Vintage Cutlery – The Perfect Gift!

Cutlery doesn’t need to be boring!

These perfect vintage spoons from our good friends at La De Da! Living makes breakfast that little bit more exciting.

A brilliant gift for anybody, with quotes from, “cereal killer,” to “keep the bubbly, bubbly,” they’re sure to last for ages and be a perfect memento of a specific moment in time.”

Our full range of vintage cutlery can be personalised for you or your loved one making it that extra bit special.

Simply select the delivery option which costs £6.95 and we will personalise your spoon and deliver to your chosen address for free. For further details and to find out more, please contact us.

'Cereal Killer' Teaspoon

“Cereal Killer” Teaspoon


Naughty At Fourty Teaspoon

“Naughty at FORTY” Teaspoon


Cake fork set “I Do/ Me Too”


Large vintage style serving spoon with 'friends forever' quote

“Friends forever” Vintage serving spoon


“Spread happiness” butter knife


Booklights and Octagon Lights!

From linen to wooden, from maple to bamboo, there are so many different options for the amazing book lights we have from our good friends at Gingko.

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The SmartBook Lights by Gingko is a great addition to any room in the house. When shut, the Book Light masquerades as a stylish, leather bound book, but when opened, it transforms into a sculptural lamp that emits a warm, ambient light through its durable, water-resistant Tyvek “pages”.

The beautiful, atmospheric design opens to a full 360 degrees, with magnets cleverly concealed in its cover to hold it together. The soft touch papers are tear-proof and water-resistant, lit up by long-lasting soft white LEDs.

The dynamic, multi functional light can be opened to form a circular lamp and comes with a micro-USB charger. It is assembled by hand and has a rechargeable battery life of up to eight hours once charged.

Perfect as a Father’s Day or birthday gift, these stylishly unique lamps will look brilliant on a bedside table to use for reading before bed, or on a side table in the living room to offer a soft glowing light in the evenings. Wherever you place it, your Booklight will add a touch of character to any room.

The Gingko Smart BookLight Mini is also available in Black LeatherBrown Leather and Walnut.

Browse the rest of our Gingko range here, or if you’re looking for a gift, look for inspiration here!

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The Octagon One desk lamp is the ‘Gift of the Year 2018’ Award Winner in the UK from the Contemporary Gift category. It also won the Judge’s Choice Award Winner (the only winner) from the whole home and gift categories.  The Gift of the Year Award is the most highly respected award in the UK for home and gift products.

The Octagon One Rechargeable Desk Light combines the best of simple and natural wood-effect finish to achieve its modern industrial aesthetic.

The focal point of the design is a beautifully shaped octagon shaped wood finish base, with a touch control button and an inbuilt rechargeable battery which makes it a totally wireless desk lamp. It also allows it to be positioned at three different angles. Mounted in the base is a milled aluminum casing covered in the wood finish which contains 36 high quality LED light bead, with light a diffusing cover

Who doesn’t love a lampshade… Especially when they’re 30% off!

I mean seriously, nothing brightens up any room more than a super fun lampshade and they’re now all 30% OFF!

There are lampshades from our favorite quirky company Lush designs like this unicorn one…

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It’s now only £27.12!

Or this Grey Owl Pendant also from Lush…

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Now only £24.32!

There are so many other Lush lampshades as well which are all 30% off!

Be sure to check them out here

Ebb and Flow are our other go to for brilliant lampshades and are also 30% off!

There’s this beutiful white and green branches lampshade…

It’s now only £184.80 after the 305 off!

And there is also the fern leaves a pattern of the Ebb and Flow lampshades which are now an absolute bargain!

It is now only £157.50 after the 30% off.

Be sure to check out of the rest of the Ebb and Flow range of lmpshades here

Beautiful bits and bobs…

Christmas is without a dount simultanious the best and worst time of year. The stress is somethimes outweighed by the joy of all of the festivities, but it doesn’t mean it’s not still stressfull.

But don’t fear, Design Essentials is here. We’ve taken the stress away from you this year with our Christmas gifts blogs, and this one is about all of the lovely little bits and bobs to buy for your friends and family this year.

  1. Open Jewellery Box
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The Nkuku jewelry box is the perfect gift for any relative this Christmas. With a small square frame in the top of the Nalou Jewellery Box is perfect for keeping a small photo to remember a happy time with friends or family. It also keeps all your jewellery and keepsake safe with a simple latch mechanism. So worry about your special memories not more with the Nalou Jewellery Box!

2. Nkuku Glass Frames

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This Nkuku glass frame portrait is perfect for displaying photos and mementos, so a great Christmas present this year.

