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Happy spring. This season, we’re looking forward to more colour and more light.

Happy spring. This season, we’re looking forward to more colour and more light. We’re enjoying the longer days to spend time in our workshop making your accessories, as well spending more time with friends and family.

Edward entertaining

The joy of sharing food is really important in our family – we even named the cutting board collection after our son Ted. We wanted to make a beautiful statement piece that’s thoughtfully made and can bring design to the centre of the dining table. Over the bank holidays, we’ve been doing just that. Our Edward Chopping and Charcuterie boards are ideal for table centrepieces and sharing platters.

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We were thrilled to see our Hellene Propagator in May’s issue of Gardens Illustrated and April’s issue of Bloom Magazine, just in time for spring propagation and cuttings.


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GNCCF online: Spring Edition 21-22 May


At Mark Lowe we are proud to be part of the GNCCFonline in May

This Spring sees the return of an online edition of Manchester’s award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. GNCCFonline will be an opportunity to buy unique and exceptional contemporary craft direct from over 60 specially selected makers over the weekend of 21-22 May 2022.

Do you love contemporary craft but can’t wait till the live show in October? Do you have presents to buy or feel the need to treat yourself?  The GNCCFonline: Spring Edition is for you. As ever, the exhibitors have been handpicked by a panel of craft experts to ensure the best in handmade design and beautiful craftsmanship – with jewellery, fashion accessories, prints, furniture, functional pieces and objects for the home. The show will feature makers exhibiting for the first time as well as some familiar faces, who will be showcasing and launching new collections.

Fair Director, Ann-Marie Franey said: “Buying presents from the GNCCFonline, or indeed treating yourself, means you are giving or receiving something truly special and unique. It shows you care for the people you’re buying for, whilst supporting the independent designer-makers you’re buying from.”

Angela Mann, one of the fairs co-founders added: “As well as lots of fabulous work to buy throughout the weekend, there will also be the opportunity to ‘visit’ makers virtually in their studios and watch them demonstrate their craft. Watch out for further details of this via the GNCCFonline website and via our social media platforms.”

GNCCFonline Spring Edition goes live 8am Saturday 21 May 2022 at the fair’s website  Watch out for special fair offers and maker open studios over the weekend on social media – follow #GNCCF.

For an opportunity to buy work before the general public, anybody who signs up to the mailing list via the website will get an exclusive invite to the Preview evening on Friday 20 May 2022 from 6pm.

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How can I make my home more eco-friendly?

How can I make my home more eco-friendly?

Living sustainably is an important ethos for our furniture business as well as for our family.  Whilst not everyone can afford solar panels and new insulation, by focusing on reducing our single-use plastic and living in a more eco-friendly way, we can reduce the harm we cause to the environment. You can start by making conscious choices about the objects that you fill your house with.

It’s relatively easy to make these eco-conscious decisions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by the actions you take from within your own home and your interior decorating and styling. Doing just a few of them will mean there are less toxins in the air and at your fingertips and will promote a better sense of wellbeing for you and your family.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite simple sustainability tips for your home.

1. Consider sustainable materials when buying your furniture and homeware

  • Wooden furniture

Wood is renewable because it doesn’t deplete the planet of a natural material. Trees can be planted, grown and harvested over and over again. Always have a look for the mention for ‘FSC certified’, which means that the wood has been sourced from sustainably managed forests. All our products are predominantly made with solid, sustainable timber, using FSC-certified oak.

  • Sustainable interior accessories

It’s easy to buy accessories made from harmful materials when they’re smaller and generally cheaper. Instead of plastic, consider items like cork, wood, concrete or ecoresin terrazzo. When it comes to candles, go for natural, organic and non-toxic ones such as those made with beeswax or soy wax and without paraffin (we always opt for these to go with our Mabel Tealight Holders and Mabel Candleholders. Go for straw baskets instead of plastic boxes and recycled glass for your glassware.

A good example is kitchenware. Choose handmade ceramics or wooden chopping boards over plastic ones. Not only do they look much nicer on your kitchen surfaces, you can jazz them up by investing in pieces with a bit more visual interest – like the ecoresin in terrazzo of our Edward chopping boards.

  • Organic soft furnishings

Wool, organic cotton, hemp and linen have organic, textural qualities and are great for bedding, blankets, rugs, throws and cushions.

We love Melin Tregwynt’s lambswool throws that are woven in a small mill in Wales.

  • Sustainable kitchen swaps

It can be a lot easier to make sustainable swaps in the kitchen. There are plenty of reusable veg bags, durable paper lunch bags, natural sponges and reusable microfibre cloths. Consider using natural cleaning products that keep toxins out of the water and your lungs and swap plastic coffee pods for drip filters.

