Take 5: Toogood Ceramics, Walala x Montana, Finnish Textiles + More

Every other week we’re inviting one of the Design Milk team to share five personal favorites – an opportunity for each of us to reveal the sort of designs we use and appreciate in our own lives from a more personal perspective. Editorial Director Caroline Williamson returns this week for our Take 5 series.

09.22.22 | By
Take 5: Toogood Ceramics, Walala x Montana, Finnish Textiles + More
round table with chunky white ceramic dinnerware

Photo: Matthew Donaldson

1. Dough Homeware by Toogood

London-based studio Toogood, founded by designer Faye Toogood, launches their first ever collection of homeware designs today and they’re delightful. Dough is a collection of ceramic designs, including a mug, jug, platter, bowl, vase, and centerpiece, that feature a rounded swollen look, almost as if they were made of freshly risen dough. Available in two matte glazes, cream and charcoal, the pieces are minimalist and chunky and I’m dying to own them.

Outdoor shot of a factory building whose facade has been painted in a large, abstract patterns by Camille Walala

2. Walala x Montana Factory Mural in Denmark

London-based French artist and designer Camille Walala has added her signature touch to the exterior of Danish furniture brand Montana’s factory located in a small village in southern Funen. To mark the brand’s 40th anniversary, they enlisted Walala to help make the outside of their factory match the playful and colorful designs they’re creating inside. How could you not be inspired to go to work every day when this is the first thing you’d see in the morning?!

split image with a geometric and colorful pillow on left and matching rug on right

3. Zeniitti Pillow and Rug by Minni Havas for Finarte

Love this pair of matching designs by Minni Havas that was just launched by Finnish rug company Finarte. They’re part of a collaboration between Finarte and young Finnish designers, including Havas, who were asked to bring their modern aesthetic to life using the rug brand’s traditional methods.

collection of bulbous and colorful vases

4. Ceramics by Maxwell Mustardo

After a deep dive on Instagram, I recently came across artist Maxwell Mustardo’s colorful and bulbous ceramics. From the textured surfaces to the bright colors, the pots are intriguing and instantly make me think they look like some sort of being with their hands on their hips.

twisted paneled sculpture


This large scale, vortex-shaped installation is 100% visually pleasing at first glance. The more you explore it and the metallic pigment on each triangular plane, the more your eyes become entranced. While the images are stunning, I’m sure seeing it in person from different angles would take it to a whole other level.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.