Meet Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel, Co-founders of Thornback & Peel, whose eclectic range of homeware, kitchenware, fabric and accessories are handmade in London.
Meet Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel, founders of Thornback & Peel, whose eclectic range of homeware, kitchenware, fabric and accessories are handmade in London.
We were introduced by a very clever friend who sensed that we shared a fascination for the eccentric and surreal. Delia (Peel) was working as a set designer at the Royal Court and Juliet (Thornback) as a florist, but at the time we met we were both looking to create a business by making something ourselves. We had a really strong, shared aesthetic and complementary skill sets and there's always been a great energy between us - if one of us is a bit tired the other will support them. It's a shared responsibility.
Sources of inspiration for us include everything from Mrs Beeton's household management, 17th century microscope imagery of the natural world to Alice in Wonderland. We also look back to stories and songs we loved as children and tell our own children today.
That's the great thing about being in a partnership - one of us will always have an idea. We find getting out of the studio really helps too - we're based in central London, a stone's throw from The British Museum and all the major galleries, so it's easy to immerse ourselves in some incredible art and culture. That, and a strong cup of tea helps!
Nothing can prepare you for the rollercoaster of running a small creative business. But there is no way we could have got where we are today without the support of our fantastic team who have been with us pretty much from the outset.
Delia: I walk home, which really helps to clear my head. It means I arrive home ready to deal with family life.
Juliet: A glass of red wine.
New cushions and tea towels provide an instant burst of colour in the home, and are a very easy way to freshen up your interior.
Getting enough sleep to keep everything in perspective. And knowing we're still great friends after 10 years in business together.
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