The product selection at UK Cox and Cox Mailorder emphasizes a nostalgic and retro feel. The two founders, Fiona Cox and Lizzie Thornton-Allan take inspiration from childhood memories with a contemporary twist. Their concept works since I experience a warm feeling every time I visit their Web site.
With a background in catalogue design and styling, these women understand the appeal of well presented products.
My product selections for dinner parties
The pouring bowl and the roasting dish by Sophie Conran for Portmeiron are shown at the top. Even if I introduced this tableware collection before, the pictures were too beautiful to pass.
The Heart shaped Olive Oil Dipping Dish is cute. I received a similar set of 4 individual size dipping dishes from my mother in law last year. I find the levels are practical. You can remove the extra oil before eating your bite piece.
For a touch of casual elegance, write with a chalk or a chinagraph pencil (wax pencil) the name of each guests on either a Zinc Chandelier Place Tag. You can simply tie the around a napkin with the wired raffia or to the chair.
If you are invited, your host will be delighted if you show up at the door with these Robin egg soaps as the hostess gift. These gentle vegetable soaps are not just pretty. Chamomile and meadowsweet deliver a soothing effect while oatmeal and bran speckles supply some exfoliation power.
If you have a steady hand, go for a cheese wire since it is less messy than a knife. This one has an interesting design. After a few wine glasses, be warned that less perfect slices can introduce teasing and laughers at the table.
Cox and Cox Mailorder ships internationally but if this is for a gift, place your order well in advance.
Buy online: Sophie Conran Pouring Bowl at Cox and Cox – price: £16
Buy online: Sophie Conran Roasting Dish at Cox and Cox – price: £36
Buy online: Olive Oil Dipping Dish at Cox and Cox – price: £20
Buy online: Zinc Heart or Chandelier Place Tags at Cox and Cox – price: £15 for a pack of 6
Buy online: Robins Egg French Soaps at Cox and Cox – price: £18 for a box of 6 egg shaped soaps
Buy online: Cheese Wire at Cox and Cox – price: £24