Create a truly personalized gift with one of these stylish glass photo frames. The glass front and back make them not only great for photographs but also a fantastic way to display other precious keepsakes, like postcards, concert tickets, and drawings. They look great grouped together in an assortment of sizes and orientations. Each photo frame is strung with a recycled sari tie.

3. Pebble Print

This pebble print has been available in our shop for a little while now but is new to our website! We know you’ll love them as Christmas presents.

With beautiful and meaningful quotes that resonate with us. This pebble print is particularly heartwarming and the perfect present. They say I know and love you in a way that nothing else can!

The prints can even be personalized for just £10 to add that extra special touch to any Christmas, birthday, anniversary present (the list goes on and on…)

4. MI Square Pocket Speaker

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Naturally handcrafted and beautifully designed with great performance, the brand new Gingko MI Square Pocket Speaker makes your travel music experience seriously matter.

Boomboxes have had their day and, as cool as they were, they weren’t very practical to cart about… These new and improved pocket speakers are perfect for presents this Christmas.

The Gingko Mi Square Pocket Bluetooth Speaker takes all the volume of and depth of a traditional music speaker and reformulates it for the modern, travel conscious, party planner.

The new MI SQUARE Pocket speaker is made with solid, sustainable wood and powered by a long-lasting integrated rechargeable battery. New from Gingko, the nifty Bluetooth speaker is a very handy object to travel with, no matter where you go and what you do. It delivers you seriously great sound from a small and neat cherry, walnut or bamboo wood square. Plus, the strong fibre leather strap makes it fully portable. You can put it on your backpack, hang on your bike or even put it on your wrist if you wish.

Jut connect up your Bluetooth phone or tablet and let the tunes flow!

5. Dead Posh Accessories

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Dead Posh is brand-new to Design Essentials in Saffron Walden, offering a variety of fun, personalised accessories for you and your home including bags, coasters, and pillows. The bespoke items are perfect for gifts or as a little treat to yourself to make the shopping a bit more fun. The modern, chic brand will be sure to turn heads, as you flaunt your one of a kind accessories in the home or out and about. Whether you’re from Essex, Saffron Walden, Great Chesterford, or Linton, we’ve got a range of luxury items, personalised with your home location to add that little extra spark from your coasters to your handbag. We absolutely love these Dead Posh accessories as Christmas presents, and we hope you do too.

We hope to see you in the shop getting your Christmas shopping done early, with the help of our Christmas gifts blogs. Check out our tech blog We wish you a techy Christmas, No more plastic rubbish! our blog for kids presents this year and all of our other blogs for more Christmassy ideas.

We love to hear from you as well, so…

To have a look in person at these great gifts available at Design Essentials, be sure to pop into the shop to have a chat with us in Saffron Walden, Essex.

For any enquires, please feel free to contact us, we love to hear from you.

No more plastic rubbish!

Don’t wait too late to get your kids Christmas gifts this year!

The advent calendars are out, nativity rehearsals have begun and recorder practice is constant for the school concert, it’s definitely that time of year again. The countdown to Christmas has officially begun and I’m sure you’re kids have reminded you of that more than once, the advent calendars don’t exactly take their minds off it. Whoever thought chocolate was a good idea for kids in the morning anyway!

Anyway, although christmas may be a little different this year, it doesn’t mean your kids can’t still have fun!

So to help you out with the festivities, we’ve put together a short list of our favourite quality christmas presents for kids that they won’t get boared of in five minuites. No more plastic rubbish!

  1. The Tonie Box
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We absolutley love the Tonie boxes, and we’re so pleased to have them at the top of our gift list this year.

Everybody is concerned about kid’s screen time and especially with lockdown, their Ipads are probably being used more than ever. You don’t need to worry about screen time with the Tonie boxes though, they let your children’s imagination run free with no bright screens and endless listening without complicated controls.

2. The Tonie characters

Perfectly accompanying the Tonie Boxes, are the Tonie characters!

They tell absolutley beutiful stories, from dinosaurs to snowmen, footballers to the lion king, theres something for any child. The stories grow with your child as well, with more simplistic shorter stories ideal for younger children up to inquisitive tweens who want to learn about dinosaurs and astronauts.

There’s also creative Tonies! The creative Tonies allow you to record yourself telling the story for the child. Gret for long distance grandparents or family members as a source of comfort when you can’t be with them. They are a truly heartwarming gift this christmas.

3. Smiley Lamps

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Everyone loves emojis, right!

These emoji lamps are ideal for the coolest of kids, making them a perfect gift that matches your friend’s and family’s moods for this Christmas! With this lamp, your children, friends, or family can be super cool. Be happy, be cool, be Smiley! The kids just love these and being battery operated, you can pop them anywhere!