  • Clean and green bathroom

The bathroom can often be an area that is full of unnecessary plastic because of containers that supermarkets tend to use. Look into natural sponges, recyclable toilet rolls, wooden toothbrushes and remember to recycle your toothbrush tubes.

There are also more and more zero-waste shops popping up in local neighbourhoods and we encourage using these as much as possible. They make it very easy to refill your containers with natural shampoos and conditioners and eco-friendly cleaning products. They often sell organic handmade soap, so you don’t have to keep buying plastic bottles of liquid soap.

  • Sustainable flooring materials

Linoleum is a vinyl naturally producing materials such as natural linseed oil and wood flour. Cork is biodegradable and sustainable and retains warmth within a room.

2. Invest in high quality furniture that is made to last

We’re really against the modern throw-away culture of ‘fast homeware’. Interior trends shouldn’t change so much that we can’t keep up. Classic, well-made furniture will never go out of style and you can pass it down through the generations of your family.

It’s important to invest in craftsmanship and the person that has taken time to handmake your piece of furniture.

Handmade furniture also avoids the use of various pollutants such as certain paints, glues, and finishes that are found in mass-produced factories. We want to avoid volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that give off harmful air pollutants, which are often used in furniture production. We favour more natural finishes and we love the imperfections of natural materials – they make your piece completely unique.

3. Sustainable kitchen swaps: reduce the consumption of single-use plastic

It can be a lot easier to make sustainable swaps in the kitchen. There are plenty of reusable veg bags, durable paper lunch bags, natural sponges and reusable microfibre cloths. Consider using natural cleaning products that keep toxins out of the water and your lungs and swap plastic coffee pods for drip filters. Swap plastic milk cartons for a milkman delivering glass refillable bottles. Use the new beeswax wraps to keep your food rather than cling film.

Visit your local greengrocer! Spending money with your small local businesses and they’ll give you your veg in paper bags rather than an abundance of plastic packaging.

4. Have more plants

It might sound simple, but having more plants in your home increases the quality of air in your home. Plants are natural air cleaners so they absorb toxins and carbon dioxide, turning it into oxygen (it’s important to get rid of airborne toxins that are inside our houses). They also release moisture vapour and increase air humidity.

Mark Lowe, oak Hellene propagator, £45, pair

You can even grow your own plants for free. Rather than buying new plants from garden centres, why not consider propagation? Using a propagator, you can collect and save seeds and plant cuttings. It’s a brilliant way to see them grow and is exactly why we designed our Hellene Oak Propagator.

5. Grow your own food

Save your food waste and create your own compost – rather than sending everything to landfill, you can use your leftover fruit and veg and peelings to create rich soil.

Growing your own food will reduce the transportation needed to get your food from the farm to your home. Creating a small kitchen garden can be rewarding and fun, but if you’re limited on space, try planting seeds of herbs in wooden planters. That way you can cut your own whenever they’re needed rather than buying plastic packets of herbs that will inevitably go brown in the back of the fridge.

6. Eco decorating

Use eco paints like those from Little Greene and Farrow & Ball’s sustainable ranges – they can be more expensive but they’re not made with the toxic chemicals from other brands. Look for paints that use water-based paints with low VOCs and no solvents, or oil-based paints that are made with vegetable oils.

7. Shop local

Investing in your local area and the small businesses that are based within it will not only support the local community, it will reduce the amount of transportation required to get your products to your home, and in turn will help with reducing harmful emissions.

These are just a few ways we can reduce the impact we made on the environment from within our home. We’d love to hear yours – please tell us if you have any suggestions. As a furniture business and as a family, we’re constantly striving to be kinder to the earth.



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Oak coat stand handmade in small batches in our Nottingham-based design studio and workshop

 Made with sustainable timber

The bespoke coat stands are made with FSC-certified European oak from sustainably managed forests. The wood is treated with natural oil to celebrate its imperfections and grain.

 Four hand-shaped pieces of oak have four curved hooks, which are carved with smooth grooves for coats to neatly slot into without snagging or damaging garments.

The oak coat stand is ideal for hallways and open-plan spaces to hang everything from cagoules to flat caps and to keep boot bags and umbrellas off the floor.

It is designed in the quintessential coat stand shape and updated with modern angles, making it a beautiful freestanding piece of furniture for an entranceway.

Made to order

The four small acrylic discs at the base of the hooks can be selected in a choice of eight different colours – choose from black, white, green, red, blue, yellow, orange or pink, or a bespoke selection of various colours (select ‘multicoloured’ and enter your choices in the ‘customer requirements’ box when you’re at the checkout).

