Above: Marble (Swirl) Collection
There has been a real resurgence of enamelware over the last couple of years, coinciding with the overused, overbaked trend in 'outdoorsiness' i.e. take one enamelware plate or mug, slap on line drawing of campfire, done, so outdoorsy right now! *eyeroll*
Well, enamelware, I think you may have just been saved from your faux 'adventurous' death, by the mighty ladies of Bornn!
Istanbul based sisters, Okyu Thurston and Basak Onay, created Bornn in 2014 utilising their interior and fashion design backgrounds and fuelled with a deep passion and fascination for the Turkish history of enamelware. The sisters wanted to inject a more contemporary influence into this traditional material. The result is unique, well-designed pieces that are hand produced in a traditional process, putting this material back in the spotlight in the community of it's origin.
I actually discovered Bornn in one of my favourite local independent design stores in Bath called Found, where I spent what felt like hours getting giddy over their Drip collection, who alongside Smug, in London appear to be the only stockists of this particular collection in the UK.
Above: Drip Collection
Bornn's current range of enamelware includes; Marble: a line inspired by the ancient marbling technique known as 'Ebru' used in Anatolia for centuries. Drip: a striking monochromatic collection, with an almost Japanese feel Basics: a more classic range in simple lines with pops of colour Sunny Side Up: a patterned whimsical range with hints of humour Ombre: a colour fade collection of teapots, canisters and mugs and Bloom: their brand new collection of a curated colour palette of mix and match.
Above: Bornn's newest collection Bloom
Bornn Enamelware is definitely hard to come by, especially here in the UK, but I think this makes the brand even more alluring!
Enamelware is a widely used, age-old material. It is incredibly tough and durable, with strong colour hold due to its manufacturing process, dishwasher and oven safe - good quality enamelware can also be use on gas and electric hobs up to temps of 270 degrees! With new exciting designers getting their creative hands on this fantastic material the future is bright for enamelware especially for commercial use.