Inspired by the architecture of 18th-century follies – the romantic, eccentric garden buildings which dotted the gardens of grander English houses – the Floral Follies Collection comprises three shapes, all functional and decorative.
The flower brick, embellished with Roman arches, has three rows of apertures, making it easy to display flowers for eye-catching effect, as would the taller urn, which sits on a wide base. By contrast, the obelisk lends itself to the economy of a single stem or two. The pieces are available in a choice of glazes: glazed and unglazed cream stoneware, black basalt, glazed green, or the soft red of unglazed terracotta.
The second, Perennial Collection, also made from stoneware, is directly inspired by Cara’s South African roots. Pieces in the Perennial collection are all finished in a soft, white glaze. The unfussy silhouettes of the vases and flower bricks reference the simplicity of 17th-century Cape Dutch farm buildings - the dovecotes, water towers or grain silos. The pieces have a whimsical, handmade charm too. Their tiered, stacked forms were inspired by the highly-decorated, towering 16th and 17th century Dutch Tulipieres used to display the then-prized tulips – synonymous with Holland’s ‘Golden Age’ of art and prosperity
CBxMH in the Press
The World of Interiors, July '23
Homes & Antiques, August '23
House & Garden, September '23