Deep in the Hertfordshire countryside and yet just 10 minutes from the A1(M) sits OSPREY HOME, the contemporary lifestyle store which Graeme Ellisdon first opened in Hertfordshire in 2002, turning a series of formerly derelict barns into an interiors laboratory, a place where he shares his design vision.
The look - robust and masculine with a hint of English vintage - sees oversized architectural oak tables from St Paul next to hunting lodge antler chairs; bespoke rugs; painted furniture made from salvaged, barnacle-covered fishing boats; Anatolian kelim-covered chairs and sofas; home accessories and one-off curios that we source on our travels, alongside beautiful OSPREY LONDON leather goods and new clothing and gift collections for men and women.
Here ancient craftsmanship takes centre stage with rich, dark, sensuous woods and leathers set against the Gustavian grey-painted panelled walls. Wooden display cases full of butterflies and beetles sit amongst bleached Longhorn cow skulls and strange curios reminiscent of a Victorian collector, a reflection of Graeme's lifelong fascination with nature, dead or alive.
The thread that draws all this together is a love of traditional techniques, the integrity of natural materials and strong, functional design. While the countryside around OSPREY HOME is idyllic, this is a look that translates equally well to the city.
Open seven days a week, OSPREY HOME now includes the new Saddlery Café which offers a carefully edited selection of excellent, locally sourced food including autumn vegetable quiches and cheese, great Italian coffee, over 20 varieties of Cambridge orchard apple juice and speciality Indian and Chinese loose leaf teas.
Enjoy them in the peaceful courtyard on a sunny day or cosy up inside the rustic Saddlery Café when it rains.