Up your camping game with retro enamelware with a modern twist

You can’t argue with the classics. Our appreciation for good design will always circulate those pieces that never seem to go out of style – for example the iconic Barcelona chair or a Chesterfield sofa with its buttons and low back, both of which have since graced homes and hotel lobbies the whole world can see their beginnings. Our look back is not only a sign of our appreciation for good design, but also a nod to the nostalgia that has taken over the interior design world in recent years. In fact, TikTok and Airbnb teamed up to forecast this year’s home trends, and “eclectic nostalgia” topped their list.


Children’s plate, €22, hensteethstore.com

Over the two most turbulent years, we’ve watched brands and designers seek a sense of comfort by reinventing the familiar—those items that evoke memories of childhood or the warmth of the familiar amidst uncertainty.


Red pitcher, €46, triggerfishcookshop.ie

Vintage-inspired pieces are breathing new life into interiors – rattan, mid-century and retro furniture can be found everywhere, and old-school enamelware has come back in style with a new twist.


Teapot, €27.95, sklum.com

Since its heyday in the 1970s, the durable range has been a staple in most homes in some form, be it a cake tin or a camping mug or even a pendant light.

Originally marketed in the 19th century as a safe alternative to toxic materials in kitchen products, it seems to have come full circle.


Enamel marble candle, €28.50, brownthomas.ie

The technique, created by fusing glass powder onto a metal surface, dates back to 1230 BC. and was popularized in the late 19th and 20th centuries by iconic brands like Falcon and Fabergé, who became known for their use of colour. Falcon continues to lead the way with its range of serveware and tableware in classic blue and white, as well as a collection of solid colors from bright orange and red to deep green, gray and duck egg blue.


Yellow number plates, from €18, hay.dk

Irish shops Hen’s Teeth, Scout Design Store, The Triggerfish Cookshop and Finders Keepers stock a good range of Falcon, Bornn and Toast enamelware, and Nordic retailers like Finnish Design Shop and Nordic Nest recreate these Scandinavian classics, mid-century 20th century were influenced by Catherine Holm, known for her bright colors with simple patterns.


Bornn Marble Tray, €37.90, bornn.com.tr, also available at brownthomas.com

Founded in 2015 by two sisters, Turkish brand Bornn have given the well-known enamelware a modern twist, using traditional manufacturing techniques with touches of craftsmanship. We especially love his approach to colour, which isn’t afraid to (literally) splash across the collections. Each piece in the Island Breeze, Marble, Mediterranean and Kids collections is individually handcrafted, with patterns that differ on each item, showing the marks of their journey. We love the confetti effect used in Island Breeze and the dreamy swirls in the Marble row, made using a technique that originated in Anatolia in the 15th century.


Colorama mug, €16, finderskeepersthestore.ie

Marbling has evolved from classic kitchen worktops and tiles to furniture and accessories, including tableware. Hay’s soft serve enamel tableware series with its wave motif is another modern take on vintage tableware, as is the yellow Camping series.


Enamel jug, €42, scoutdublin.com

Any keen camper will appreciate a good pewter cup and plate for their morning tea and bacon sandwich, and now you can up the camp ante with some striking versions of the retro serveware with Homesense’s colorful speckled plates and mugs. Add to Sklum’s Color Pattern Teapot and you’re happy camping.

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