Photography by Claire Mossong (Wildwood)
This is Paul Mossong (and his dog buddy Jeffery - um, I just want to do a full post on Jeffery please). Paul is an independent designer and maker of utilitarian goods characterised by their strength and simplicity. He's mainly busy working on commissions (furniture and fit-outs) for clients under his brand Hanlon & Howe, but occasionally he thinks of a product he wishes existed, makes one for himself, and then ends up getting so many requests from friends and family that he puts the new product on his website. So it was with his fat-slab Butcher's Block boards and cake stands, all handcrafted to order from reclaimed timber, finished off with a coating of coloured paint. His next product was a Maker's Apron, a handsome but heavy duty coverall (oilskin, leather and brass) that's proving popular with florists, bakers and coffee makers. The most recent good good in the Hanlon & Howe stable is his Cold Drip Tower, available in custom colours.
P.S: Buying local for Christmas is awesome.