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What better way to beat the heat than with ceramic ice creams created by Anna Barlow? Made of a combination of earthenware and porcelain, these ices creams are finished off with a glazing technique which gives them an incredible surface texture and makes them look so real. Very refreshing…

Here are a few notes by the designer herself:

‘My work plays with the physical reaction to the appearance of food, the way we eat with out eyes first.I am inspired by the craft of food presentation, often produced quickly with only one chance for the perfect effect. The qualities of clay and glaze allow me to catch the temporary nature of food, gratifying the feeling of “it looks to good to eat!”

The work is produced in a few different steps. I use high-fired slip cast porcelain for the cones and flakes, press molds for waffles. The ice cream is then built on the cone with “scooped” earthenware clay, piped clay is added and then flakes, waffles and cherries. 

Finally the glaze is brushed on to fuse the materials together and porcelain sprinkles are added. I try to keep my methods as similar as possible to real food preparation so many of my tools could be found in the kitchen.’

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We are pleased to announce that The Independent has nominated mint among the 50 best furniture shops in the country, under the category “contemporary design shop”.  

Among the panel were David Tatham, owner of themodernwarehouse, Simon Alderson, co-founder of Twentytwentyone, Venka de Rooij, owner of Dutch by Design and Elaine Dean, secretary general of the British Association of Antique Dealers.

This is what Simon Alderson said: “Mint presents a very special and individual perspective to the furniture buyer. It carries a highly imaginative selection, which reflects the distinctive eye of its owner, Lina Kanafani… And the website’s a bit trippy too.”

Stay tuned for more exciting mint news!