Artist Rory Dobner introduces the exclusive Love collection.
A favourite in the Liberty Gift Room, Rory Dobner’s intricate illustrations are a must-have for any stylish home. With a repertoire including sculpture, print and home furnishings, his English-made artworks have garnered a global following. We chatted to Rory about his Valentine’s Days past and present ahead of his visit to Liberty on 13 February, where he will be signing purchases and introducing the exclusive Love collection.
Best Valentine’s Day:
Sitting on the beach as the sun came up after a fun night out with our feet in the sand.
Worst Valentine’s Day:
It was at an antiques market where I came across the most amazing chandelier which I wanted to buy for my wife so I was extremely pleased that I had: a) remembered Valentine’s Day b) actually come across something she would like. I was happy all the way on the bus to meet her at her favourite restaurant up to the point where I greeted her, and mid-cuddle realised I had left the aforementioned chandelier cosily on its own seat on the bus…
Best Valentine’s gift to receive:
Anything! If you get a Valentine’s gift think yourself very lucky!
Best Valentine’s gift you’ve given:
A personalised Intricate Ink Tile I wrote a VERY special secret message on. It’s now publicly on display on [my wife's] office wall.
Dream Valentine’s date location?
Underwater – preferably scuba diving in Mexico.
Favourite piece you’ve worked on:
Having the opportunity to hand paint (in the boiling hot sun under a holey umbrella) my cat monocle on a 20 foot wall at a hotel abroad.
Favourite character in your alphabet:
E for Extinct. I love my little dodo. I think we would have been pals if he was still around to hang out with on Valentine’s Day.
Top 3 inspirations:
My childrens’ imaginations, the Natural History Museum and any and every antiques market.
Why made in England?
I was made here so it made sense. I love England!
Shop Rory Dobner online . Visit us in-store in the Gift Room on the third floor Friday 13 February 12 – 7pm to have your purchases signed by Rory. Find out more
Meet Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine and shop his Liberty Christmas gift edit.
For the un-initiated, Pip McCormac is the vivacious Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine. Having been in the industry for over 10 years, Pip has become renowned for his lifestyle expertise.
We chat to Pip about home interiors, what’s on his Christmas list this year, and what would he do if he were trapped in Liberty overnight…
What was your first experience of Liberty?
It was 2004, I had just moved to London and, finally, got my first job in journalism. The office wasn’t too far from Liberty, and I remember wandering in, being awed by the wood panelling, the beauty of the place, and thinking “one day, I’m going to decorate my house like this”.
What is your favourite part of the store?
It’s hard to choose – I spend most time in the kitchen department, which I think is full of incredibly well-priced and well-edited products and gift ideas. But I have a soft spot for the Christmas department too – I get very excited when it opens in August each year. I know it’s early, but it always looks so good!
Now that we’re starting to head into the depths of winter, what are you top tips for refreshing an interior space?
I’ve brought out a lot more pillar candles, and set them individually on saucers. It makes them easy to move around, to create little cosy nooks wherever you happen to be sitting. There’s something very romantic about the flickering glow.
What’s trending this season in home interiors? E.g. colours, designs, brands.
I’m seeing a lot of pastels coming through, but not ice cream colours. Think pinks and blues with grey in them. In the toilets at Spring, the incredible new restaurant by Skye Gyngell at Somerset House, the floor is covered in parquet, but in the mens’ it is pastel blue ceramic parquet tiles, and in the womens’ it is pastel pink. Now all I want is ceramic parquet.
Is there anything on your Christmas list from Liberty this year?
So much! The Crystal Bulb pendant light by Lee Broom would be my dream gift, but I would be equally happy with the glass lemon squeezer/measuring jug in the kitchen department, or a jar of the Flowers of Liberty Seville Orange Marmalade.
What do you do when you need some interiors inspiration?
