Image shows - The blue 'falling cubes' cushion by Fine Cell Work, available from Pentreath & Hall

Christmas Gift Guide – Day 5

Image shows - The blue 'falling cubes' cushion by Fine Cell Work, available from Pentreath & Hall
The blue 'Falling Cubes' cushion by Fine Cell Work, available from Pentreath & Hall

We all want to give presents that make people smile. It’s even better when your gift helps to change the life of the person who made it.

Meet the eye-catching geometric needlework cushions made by prisoners taking part in the Fine Cell Work project.

Smile-inducingly soft, a modern design classic – and potentially life-changing. That’s some gift!

Fine Cell Work trains prisoners in textile production, with the aim of giving them a way to learn work skills and earn money on the inside so they can create a new life for themselves when they get out.

The London-based design Pentreath & Hall have created a range of styles for Fine Cell Work, which they sell through their Rugby Street boutique and online.

If you haven’t heard of Pentreath & Hall, then I would like to apologise if my introduction to this glorious shop and website causes a spike in your household spending.

What they design and sell is just so damn tempting…

Pentreath & Hall is Ben Pentreath, an architectural designer, and Bridie Hall, a decorative artist and maker. Neither of them set out to be shopkeepers. But, then their treasure trove of antiques and original designs, which borrow from the past to reinvent modern design, is no normal shop.

You have been warned…

 

* The ‘Falling Cubes’ cushion is 35cm x35cm and costs £95 from Pentreath & Hall.