StyleMarisa Docherty

Best of British: Part Two

StyleMarisa Docherty
Best of British: Part Two

We're taking another look at some more of the best British design talent in part two of our A-Z Brit List...

It’s part two of our A-Z Brits List and we’re looking at some of the UK’s most eclectic luxury brands. From Jimmie Martin to William Yeoard, vibrant colourways and antique inspired designs are at the forefront of modern British design. Part two of our Brit List favourites also features some prestigious award-winning designers including the queen of interiors, Kelly Hoppen OBE, Central Saint Martin’s alumni, Lee Broom and of course, the king of British design, Tom Dixon.

J is for Jimmie Martin

Established in 2004, Jimmie Martin breathes new life in to vintage antiques. Full of character, charisma and stylish chaos, Jimmie Martin represent the best in modern British interior. Founded by design due, Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar, the Jimmie Martin brand is stylishly sophisticated with a contemporary edginess. Located in Kensington, the brand is surrounded by a trendy urban playground of design. Notoriously innovative, Jimmie Martin develop exquisite pieces of furniture, art and homeware for a range of clients from Madonna to Royalty. Several British pop culture icons are featured in many Jimmie Martin designs, from Mick Jagger to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, Jimmie Martin push the boundaries of British interiors. Make a rebellious design statement with the up-cycled 54 Forever Jagger Armchair and shake up your interior in style.

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K is for Kelly Hoppen


Award-winning British designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, is known all over the world for her East Meets West design fusion. With over 40 years’ experience, Kelly Hoppen is a trailblazer of modern British design. With a relentless passion for interior design, Kelly is also in search of new British design talent with a spot as a judge on BBC Two’s “The Great Interior Design Challenge”.


Sharing her interior aesthetic with the world, the “Kelly Hoppen Look” is widely recognised and used by many people when embarking on a new interior project. A soft neutral colour palette combined with beautiful textures such as velvet and brass, are key elements in achieving the signature “Kelly Hoppen Look”. Consider introducing the Art Dining Chair with Tufted Leather Brass into your dining space for ultimate designer elegance.



L is for Lee Broom

Award-wining designer, Lee Broom combines signature style with British manufacturing to create prestigious collections and installations across the world. With a background in areas including fashion, theatre and of course, interiors, Lee draws inspiration from several different places and experiences. A former student of world-famous art and design college, Central Saint Martin’s, Lee Broom presents his dazzling collections every year at Milan, Paris and New York Design Week.

Sold in over 250 retail stores in 50 countries, Lee Broom is illuminating the world with his unique and charismatic designs. Step into the celestial wonderland of Lee Broom with the Eclipse range, inspired by the astronomical phenomena of the lunar eclipse, each piece in this collection eclipses light to create an astro-abstract work of art.



N is for Newgate Clocks

An iconic brand renowned for their vintage inspired designs, Newgate Clocks evoke a truly timeless British aesthetic. Founded by husband and wife duo, Jim & Chloe Read, Newgate Clocks are mounted on walls all over the world due to their eternally stylish appeal. Inspired by the couple’s background in antiques, Newgate Clocks combine vintage and modern design styles to create a unique sense of British heritage. From kitchen to dining room, hallway to home office, the iconic Mr Clarke Wall Clock Collection takes inspiration from traditional British Bauhaus design and can create a striking focal point in any room of the home.

Having created hundreds of iconic pieces, Newgate Clocks have earned their place as the leading British brand in the field. Continuing to craft innovative timepieces, Newgate Clocks are passionate about designing affordable and collectable pieces, all developed in their British design studio.


R is for RV Astley

A family business established in 1971, RV Astley is renowned for elegant style & timeless icons inspired by chic 20th century designs. From re-imagined antiques to European period pieces, RV Astley offer boutique-hotel style elegance at the highest degree. The brand’s use of glass and metal within their collections is often reminiscent of the Art Deco design era, giving each piece a touch of timeless glamour.

The sharp, angular designs of the Art Deco era suit the materials RV Astley commonly use and has inspired much of their furniture collections. Invite timeless British glamour into your home with the Art Deco inspired Aston 9 Light Chandelier from RV Astley, exuding elegance and luxury, this chandelier is a true showstopper.


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T is for Tom Dixon

Brining extraordinary to the everyday, Tom Dixon is a true icon of British design. Founded in 2002, the Tom Dixon brand started with lighting, before expanding into furniture and accessories after critical acclaim and international success. Iconic designs such as the Copper Ball, Beat and Lustre Shade have solidified the Tom Dixon brand as one of the most stylish and provocative brands in the industry.

Steeped in British heritage, Tom Dixon has transformed the British design scene with a plethora of futuristic creations. Light up your interior with the galactic inspired Melt Smoke Pendant by Tom Dixon. This fluid like, metallic black smoke light is a distorted orb like globe emitting a dreamy glow when lit.


W is for William Yeoward

Branded one of London’s leading creative forces, William Yeoward delivers sophisticated elegance with his unique “Modern British” designs. Founded in 1983 by the man himself, William Yeoward’s first store was located on King’s Road, showcasing antiques and commissioned pieces for multiple design projects. As the store flourished, William added lighting, crystal and upholstered furniture and the brand has enjoyed an enviable reputation ever since. With a colourful and playful approach to design, each piece is created with a unique vision and energised, passionate approach. Add some depth to your interior and make a statement this season with the Mariah Indigo Rug by William Yeoward. Expertly hand-crafted from lustrous wool yarns, this plush, inky blue rug is inspired by William’s world travels and is the perfect style statement for any home.


By Marisa Docherty