Genuinely, I pop into Liberty. There is always such an inspiring mix of homewares, and it makes for a very calming, very energising few minutes. My office now is about three minutes walk from Liberty, so the store has become my happy place.
Finally, if you were trapped in Liberty overnight, what would you do?
Head to the chocolate department and get stuck in.
If you loved hearing from Pip, browse his gifting edit entailing all his favourite Liberty products! Make sure you share with us your favourites on Twitter or Instagram @LibertyLondon.
We take a look at what’s been happening at Get Creative this week including Alex Monroe bespoke necklaces, jewellery engraving, personalised cutlery and letter pressing.
On the ground floor we have jewellery and fragrance engraving. Some customers took the liberty and bought special Liberty print charm bracelets, then had the silver engraved with names or personal messages.
We’ll be doing this all weekend at Liberty so if you have a loved one’s birthday coming up, or want to be extra organised for Christmas gifts this year before the rush, don’t hesitate to head in-store.
Neighbouring the engraving stand was jewellery hall favourite, Alex Monroe, where custmers could create their own charm necklace. You had the option of gold, silver or rose gold, plus a briolette gemstone and charms. One of our favourites is the popular bumble bee charm – so adorable!
Some of our customers took their Alex Monroe charm necklaces over to the engraving stand and gave it that extra personal touch. You’ll be able to do this too all week with any jewellery item over £80.
If you missed out on creating your bespoke necklace, take a look at our collection of beautiful Alex Monroe jewellery.
Over in Gifts, we had a visit from the stamping masters at The Cutlery Commission. They had many kinds of cutlery on offer for you to choose from and personalise with your own messages. There’s nothing like a little witty addition to your cutlery draw! These make fantastic gifts, so if you didn’t get a chance to pop in today, have a browse of our range from The Cutlery Commission.
We recommend you stop by the workers from Marby & Elm, they’re absolutely charming and will be in-store creating you personalised correspondence cards and note cards with their flatbed Adana letterpress until Saturday afternoon. The retro colours are enough to draw anyone’s eye, cheering up your mail in a unique and fun way.
After seeing all these fantastic creations, why not join us at Get Creative today, tomorrow or Sunday! See what time the workshops are and the other events that are happening in-store. Feel free to post what you’ve created over this weekend, don’t forget to add #GetCreative @LibertyLondon.
Discover the Hellebore Pomegranate kitchenware collection, a new range by Emma Bridgewater that’s exclusive to Liberty.
On Friday 26 September, Emma Bridgewater will be joining us in the Dining Room for a personal appearance and signing of her new Hellebore Purple Pomegranate collection.
For the chance to buy some of these stunning pieces signed by Emma herself, visit our store between 1-2pm in the Dining Room on 3rd Floor. Be sure to arrive early to avoid missing out on this exclusive opportunity.
Emma has specially created an exclusive new pattern for us: a beautifully warm Pomegranate design that’s perfect for adorning your dining room this autumn. Emma’s inspiration for this range came from time she spent in Istanbul, where the strong earthy colours of the fruit caught her eye.
‘When I came home, I went to the covered market in Oxford, bought some, sliced them and started to draw them. I longed to recreate that stunning glamour and colour.’ – Emma Bridgewater.
Following last year’s exclusive Liberty print Wallflower Emma Bridgewater collection, we’re very excited about this next collection!
Discover the Hellebore Purple Pomegranate collection online.
Everyone’s been thinking about alfresco dining ideas.
With the recent heatwave hitting the UK hard, it’s been difficult not to spend all our time outdoors. Our new Flowers of Liberty range of luxurious, English-made homeware and gifts has been sliding off the shelves quicker than you can say Mary Berry this week – and for good reason.
Covered in our stunning Theodora Liberty print, our collection of plates, placemats and table accessories is the only way to serve up summertime dishes when dining alfresco.
Be inspired for your own garden outdoor dining ideas and share your pictures with us @Liberty #FlowersOfLiberty.