Notes from Mark
Mark: “The coat stand’s vertical and horizontal lines are inspired by De Stijl furniture and they intersect to create interesting angles. We wanted to develop these classic design principles and apply them to a sustainable material and really celebrate the wood’s natural beauty with the simplicity of the form.”


Width of legs (folded out): 600mm x 600mm

Height (folded out): 1755mm

Width of legs (folded in): 230mm x 230mm

Height (folded in): 1800mm


The Edit Coat Stand will be delivered in sustainable but durable packaging.

It comes folded up in a compact shape and opens with ease.


We hand make each coat stand to allow for your choices. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery.

About Mark Lowe
Mark Lowe is a design studio and workshop creating bespoke handcrafted homeware through sustainable and honest design.

The husband-and-wife business is based in Nottingham, England and the brand was born from a desire to make bespoke everyday objects that are designed to be enjoyed. They started as lighting designers and furniture makers, but over time their business has evolved into homeware and accessories. Read more about Mark and Marianne’s story.

Mark Lowe is featured in many magazine and newspapers including The Metro 

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We are feature in this months Delicious Magazine

We are pleased and excited to be feature in this months Delicious magazine. This month we are part of the ‘HOTLIST’. All the products are chosen by the editor Karen Barnes. Our Edward Charcuterie board is feature along side a select few interesting and beautiful products.

We are always very happy when we are featured in a magazine as we carefully expand and enjoy the fact that many people are seeing our products in a variety of high quality publications.

Keep your eyes peeled for more of our products pictured in a magazine near you!

All the best


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Complimenting Habbio

We were very happy to supply our lamps to Habbio

We were very happy to supply our lamps to Habbio for the photoshoot for their new range of sofas. We have had a great relationship with Habbio’s parent company for a few years now and were only too happy to supply our products for them to use. In many ways they have the same ideals as us; using materials from the UK and thinking about their environmental impact at all times. We also love their simple design philosophy as well as the choice they offer. It’s always nice to work with other likeminded companies and ultimately people. This is a relationship we are proud to maintain.

From them..

Sustainability starts at the end.

Furniture can be most harmful to the environment at the end of it’s life. 90% of furniture sold in the UK ends up in landfill because it doesn’t last, or isn’t recyclable or biodegradable.

That’s why all Habbio furniture is 100% recyclable. And because we believe it’s our responsibility to make sure our products do no harm, we collect and recycle them for you when the time comes. We can even collect your non-Habbio sofa to make sure it avoids landfill too.


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Featured in BBC Good Food magazines

Following on from being feature in a number of publications before Christmas we are very excited for our Edward Charcuterie/Cheese Board to be featured in popular BBC Good Food Magazine.

It was an honour to be part of the ‘This months wish List’ feature in the BBC Good Food magazine, February 2022. We were one of eight products featured this month that would ‘add a splash of colour to your kitchen’

It’s a real privilege to know that the products we design are not only popular with you, our customers but also to those people in the industry, the one’s with the influence. To know, when we design and develop these products, that one day they will be in peoples home and featured in magazines is very humbling.

Thank you to all of you, our customers for your support as we have grown over the last few years.

All the best

Mark and Marianne

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Reduced shipping cost for propagator.

Dear customer

We have realised that the shipping cost for the propagator was set too high. Although sometimes we subsidies the shipping costs, in the case of the propagator we felt that it was set too high at £8. Therefore we have reduced it to the standard price for most smaller products at £4. This was also because if you wanted to buy more than one it is added on to both. If you have been looking at the propagator you will now be charged the smaller fee.

The propagator is an excellent Christmas present as it comes neatly boxed with all its components snugly wrapped including fixing instructions.

Merry Christmas – Mark Lowe

Hellene Wood and Glass Plant Propagator Planter
Propagator – shipping now reduced.


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Our up and coming Christmas events

We will be at three events running up to Christmas this year. We would love you to come along and have a chat with you. Many people are keen to see our products as real things, not just as pictures. We will be selling all our products but are very happy to have a chat and for you to look and touch.

We will be at The Avenues Independent Market at Sneinton Market Avenues. We will be situated in Olivia Aspinall workshops.

Welcome to… | Sneinton Market Avenues

Dates are:

Friday 26th November 3 -8pm and Saturday 27th 11-4pm

Friday 10th November 3- 8pm and Saturday 11th 11-4pm

We will also be in London at Crafty Fox Market at the crossing. Sunday 19th December 11am 5pm – The Crossing Central St Martins, 1 Granary Square London, N1C 4AAUnited Kingdom (map)

Sunday 19th December – Crafty Fox Market at The Crossing — Crafty Fox Market

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

All the Best Mark Lowe