My mum was a proponent of the Japanese idea that inanimate objects are our equals. She once apologised to her chocolate digestive after it slipped from her fingers to the floor. “Sorry biscuit”, she exclaimed with genuine regret.Read More
You might not think that a decanter is a necessary piece of equipment, or that it's important to drink from a particular shaped wine glass to appreciate Burgundy. But then perhaps you are not familiar with Von Poschinger glassware. The timeless beauty and exquisite craftsmanship of these pieces will make you believe that they are essential to your way of life.Read More
Spiero sources high quality homewares from Germany. We deal solely in German products, not just because they are beautifully designed and expertly made. There’s another reason.Read More
When I tell people that Spiero is dedicated to German design they can look a bit bewildered.
We all know about the cool minimalism of Swedish design and the chic cosiness of Danish Hygge, but German?
Of course, what is often forgotten is the Bauhaus.Read More
I love stumbling upon obscure exhibitions in quiet corners of cities. Recently in London I found a display of household objects at The German Historical Institute (which is worth a visit for the staircase alone).
The show was called “Things we keep” and was the result of a Kings College project which asked German expats to reveal the treasured possessions they had brought with them to England.Read More
Contrary to what you might think, “Made in Germany” is not simply a German conceit. In fact it was a British invention.Read More
Is it possible that Luca got everything right?
The pistachio leather banquette. The blush pink plaster walls. The marble counter. The pleated lamp shades. The brass and wrought iron. The linen.
This decor isn't cutting edge but it is thrilling in its attention to detail. It is the embodiment of Luxe calme et volupté -a line from a Baudelaire poem which translates as luxury, peace and pleasure. And that is exactly what Luca delivers.Read More
How wonderful to leave the confines of my own preconceptions and be surprised by a town. This weekend I visited a playboy mansion in the Hollywood Hills. Except I never left Brussels.Read More
It’s one thing to love the beauty and delicacy of antique tableware but it’s quite another to wash everything by hand and live in fear of breaking the irreplaceable. But what if you could have dishwasher safe products hand finished to an antique design? Enter Onion Pattern porcelain.Read More
Sometimes your home just needs a little lift. This is especially true in January when all the Christmas lights and sparkles have been put away. It can suddenly seem very bare. The simple antidote to this is flowers and candles.Read More
It’s that time of year again when you reach for the decorations and remember (too late) that last Christmas you had vowed to renew the stock. But now all you have are some blue glitter baubles and neon fairy lights (which seemed like a good idea at the time).Read More
Spiero was created in homage to my great aunt Ella Spiero who imported my German family to England.Read More
You would never find Wald Marzipan if you weren’t looking for it. Or perhaps the point is that you stumble across it when you’re least expecting it. Nestled down a quiet residential street in a leafy corner of Berlin, Wald’s shop is discreet but a peek inside and the sugar pink candy stripes give the game away.Read More
You may recognise this image from The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film by Wes Anderson. This film's designers deserve a book to be written about them, never mind a blog. Any film that requires a set design for a 19th century cake emporium as well as a 1960s hotel lobby is extraordinary by any standards. The fact that the finished designs look like they do is breathtaking.Read More
Remember when liquid soap happened?
It was the early 90s and everyone got excited about shower gel and hand wash. Sainsbury's started making flavours like 'Kumquat & Rosemary' and 'Seakelp & Lavender'- each one a different jewel colour. One summer my mum bought the whole range and we took it on holiday to Spain. It was a heady, decadent time.Read More
They have been blowing glass in the Thuringian forest town of Lausha for 400 years. The first glassworks were established here in 1597 by decree of Johan Casimir of Saxe Coburg (which is the kind of cool baby name Kim Kardashian could only dream of).Read More