Tucked away in Brighton’s South Lanes, Workshop sells beautifully made tableware, candles, socks, slippers and toys. Its minimalist wood-and-white interior is just as inviting as its selection of handmade products
Who owns it? Ryan Kersop and Jayson Tane-Smiler, who between them have experience in commercial finance, buying and merchandising. They opened the shop in January 2014 and since the beginning have taken a simple approach to design. ‘Our intention is to present carefully curated products that contribute to uncomplicated everyday living,’ says Ryan. ‘The store is aimed at like-minded people who appreciate our values and aesthetics.’
What does it sell? Pieces made by independent artisans from around the world: homemade stoneware and hand-carved wooden boards, unglazed Hasami porcelain tableware that blends Japanese tradition with modern simplicity, candles, alpaca striped socks, linen slippers, handmade dustpan and brush sets and wooden toys for children.
Why do shoppers love it? You can pick up all kinds of unusual items that you didn’t know you needed but now can’t live without, whether that’s a pair of forged steel herb snips for the garden, a birch handle dough scraper for baking, an ox bone chutney spoon or a donabe cooking pot.
13a Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 (workshopliving.co.uk)
Photography: Emma Gutteridge