton soft fabric. Our tea towels are all printed in the UK.
Have a nice week!
We thought while the sun is shining, that it'd be a good time to share our collection of birch wood trays. We wanted to make our trays from a natural sustainable material and so we looked to Sweden where they have been producing birch wood trays (from renewable forests) for over 60 years.
A few wonderful facts about our trays:
They are all totally dishwasher proof, so go ahead and give them a good clean!
Our trays are made from a single sheet of birch wood. No joins, no cracks for food to stick in.
The wood is sourced from renewable Scandinavian forests. Natural raw material that's replenished.
Our trays weigh 280 grams - featherlight!. Super strong and very light makes them practically perfect little serving tools!
As our mind turns to holidays and as the 100th edition of Le Tour kicks off, what better way to celebrate than the launch of our brand new Map of France!
The Alpes, The Pyrenees, a Mediterranean coast, an Atlantic coast.
Volcanoes, gorges, the calanques of Cassis, the Mont St Michel.
Castles, cathedrals, thousands of wines, hundreds of cheeses.
Ancient cities, modern bridges, sunflowers, truffles, then mustard and mussels.
Holidays of every kind, gourmet food at every turn and we haven't yet mentioned the City of Light!
We wanted to celebrate France in all it's glory, and our map is a pictorial tribute.
Each region has it's specialty and we've chosen an icon for each to guide you around!
White coffee please for me - first thing for breakfast and then black tea all day long. I kind of need it to keep me awake and also to take some breaks away from my computer. I spend far too much time working on Illustrator theses days and my eyes are becoming red and square! My favourite is Earl Grey French Blue from Mariage Frère and the good old tisane (herbal tea) in the evening. What's your favourite?
As you can imagine our kitchen cupboard has all the Famille Summerbelle mugs. Mostly all of our samples, not the best looking ones but we keep the nice mugs for you in the studio in London! Just for the story, all our mugs are fine bone China and are made and printed in the Potteries in the UK.
Enjoy your drink! Boom le Clown mug
Photo of the Golden Gate I took when we were there 5 years ago! It's been such a long time...I am so longing to visit this beautiful place soon...
On the right photo from Antiquation Admiration on Flickr.
Back in March I went to Bath for the day to document the printing process of our World map print. The design is hand screen printed in 2 colours using one silk screen per colour. Duncan, the printer mixes each colour by hand, referring to a Pantone reference. Screen printing is an incredibly skilled job and so inspiring to watch - although on that day it was so cold in the workshop that I had to go for a walk to warm up...I really don't know how those guys do it over winter in their unheated warehouse!
Turquoise colour mixed for the job. It is then stored on the shelf for use later.
The first colour run is printed and dried on the racks for a few hours before the second colour is applied.
I am delighted to share with you images of one of my favourite blog & online shop Mokkasin owned by Sofia, a Swedish mum of 4 beautiful children. She is also an amazing photographer and stylist. I love her blog where she shares snapshots of her creative girls making things around the large dining table, their family trip to Paris or simply showing views of her sublime cosy home...
The Princess and the Pea with paper pompom styled by Sofia!
Her children pulling faces in Bonton Photo Booth... check out our Paris canvas bag to carry all of the family belongings!
Mokkasin is a stockist in Sweden of Famille Summerbelle products and it is such a pleasure to have our prints, mugs and trays so beautifully styled by Sofia!
We are so happy to have Ludo Le Lapin screenprint featured in the latest Elle Deco UK Shopping page 'Buy of the Month'. The colourful rabbit print can be a fun feature to add to your Easter decoration!
Just a note to apologies for being so inconsistent posting on the blog at the moment! I have been traveling back an forth to the UK recently and I am also working on a large scale map featuring the South of Paris to be permanently displayed on the floor of a builing. It's a very exciting project but I cannot say more at the moment. As soon as I can i'll post some images!
Hi! Bonjour! We are back to our cosy studio after 5 days exhibiting our collection at Maison et Objet in the north of Paris. For a lot of people it has been rather difficult to get to the show as the airport closed down for a few hours, flights and trains were delayed due to the heavy snowfall. But despite the bad weather, we had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new people.
This time we had a corner stand (they are highly sought after!) and we were surrounded by fantastic companies such as Engel , Oeuf be Good, Laurette and Anne-Claire Petit.
These are a few snapshots from our stand that I took with my phone so I apologise for the poor quality of the photos!
We presented our new mug and tray from the collection Un Dimanche à Paris. The new products will be available on our website next week. Also on display are our new tray and mug from Morning in Manhattan collection and the book from Edition PaumesBe Creative with Famille Summerbelle. Our tea towels and cushions are nicely packed in this new brown card and white triangles packaging.
I made 2 wooden swings with bright neon pink strings to hold our promotional cards. Behind are hanging the colourful paper honeycombs by our Dutch neighbour Engel.
Over the next few days I will pull together photos to show you my favourite brands and products I spotted at the show.
This week we are setting up our stand at Maison et Objet trade show in the north of Paris. We are very excited to go back as exhibitors for the second time around (our first show there was back in September). We have a bigger, corner stand (hurray!) so if you visit the show, come say hello!
Apologies for not posting much while the show is on. I'll be back very soon...
"He adored New York City. He idolised it all out of proportion….no, make that: he - he romanticised it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin"
Woody Allen, Manhattan 1979
I seem to always drift back to Woody Allen when I'm thinking about New York City and the start of the movie Manhattan is just about the best tribute to this beautiful city!
Today we launch our new collection Morning in Manhattan, a very own homage to brownstone buildings, wrought iron fire escapes, rooftop water towers, bustling streets and an unforgettable skyline.
We are so happy to show you our latest photos from our new collection The Performers. We have teamed up with the hugely talented stylist/photographer Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La. She had carte blanche to shoot our collection. We were blown away by all her images. Merci Aurélie!