Cool Smiley Lamps are a great gift or accessory for any kid’s room which also looks great too. If the shade look is the emoji you are after, choose from some of our other smiley lamps – from love heart eyes, winking, and cheeky smiles – perfect for all emoji lovers of all ages!

4. Folky Dolls

There’s nothing better than a collectable character for kid this christmas, and we might have just hit the nail on the head with these folky dolls.

They are a range of funny and decorative lamps in the shape of characters such as Fashion Girl, Brittany, and Pirate Boy. They even have lights to suit their own individual stories and style. The truly perfect accessory for any room and easily collectible with 4 designs.

We hope to see you in the shop getting your Christmas shopping done early, with the help of our Christmas gifts blogs. Check out our tech blog We wish you a techy Christmas, Beautiful Bits and Bobs… and all of our other blogs for more Christmassy ideas.

We love to hear from you as well, so…

To have a look in person at these great gifts available at Design Essentials, be sure to pop into the shop to have a chat with us in Saffron Walden, Essex.

For any enquires, please feel free to contact us, we love to hear from you.

We wish you a techy Christmas…


Christmas is coming up and although it’s going to be a bit different this year, we have your back with the best gift ideas for all your family and friends!

Screen time, that dreaded little notification that pops up at the end of every week and makes you realise how much time you’ve really spent on your phone. Often greeted with the horrified shrill of “how much” when you realise that you have spent over 3 hours watching Netflix rather than doing the washing up or zooming the relatives or all of the other million things you need to do.

But there’s no need to feel bad though we get it you love your tech and we love ours! Not all tech was created equal. Some are way better than others. By that, we mean actually good tech! YES, it does exist, our best tech gifts this Christmas will actually make your friends and families live way better!

These are just five of our favourite tech gifts for all the family this year…

Number 1 would have been the brilliant Arc light, but its sold out and avialble only available to pre-order fr the beggining of January…


Koble Arc Desk Lamp Design Essentials

We love the Koble Arc Light because it’s a light that can actually make your life better! I know I didn’t think such a thing existed either it’s just a light after all, but no the Arc is far more than “just a light!”

We all love to sleep right! But since lockdown, a lot of people have been struggling to get back into a normal and healthy sleeping pattern after either very early starts from toddlers who seem to think 5 AM is morning or from too many lie-ins. The Arc can help you get back to normal, overexposure to white light before bed can dramatically affect your sleep pattern, but with the night function, you can switch to a warmer light temperature at the click of a button.

The Arc is also compatible with any smartphone with built-in charging capability or phones with wireless charging cases meaning no more messy cables getting all tangled up by the side of the bed and a fully charged phone each morning.

What’s not to love about the Koble Arc Light! Be sure to pre-order for January!

A great alternative to the Arc Light is the Pixi light, which is our number 2 gift this year…

Number 2…


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Don’t worry about crazy electricity bills with the Pixi Wireless Charging Lamps super-efficient LED technology and touch-sensitive on and off button.

With its super-fast wireless charging technology, you can declutter your house of all those tangled wires. Your phone will even stay charging whilst the light is off! The base of the Pixi Wireless Charging lamp can wireless charge your phone with no requirement for any cables, simply drop on and charge.

Number 3…


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The Saturn Wireless charging plate is a relatively new product for us at Design Essentials, but we already love it, because it’s the perfect gift for teenagers!

Having a fully charged phone is the most important things to teens, no access to Tik Tok, Instagram or Snapchat makes the house decend into WWIII. Chargers are fought over, plug sockets closely guarded and the survival mentality kicks in.

Nobody wants this…

With the Saturn wirelesscharging place from Design Essentials, you can prevent war within your home, as it gives your teen unlimited acces to wireless charging. So you don’t have to keep on buying all of those new charges when they get broken or lost which costs a small fortune.

It’s the perfect goft for any teenager and doesn’t break the bank!

Number 4…




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Is it art, is it a light, is it a book… OR IS IT ALL OF THEM!

The fourth on our list of great tech gifts this christmas is the fantastic range of smart book lights we have at Design Essentials!

The booklights and accordion lights are the perfect gift for those friends and family members who just really appreciate nice things. The beautiful, sculptural design cleverly conceals the inner workings of the lights. The soft-touch papers are tear-proof and water-resistant, lit up by long-lasting soft white LED lights.

There are very few pieces of tech that create the lovely soft aesthetic that we know so many of you love quite like the smartbook and accordion lights from Gingko. They truly are the perfect Christmas gift!

Number 5…


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WINNER, WINNER, the Octagon desk light is here!

