About Us

Duck Egg Designs

Duck Egg was started by busy Mum-preneur, Ellie Harrington, on a kitchen table surrounded by teddies, bottles and a toddler on one knee. The Duck Egg team moved from London to the countryside and due to necessity and curiousity, furnishings were handmade for the home. Ellie was unable to find a fabric that suited a male-dominated household, yet fulfilled her wish for pretty vintage fabrics. With this design brief in mind she started to design fabrics that were relaxed yet luxurious and nostalgic yet modern, perfect to add a touch of the seaside or the romantic to any interior. After the little one was in bed, the ironing done and supper suitably burnt and the working day was over, the Duck Egg team took to their respective roles and while one planned the business strategy, the other arrogantly thinking she had learnt all she needed to know from ‘The Apprentice’ took our her rusty pencils and went back to her first love of drawing. The prints are inspired by nostalgic memories, glimpses of long-lost nursery wallpaper, a sliver of a notion of an early twentieth century print from the dressing-up box and happy, warm evenings on seaside holidays.

Ellie trained for four years in History of Art, earning her BA at the prestigious Courtauld Institute before her Masters from the London Consortium in ‘Humanities and Cultural Studies’. Ellie’s love for print and art was further founded as she worked in galleries. After a return to studying practical art Ellie began teaching art. Four years later and a little rascal in tow she decided to turn her ideas for her own interior into a business, ‘Duck Egg’. Firmly leaning on her ever-patient and long-suffering husband Duck Egg created a brand that aspires to add a fresh, vintage touch to the home; whether it is one-off finds, a paint transformation, sourcing furniture for a client or the delicate accent of colour and prints from the Duck Egg fabrics.

 

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