Jenny Duff

Studio Visit: Bright and Bold with Designer Jenny Duff

“I’ve always loved colour and how different palettes create different moods. I include a lot of vibrant colours into my design range, it’s a great way to add a visual splash to a table setting.”

Tableware designer Jenny Duff started her career as a photographer, and her current path only emerged when she tried to buy some table matts for her mum. Unable to find anything she liked, she rolled up her sleeves and designed her own. After sourcing a British manufacturer for her first fledgling collection, her work was snapped up by both Selfridges and The Conran Shop. Today her bright graphic prints, often inspired by signage and illustration, draw on influences around her in her sea-front Ramsgate home and Margate studio. We asked her to take us on a tour of her studio, and whether colour had always been at the forefront of her imagination…

Jenny Duff Country Fair collection

From the Country Fair collection, based on images from Country Fair magazine by artist John Hanna

Do you like bright colours and graphic prints at home too?

“My favourite items are my Matthew Hilton Balzac sofa, which I have re-covered in purple velvet and the Habitat Louis sofa, which I ordered in purple velvet too – they feel luxurious. Other areas in the house have small pops of colour, cushions, String lighting, prints and posters collected over many years. It feels like home and a fantastic place to spend my down-time.”

Tell us a bit about where you work

“My studio is in Margate Old Town and is furnished with retro pieces – I have a red topped Heal’s 1950s trolley table, a G-plan desk, an orange floor and chairs which I have painted and covered in Designers Guild turquoise fabrics.”

jenny duff studio

Do you surround yourself with images at work?

“I like to spend time looking at magazines and I follow people I find interesting on Twitter, not just home designers or bloggers, but also florists, graphic designers, publishers and galleries. This leads me to see so much exciting work. I like to pull ‘tear sheets’ from magazines and file them so that I can review them later. I have a row of IKEA picture shelves where I can change what’s on display, review new designs and see how collections fit together.”

jenny duff studio

Tell us a bit more about your home

“I love my home! The living room is quite large with the kitchen at one end, an Ercol dining table, which has hosted many a discussion-filled meal and the sitting area with the aforementioned sofas. My daughter always chooses to sit in the same spot at the dining table (it’s ‘her’ seat) and when I sat there this morning to eat my breakfast I saw why she always insists on it – you have a perfect view through the two large front windows of Ramsgate Royal Harbour. It was shortly after dawn and the sky was filled with ambers, oranges and blues – a perfect start to the day.”

Jenny Duff Ramsgate



Ros Anderson

About

Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.


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