Enamelware is having something of a revival in interiors this year. We find out where to buy the best.

From the original white Falconware of the Twenties with its smart blue rim, to new splatter-glaze designs and bold hues giving a modern twist on the traditional style, there is much to inspire. From kitchens to bathrooms, it has become the material of choice; versatile as it is practical - sinks, tableware and home accessories have all had the enamel treatment – here are some of our favourite pieces from around the web.

Falcon


Falcon may be the image your mind conjures up when you think of enamelware, and the ice white and blue rim has changed little since the 1920s. Yet, alongside the classic designs of hardwearing mugs and plates that feel like they’ve wandered out of an Enid Blyton camping trip, there are new exciting colours, from a volcanic orange to a thoroughly British racing green. The original and still the best.

Hay


A modern take on the traditional enamelware look, Hay has added a distinctive speckled design on a contrast background to a range of plates, serving dishes and accessories. All hand-finished, the beautiful collection includes cerulean blues, ochre yellows and deep russet reds. If you’re looking for a more subtle look, the range comes in muted neutrals too.

Emma Bridgewater


Emma Bridgewater’s best-selling ‘Black Toast’ typography design has been emblazoned on a new range of enamel cookware. There’s everything a proper Sunday lunch needs, from a roasting tin to a ‘crumble’ dish and even dedicated ‘gravy’ and ‘custard’ jugs. The graphic black-and-white design is charming and looks beautiful layered up with some of Emma’s seasonal ceramics, from pumpkins to pheasants.

Hurn & Hurn


Hurn & Hurn is a great site to ‘discover the unusual’ – stocking a quirky A-Z list of homeware brands, from British classics to iconic Scandi names. There are a number of fun enamel pieces to choose from, beautiful graphic enamel print butter dishes and bread bins with wooden lids, perfect for any retro-lover’s kitchen, as well as great storage pots and gift ideas too.

Dyke & Dean


Enamel has made its way out of the kitchen and into the bathroom with a trend for enamel sinks this season. Forget the school loos, these retro sinks from Dyke & Dean are timeless design at its best. Perfect for kids’ bathrooms, do try teaming them with retro chrome taps, or opt for a modern update with matte black for practical, nostalgic cool.

Toast


Toast’s online homeware catalogue is filled with artisan British designs, all created from beautiful hard-wearing materials. Whether it’s natural-dye linen napkins, stoneware ceramics or wooden vessels, there is a timeless design quality to them that is Toast’s signature. These blue and white marble-effect, enamel baking dishes are a modern twist on the classic Falcon design; a stunning back-drop to slow-roast winter recipes this season.

Selency


Selency, the French vintage marketplace returned 1900 enamel products when we searched its treasure-trove of a site. Those returns included authentic signage with vintage typography to retro kitchenalia and pendant lighting. If you are looking for the real deal with authentic age and patina, this is a great place to delve for well-priced French antiques.

Daylesford


Daylesford’s Scout enamel range in purist white is made using forged steel that is porcelain-dipped and double-fired for strength and durability. The elegant shapes, with their exaggerated lipped rim, are eminently practical, being ovenproof and dishwasher safe, making them great for family life. They are smart enough to serve straight from oven to table too – ideal for winter kitchen suppers.

Garden Trading


Garden Trading has a new range of enamelware, including a stove kettle that would look as perfectly at home on a campfire as it would atop a cosy Aga. There’s pendant lights too, as well as all the pots and pans you could wish for in a range of bold and traditional colourways.

Wild and Wolf


Wild and Wolf is a great destination site for design-led gifts in the run up to Christmas. Its enamel offering includes a smart Ted Baker shaving kit, with enamel dish; an Orla Kiely range of retro-printed designs and whimsical folkloric print mugs that are crying out for hot chocolate around a bonfire this November 5th.

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