The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials tradestand competition has become an important fixture in its own right, and this year’s winners did not disappoint with displays that were were stylish, innovative and eye-grabbing.
Handmade In Cornwall (stand 272, Beaufort Way), Jeremy Hastings’ West Country small business that creates beautiful household ornaments and tableware with slate, was deemed to be top of the class in the multi-tent category by judges Angela Meade and Jill Rowsell.
The stand, in the Country Living marquee, beautifully showcases Jeremy’s range of stunning creations using both Cornish slate and reclaimed materials.
“I started the business five years ago. My very first product was a clock, made of left-over slate from my home extension – it still hangs in my kitchen today,” he explained.
In the large stand category The Flying Fox (stand 58, Swangrove Street), Bob and Angela Mason’s sporting and country gift and home interiors shop, took the prize. Adorned with unique, hand-crafted, country-inspired ornaments and colourful furniture, the frontage is striking yet welcoming.
“It’s very much a miniature version of our own home,” explained Bob. “I’m a cabinet maker and Angela is an interior designer, so the ideas are her’s and my job is to try and create them.”
The final winner was Sederholm Ltd (stand 225, Withybed Way), which had clad its stand in stylish wooden slats, holding bridle hooks and saddle pegs to showcase the company’s range of high-end products.
“It’s definitely been a labour of love,” admitted Jess Washington, who was responsible for the stand’s design. “We wanted to do the products justice and this is something a bit different.”
For more hidden gems, check out Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes’ tour of the tradestands…