Today I wanted to feature another collection that I discovered thanks to Home London. Willow Love Story is a brilliant tableware collection designed by Dinah Body for LOVERAMICS. Taking inspiration from the 200 year old willow pattern that depicts a romantic fable, Body gives it a modern interpretation to create a new collection that is both contemporary and fresh.
The original willow pattern was first introduced in the late 18th century when Chinese tableware became popular in Europe. Over the years, many designers worked with this pattern that depicted the wonderful tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers. According to the story, a wealthy Mandarin’s daughter falls for her father’s accounting assistant but the pair cannot be together as they come from different social classes. In an attempt to keep the couple apart, the Mandarin fired the assistant and built the fence to separate them. In the meantime, a powerful Duke arrives with a chest of jewels and wishes to marry the girl. In an attempt to stop the marriage the young accounting assistant sneaked into the Mandarin’s palace on the eve of the wedding, stole the jewels and escaped with the girl in the Duke’s boat. On discovering this, the Duke ordered the two to be put to death. However, moved by their plight, the Gods transformed the lovers into a pair of doves so that they could be together for eternity.
I not only like the story but I’m really keen on Body’s interpretation of it. What do you guys think? Are you fans of this collection too?