For me, it was love at first sight. The moment I laid my eyes on a Sophie Conran casserole pot at John Lewis, I knew I had to have it. I loved its round and compact shape, and I loved even more the elegant and wavy ridges, somewhat reminiscent of fragile Japanese porcelain but with a distinct nod to handmade English pottery. Nevermind that I was in London for only 12 hours for a series of back-to-back meetings and, therefore, shouldn’t have even been anywhere near Oxford Street, but kitchenware has always been my travel souvenir of choice, and I was determined to lug this casserole pot back to Zurich with me.
And so began my love affair with the Sophie Conran tableware collection, a hobby which was made more special by the fact that the range has never been available in Switzerland. Each trip I made to London always saw me return with an armful of fragile bowls and dishes, and this cross-border ferrying of kitchenware continued when I worked in the US for a few years. My collection slowly grew to include varying sizes of platters, salad bowls, mixing bowls and jugs, until one lucky day, my husband bluntly suggested that we just buy the whole range and have it delivered to Zurich. He was either giving in to my obsession or he was simply fed up with carrying so much hand luggage on our travels, or both. More than 5 years later, I still survey my Sophie Conran collection in awe and wonder like when I first saw them at John Lewis.
The white range of tableware is not only practical in that it will co-ordinate nicely with other colours and patterns you might already have, but they are also hard-wearing and long-lasting. We use them for everyday eating, as well as for more formal occasions; their classic design add a special touch to casual meals and they transition seamlessly to more elegant dinners. The serving-ware is particularly useful in that they can go straight from the oven to the table – your food will never look better.
You probably would have noticed some of Sophie Conran’s products on my blog as they have featured in a lot of my photos over the years. It is a brand which I personally know and love, so you can imagine my delight when Sophie Conran contacted me to make a special offer for readers of ELB …
Sophie Conran recently launched her own online shop where you can purchase her entire collection of tableware, as well as her exquisite range of glassware, pots and pans, and other household items.
As a special promotion for all readers of eat, little bird, Sophie Conran is offering a 10% discount off all of her products purchased through her online shop! Simply enter the code eatlittlebird10 at the checkout to receive your special discount. This offer is valid until 1 June 2014 and is open to anyone worldwide.
Treat yourself and someone you love to some beautiful kitchenware!
P.S. Could Santa please bring me something (or everything!) from the Christmas range?