The picturesque village of Hampstead in North West London—a former spa town and once home to Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, and Walter Gropius—celebrates as one of its own, Karen Whiteley, who moves her ceramics shop Maud & Mabel from market stall to a shopfront around the corner. The former yoga teacher and set stylist credits her “pared back aesthetic” to her boarding school education and seeks out work from over 40 like-minded pioneering artists and makers from the UK, Scandinavia, Italy, and Japan. If you’re in the neighborhood, a visit is well worth the trip. And if not, Maud & Mabel’s international customers make regular purchases through her online shop.
Photography by Liz Seabrook, courtesy of Maud & Mabel.
Above: Maud & Mabel owner, Karen Whiteley, outside her new shop at 10 Perrins Court, Hampstead, London.
Above: A display of wood and ceramics illustrates the minimal and pared back aesthetic of Maud & Mabel.
Above L: Ceramics are displayed on shelving inspired by Japanese Tansus. Above R: Maud & Mabel carries a few items of clothing, which fit into the minimal aesthetic. The Wood Cutting Boards are by John Tildesley; from £40.
Above: Mugs by Stuart Carey have been glazed with a soft color palette; £45 each.
Above: An assortment of cylindrical vases by Mizuyo Yamashita; from £65.
Above: A set of five Wood Trays stack within each other when not in use; £170.
Above: At Maud & Mabel, the goods fall into five categories; ceramic, cloth, wood, utility, and paper.
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