When I was young I could shop in a stationary shop for hours. Now it’s kitchenware. I could shop in a kitchenware shop until the end of time. I think it’s the perfect balance between function and form. My usual haunts include Divertimenti and Skandium on Marylebone High Street and Richard Dare in Primrose Hill. But today I found a new heaven: Ceramica Blue in Notting Hill. The shop was divided into two: a front room with grown-up (albeit interesting) cookware, including heart-shaped chopping boards, and a backroom which looked like the inside of a bag of M&Ms. Every item was a different colour. And every item came in at least 10 colours. Linda Wiffen, the owner of the store, describes the stock on her website as, “”Practical items with character for your table and kitchen, for you to use and cherish.”
I bought three colourful silicone seals for my glass storage jars (in midnight blue, duck egg and hot pink). Now tell me: why do I need my silicone seals to be any colour other than the standard colour? I have no idea, but they were selling like hot cakes so I’m not the only one!
10 Blenheim Crescent, London, W11 1NN
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate and Lancaster Gate