Classic String shelving displays a personal selection by Ken Stradling of pieces from his collection.
Pilot Boat by Sam Smith. Sam is one of Ken’s favourite makers and a number of his witty pieces form part of a light-hearted thread within the collection.
Lustre vases by Edmund Elton from the early 1900s. Lord Elton’s Sunflower Pottery was at Clevedon Court near Bristol. He was a very successful art potter in the late 19th and early 20th century. The crackle lustre glazes are one of his finest creations. The lidded piece on the right was one of the first pieces that Ken ever bought.
James Dyson’s prototype vacuum cleaner – 500 were made by Zanussi and retailed by Kleneze. The design was revised and successfully sold to a Japanese manufacturer – the V&A have just acquired one of those. Dyson made enough money to set up on his own and the rest is history as they say.
Furniture in the collection includes pieces by many major figures of the 20th century including Gio Ponti, Ernest Race, Marcel Breuer and Gordon Russell.