The Urban Guide to the Countryside

Wouldn’t you though?

4 Apr 2016


I have a particular aversion to clutter. I can’t bear it, and as a result my stuff is jammed into cupboards or unceremoniously chucked out. So I’m naturally drawn to these beautiful pieces from The Basket Room. Groovy, aren’t they? And oh so practical. I could fill these babies with all sorts.

The Basket Room has a very cool range of ethical baskets in loads of styles and stunning colours (all available from their online shop). Owners Holly Dutton and Camilla Sutton (pictured below) work with small craft collectives in Africa to create the beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets. Both fashion graduates, who became disillusioned with the industry, they came together six years later after spotting a gap in the market. They now split the work of importing and selling these funky baskets between the bases of Nairobi, London and Oxford.

The baskets currently come from Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Swaziland. In times of drought, the women in these farming communities turn to weaving in order to make an additional income. The Basket Room helps to support these weavers and preserve this age old tradition.


I’m having storage fantasies right now. All my cosmetics stylishly stored, instead of scattered among the crumbs of eyeshadow in my bathroom draw. Those nerf gun bullets my eldest seems to leave lying all over the house (and garden) can be picked up and handily stored in one of these. I could kill my indoor plants in style. Finally take a bag to the beach that isn’t one of those oversized blue Ikea ones (I know *sigh*). I’m in interiors esctasy here.


Prices range from as little as £3.50 for mini baskets up to £59 for extra large baskets (30cm x 26cm). As well as baskets, hot on the trend forecast that the textile bag is making a comeback, the girls have expanded their bag collection for SS16 with a new range of sisal and wool shoppers, each one hand-woven and in a funky range of colours and designs. Prices start at £60 for a large Shopper.


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