In these just-launched Orla Kiely kitchenware!
I squealed with delight when this bit of news popped into my inbox last week...
"With colour and pattern being the cornerstones of my world, our new kitchenware collection reflects this perfectly. I am always inspired by classic Scandinavian design and all things mid-century. I love the idea of reviving all over pattern on everyday objects such as casserole and butter dishes. With dark wood details and colour pops, the collection has been designed to be left out on show and not hidden away in cupboards." - Orla Kiely
...but my excitement waned when I thought of the cost of sending heavy stoneware from the UK to Sydney. And breakage. Which is why, I guess, those of us living outside of the UK can't even mail-order them from the website. Bah.
An Orla Kiely story:
One wet day sometime ago, I was standing outside the Fringe Bar Markets in Paddington in my Orla Kiely gumboots waiting for a pal. A girl walked by, pointed to my boots and exclaimed in an English accent, "You're a fan!" I looked at her bag and replied in my Singlish accent, "You're a fan too!" We laughed and she said, "I'm a fan who's lucky enough to be working for her." Damn! Lucky girl indeed!
She was here on a holiday and we started chatting about shopping in Sydney and how hard it is for us to buy Orla Kiely goods here. She revealed (and I squealed) that the company was looking into finding suitable stockists in Australia and maybe even opening a shop! But that was a couple of years ago now. Maybe they've shelved the plan. Sucks for us living Down Under. My food really needs that bit of Multi Stem print boost!