We are so excited to put the Octagon One Desk Light on our christma gifts list this year. Winner of the ‘Gift of the Year 2018’ Award in the UK from the Contemporary Gift category, the Octagon one desk light is a must buy present for any friend or family. It also won the Judge’s Choice Award Winner (the only winner) from the whole home and gift categories.

You can’t diss the award either, as the Gift of the Year Award is the most highly respected award in the UK for home and gift products.

Can’t get a much better present than that now can you, it won a award for gifts!!!

We hope to see you in the shop getting your Christmas shopping done early, with the help of our Christmas gifts blogs. Check out our blogs, Beautiful Bits, and Bobs, No more plastic rubbish! our blog for kids presents this year and all of our other blogs for more Christmassy ideas.

We love to hear from you as well, so…

To have a look in person at these great gifts available at Design Essentials, be sure to pop into the shop to have a chat with us in Saffron Walden, Essex.

For any enquires, please feel free to contact us, we love to hear from you.

Virtual Hide and Sheepskin Rug Event in Saffron Walden

This week of lockdown we are hosting and trialing a Facebook Live on Wednesday at 1pm to show you our wonderful selection of Hides and Sheepskin rugs.

We are really trying to use social media to show you our products and make it easier for you to shop local. If you have been interested in investing in a hide or sheepskin to cosy up your home, this is your chance to purchase any of our individual designs.

Please join us on Wednesday 11th November to have a look at our selections and support us locally. We appreciate any reactions, comments or feedback from this live event.

And while you are at it, why not take a look at our Sheepskin and Hide section of the website.


Lockdown Hours

Hi there,
This is such an awful time for so many people at the moment with another lockdown. What with everything else you have to consider shopping local may be well down on your priority list. The Bid has done an amazing job trying to support local shopping in Saffron Walden. I feel as our customers you have always supported this and thank you so much. I have seen a new wave of support and goodwill for local business lately and I am extremely grateful for this. As a shop owner, we are going to try and make it as easy as we can for you to shop with us via social media etc and with deliveries and click and collect.

Our click and collect days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-4pm. All products are on our website and we will also be hosting live videos and virtual events to showcase what else we have on offer. Thank you for your support and for continuing to support local.
Thanks in advance and stay safe. 
Wendy xx 


It’s Giveaway time, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

To celebrate the launch of our new Koble showroom, we are doing a giveaway of the amazing Koble Arc wireless charging lamp!

You won’t want to miss out!


So what will you win…

We picked the Arc Wireless Charging Lamp for our Giveaway, one of the best selling product from our range of smart technology.  The Koble Arc is the new modern wireless charging table lamp, compatible to wirelessly charge any all smartphones.

The Arc’s has super cool modern technology which can help improve your sleep with its sleep mode. Overexposure to white light before bed can dramatically affect your sleep pattern, but with the night function, you can switch to a warmer light temperature at the click of a button.

So why would you not enter! Better sleep, wireless charging, LED technology, and touch-sensitive, the arc has it all.

How to enter…

For a chance to win, follow the instructions below:

1) Like our post on Instagram @design_essentials1

2) Tag 2 friends in the comments below

3) Follow @design_essentials1 and @kobledesigns
For a bonus entry, share this post and tag both @design_essentials1 and @kobledesigns !

Closes at 12pm on Saturday 17th October! Winner announced on Sunday 18th! ? Good luck from all of us at Design Essentials!

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Smart Tecnology Side Tables

Fighting with kids about plug sockets over lockdown? Thinking about the new trend in Smart Technology? We all know that everyone has been spending far more time in their homes watching, streaming, and gaming more than usual.  And with all the Ipads, Kindles, phones, laptops knocking about the house these days, there’s always something with that flashing red light that needs to be charged.

That’s where we come in, our brilliant range of Smart Side Tables from Koble is here to save the day! Take for example the Zain Smart Side Table, it has the capability to charge two phones at a time! An absolute lifesaver for your tech-savvy household. One of the charging capacities is wireless, whilst the other is a USB port meaning you can say goodbye to all those tangled wires. And we all know the fallout when your kids can’t watch the next episode of their favorite show because of tangled wires and low battery.

And it’s not just the Zain that can avoid the war over plug sockets, there’s the Carl, the Kobe, the Ralph, the Milo, the Tori, and the Riva. It’s like reading a class register there’s so many! Thank god they’ve gone back to school!

You don’t even have to call your smart side tables their product name. My Mum and her friend recently named their wireless hoovers the name of their delivery drivers. Upon returning home, I even was proudly introduced to Manuel the new favorite in our household!

What will you name your Smart Side Table?

Carl Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials       Zain Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials  Walnut Ralph Smart Side Table Koble Design Essentials

Carl                                             Zain                                               Ralph