Richard’s interest in ceramics began at an early age. ‘My mother
<a href="https://design-milk.com/orphan-saucer-thriving-business-richard-brendon-reflects/richard_brendon_design_milk_fi-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Richard_Brendon_Design_Milk_FI-1-810x810.jpg" alt="From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects" /></a> British designer <a href="https://richardbrendon.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Richard Brendon’s</a> career started with a beautifully simple idea to solve the problem of the ‘orphan saucers’ he saw for sale at Notting Hill’s <a href="http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Portobello Road Market</a> after their matching teacups had been lost or broken. ‘I noticed that many of the antiques dealers had piles and piles of tea saucers, some of them really spectacular, and I felt it was such a shame that they were sitting there; unused and irrelevant,’ he says. ‘I spent a long time coming back to the idea of these ‘orphan’ saucers and finally had the idea of pairing them with reflective cup – the design is reflected back and the saucer is brought back to life.’ This simple idea formed Richard’s Reflect Collection launched at his graduate show and one of the brand’s most popular collections to this day.
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