Winners of the Homes & Gardens Classic Design Awards 2010
Winner Coco dinnerware
Designed by David Queensberry and Martin Hunt for Jme
This year, the Homes & Gardens Award 2010 goes to Coco bone china tableware designed by Queensberry Hunt for Jme and Jamie At Home, masterminded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. "This china is cool, contemporary and very versatile," says Homes & Gardens editor Deborah Barker. "It can be used for formal dinners, casual tea parties or family snacks. And, for anyone who loves bone china, it offers outstanding value for money."
David Queensberry and Martin Hunt founded their design partnership in 1966. Queensberry Hunt clients have included many big names of the china industry, such as Wedgwood, Crown Staffordshire, Hornsea Pottery, Midwinter and Royal Doulton.
Made from white bone china, which has a purity unequaled by any other form of ceramic, the Coco range has no applied ornament. It's strong and translucent, which adds a glow to its surface. The range covers all dining essentials, from pasta and cereal bowls to side and dinner plates, serving bowls, a mug and two sizes of cup and saucer. The shapes are clean and contemporary: plates have elegant turned-up rims and bowls, mugs and cups are straight-sided. "I have always wanted to make good design available at a reasonable price," explains David. With Jme he has certainly succeeded.
The Jme brand is sold on the company's website and also through "parties". Selling at parties has perhaps not had a glamorous image in the past," says Deborah, "but through a beguiling selection of useful and well-designed products, Jamie At Home allows the buyer to make a stylish choice in friendly and comfortable surroundings, and gives the seller an opportunity to earn some money in their own home."