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MEET: Snug Interiors by Anna Stassen of www.sakurajewellery.com


Snug Interiors is run by duo Hannah Shaw and Sarah Kennedy, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. Hannah and Sarah print their own fabrics, use vintage materials and love to mix their traditional British aesthetic with quirky prints and typography.


Please tell us about yourself and how you got started? Sarah: Hannah and I studied together at Uni and after graduation we both moved down to London for work experience and to freelance. Hannah had the idea of starting a Homewares collection.


Hannah: We began on a very small scale producing just the Tennis Racket Mirrors (see p62) and the Coronation mug candles and selling them through the very cool and


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fun 'Drink, Shop & Do' which is in London. They have such a great setup where you can do pretty much everything that the name suggests. I asked Sarah to help me design a logo and then a couple of prints and we went from there.


What is the story and ethos behind Snug Interiors? It started as a passion to share the things we both find interesting and also a way to use some of the beautiful things we find at flea markets and antiques fairs. The brand is really about creating 'really nice stuff' for your home and a reaction against fast throw away design.


Do you have any formal training/ experience which applies to what you do? Hannah: We both studied Fashion


but Sarah's was Fashion with Textiles and mine was Design, so we both have different strengths and bring something different to the table.


Your products have a vintage "proud to be British" feel to them; what do you feel accounts for this? Hannah: Well I’m definitely a bit of a magpie and have always enjoyed searching through old junk shops for unusual, quirky finds so it seems only natural that Snug would embody this element.


Sarah: Yes, Hannah is a true Magpie! As I live in London and Hannah in Newcastle, we have plenty of weekends in the North and South hunting around for finds. Also most of our ideas have been created over a cup of tea which you can tell in a lot of our prints!


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