The ride you can hide

Folding up man’s most ingenious invention.

dahon at design school

This is my unassuming little DAHON, a Classic 3, a model that in its time changed the method by which folding bikes were made, and the manner in which we got from A to B. Dahon folders are bicycles that in addition to all the characteristics you expect from a regular bicycle, collapse for handy storage and portability in seconds, small enough to take on a bus or train, or fit under the stairs…

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WW1 Vintage Street

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As part of the World War 1 commemorative events, Ashbourne in Derbyshire held a Vintage Street Market in the Market Place on Sunday. It was a beautifully warm sunny day and the town was thronging with people taking the opportunity to mark the 100 years since the start of the First World War whilst enjoying the lovely weather. 

We took along our retro stall which this week was stacked high with furniture, kitchenalia, eclectic and kitsch novelties. It was a lively day and had a real buzz about it. The market hosted live music, a vintage caravan cafe serving cream teas, ice cream bike, clothing, furniture, and bric-a-brac with many stall holders in WW1 period costume. A First World War Memorabilia Exhibition was held in the Town Hall, that culminated in a recreation of the Declaration of War from the balcony of the Town Hall, followed by a parade by the Silver Band and Ex Servicemen marching to the Church. Continue reading

Peak District Adventures

rivendale bell tent

We have been out having adventures in our new bell tent in the Peak District, as we wanted to take the tent on ‘test drive’ for our first time out…

We settled on Rivendale, a campsite that sits on a hillside overlooking Eaton and Alsop Dales. This site offers something for everyone offering pitches for campers, as well as timber yurts and glamping pods. We were looking for something a bit more ‘back to nature’ and for our no frills escapade, we were treated to having the magical experience of pitching in their 10 acre meadow amongst the leafy orchards and wildflowers. Continue reading

Our Wooden Serving Boards make a welcome gift…

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Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK by Designer Maker Darren Browett these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading

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Show and Tell…

We recently visited Show & Tell, the Art and Design Show at Staffordshire University, – which celebrates the work of graduating students. We were impressed with the high standard of work in the exhibition, inparticular the University’s Graphic Design degree that reflects the diverse nature of contemporary visual communication. This course has a unique emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft, producing highly versatile and original practitioners.


This ethos spectacularly captured in this well crafted piece by Hakim Mahamdallie.

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Take five…


Here at Treacle Towers our thoughts are beginning to turn to holidays and a chance to take some time exploring the countryside. We’ve been searching around looking at all the lovely things around that are there to make camping great whatever the weather.

Our first need was to find a tent that was not only practical but beautiful too, so we searched online, visited a myriad of camping shops and out of a sea of blue and green nylon a clear winner emerged.

The wonderful SoulPad.

A symphony of comfort and design, a classic bell tent in canvas and cotton it stands hand and shoulders (literally) above the nylon nasties that litter the horizon. The SoulPad bods seem not only to have a strong ethical ethos but a naughty but nice sense of the absurd, as the definition on of the term on their website suggest.


And in the click of a mouse and the blink of an eye we were proud owner of a SoulPad 4000-hybrid, and before we knew it the SoulPad was up and we were inside watching the shadows of the leaves dancing on the canvas. And even when the English summer took a damper turn and the rain beat down on the canvas we stayed snug and dry inside.

So if you want to own a tent that will be both practical and a wonder to behold hoof it over to SoulPad’s shop and see what all the fuss is about.


Find us on Twitter and Pinterest

We’re always trying to find new ways to stay connected with our readers, and in order to keep up we’re now on both Pinterest and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter @brimstreacle or find our latest Tweets in the sidebar of this blog…We’ve just begun with both these social media platforms, but we hope that they are both a humanising and personalizing experience and we’re excited to see what you guys are up to and share what’s going on around here at Brimstones & Treacle with you.

Not wanting to miss the boat we’ve dived into the fastest growing social media network, Pinterest, The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” We think it’s a great way to curate and share things we love from sites enabling us to create and manage inspirational theme-based image collections.

We consider it offers a more design-orientated take on image curation that is the perfect way to gather quick ideas when you’re working on a particular project. It is so simple to use and we appreciate that.  By clicking a single button and Pinterest cleverly finds all the pictures on the web page and then all we have to do it click on the picture we like it’s added to your personal board in a few seconds.

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We are intrigued by the trend towards more visual communication, so we invite you to start following us as we would love to find what interests you, and If you’re on Pinterest, we’d love you repin our images to your boards to spread the inspiration. Stay tuned for more great images to help evoke the essence of Brimstones &Treacle in the months to come!

Know your Limitations

John Clappison

“Today, as design becomes increasingly concerned with competitiveness and quality of life, innovation must again facilitate a creative response to change. John Clappison’s team at Hornsea in the 1960s churned out winning designs year on year, developing and colluding craft techniques, to a classic standard with a trend awareness and clear passion for the market”.

Wayne Hemingway at the 2002 Ceramic Forum, as reported by Marcus Holmes for the Ceramic Review, June 2002.

Although not as familiar as many of his ‘name’ contemporaries, to us John Clappison was the most prolific and innovative designer at the forefront of British pottery, and his work was highly reminiscent of the most advanced in studio ceramics. Throughout his career Clappison wanted to improve the quality of design for the mass market, and at Hornsea Pottery he created some of the most popular ranges available in the UK from the 1950s through to the 80s. Working in the Yorkshire coastal town of Hornsea, whilst the mainstream pottery industry was firmly centred on Stoke-on-Trent, helped him to develop a unique response to contemporary design. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Habitat; the story of a little brown teapot.

Artist James Joyce created the 50th birthday logoIn case you’ve missed it in the news Habitat celebrated its 50th birthday this May and commissioned artist James Joyce to create this 50th birthday logo. For those of us born in the 1960s Habitat was the store that changed the way we wanted to live. Their designs represented the new and exciting, clean yet exotic and oh so very different from the homes we had grown up in. From the chicken brick to the ‘Continental’ quilt, the paper moon lampshade to the garlic press we all yearned to live surrounded by these simple and well designed objects. Continue reading