Natalie Melton

Natalie Melton is co-founder and Managing Director of The New Craftsmen. Founded three years ago, the company has moved from Mayfair pop-up to fully fledged craft emporium, known for its highly selective and distinctive choice of work, and for championing the very highest levels of British craft talent in the UK and overseas.

Operating from an Arts & Crafts building in Mayfair, the company now represents in excess of 100 makers, across furniture, lighting, textiles, tableware, gifts, jewellery and more. It has build up a cult following within a fashionable clientele and helped launch the careers of a number of talented young makers emerging form the UK's best design schools.

As well as visiting the website, The New Craftsmen is encouraging fans to to sign up to its newsletter, which, every week, profiles a master craftsperson's process and work in fascinating detail, as well as offering secret sales and event invitations too.

The Modern House - If you are an interior and architecture obsessive - as I inevitably am - then this website is pure heaven. A niche estate agent for 20th and 21st century architecture, then the website is always great for inspiration and dreaming about my ideal home. It's the first place I would look when I am ready to buy a new home.

FarFetch - The concept of this website is brilliant - a global platform for the very best fashion boutiques. Edgier than Net-a-Porter - and one of the UK's great online growth stories, it just keeps growing and expanding without losing the strong curation. I admire the vision and ambition of the founder.

Freude von Freuden - This is the website I go to when I need a unique perspective on interior design - they show a great selection of inspiring people and the spaces they work and live in. Their ethos is completely in line with our own, celebrating the amazing diversity of talent in the creative industries and presenting "a multifaceted personal perspective" of homes and urban living. They also have an amazing archive of craft pieces in their editorial section which I highly recommend.

Fast Company - The best resource online for original business thinking and entrepreneurship. It's a great site to browse when I am thinking round a challenge or problem as it has such an interesting and esteemed diversity of perspectives.

i-escape - For dreaming of holidays! For me i-escape is my most trusted source of inspiration for holiday destinations and accommodation. It's so well researched and thoroughly documented and its scoring system and pros and cons always ring true.

Artsy - The personalisation of this website and app is second to none- it effectively allows you to curate and grow a selection of art and design and follow the artists, galleries and fairs that you are interested in. The user experience is fantastic.

The Daily Mail - An invaluable research tool that doubles up as a guilty pleasure! Whilst we would never disclose who they are, we are lucky enough to have a clientele that pops up on here quite regularly - so it's useful for keeping in touch with where they are and what they are doing.

Favourite App... Musical.ly - Technology moves so quickly and so seeing what the younger generation engage with is really fascinating. My youngest daughter is obsessed with this app - essentially a video karaoke tool, that allows you to lip sync and record yourself to a plethora of songs. Whenever I am travelling I love watching her funny little films on this app.

July 2016
2013