Sunday, Sunday : The House, The Garden, The Design.
Last Sunday Darren, Beau and I drove down to Trereife House near Penzance, the sun was out and we were waiting to be inspired.The Cornwall Design Fair had been taking place at Trereife for a few days 17-19 August, but we waited for all the rain and gales to pass and on Sunday, the final day, out came all the sunshine and gorgeousness of a perfect Cornish summer afternoon. Happy days…
Every year I see the Cornwall Design Fair advertised, and every year it seems to be pass me by, this year I was determined not to miss it and so we made plans and by lunchtime off we went to Penzance.
Trereife House is as good as it looks in all the pictures and film clips I have ever seen, a romantic and dreamy looking house set in the greenest and neatest of gardens. As we walked up the drive towards the house we were greeted with enticing foodie smells, the thump’di’dum’dum of a groovy little skiffle band and the inviting arrangement of mini marquees dotted about the garden. This all sounds very twee, but on this sunny Sunday, somehow it wasn’t?
Darren and I were taking it all in, I was feeling pretty smug with myself, thinking I’m so glad we made the drive down here today, but I had the usual nagging doubt that comes with attending events in Cornwall that advertise themselves with the word ‘Design’ in their title….is the design here going to live up to this wonderful setting, if we walk into one of those perfectly inviting marquees and see the usual suspects (you know what I mean) then this will be another day that we drive home scratching our heads.
I’m not going to ramble on now, all I’ll say is that, yes the design and design-makers at Trereife were definitely worth the drive down the A30 for and the six quid paid on the gate to get in. When Beau, our 7 week old baby, needed a feed mid afternoon and then a nappy change (we improvised with a spare stack of upside down tables behind one of the marquees, a hard surface to work on but the perfect height!) it was still absolutely worth it.
So much talent but my favourites of the day were; Brett Payne - Hot forged candlesticks, Natalie Bonney - Handthrown stoneware pottery, Emma McCullough, recent UCF graduate - Turned wooden furniture with flashes of acrylic, Green & Blue - Product design, Kitshattic - Bespoke nightshades.