OK..."Panniers" is a bit pretenious, but when we initially talked to people about these useful wooden 'boxes with handles' and described them as trugs, everyone thought of traditional Sussex garden trugs, to waft around with and fill with cut flowers. After living for the last ten years in France, we thought we earned the right to name them after the French for 'basket' instead.
Ours can be used in any room of the house...kitchen, bathroom, studio etc...or even the garden. We have always used salvaged or inherited ones in our house. Keeping things organised and still looking good on show.
With so many various designs, it became increasingly complicated to remember which was which. This, plus the fact that we have always designed and given them to close friends as presents, it made sense (to us at least), to give them friend's names.
No. 1 - Vinnie - a large pannier made of English walnut with brass studs - is named after our friend who is often found with his head in a newspaper, magazine, book or doing a crossword. Strong enough and large for storing bulky items like these.
No. 2 - Vicky - small, made of English elm with vintage metal studs - this friend has a collection of rare-breed hens, so the long handle makes it easy to hang over her arm, leaving her hands free to collect the eggs.
No. 3 - Nikki - medium and tall, made of walnut with beech stud details - we have a sister each, both called Nikki, who love a glass or two of wine...you can get at least 6 bottles in this one... (sorry sisters).
No. 4 - Joy - small, divided into two internally and made of English walnut with brass studs - Joy recently gave us some very special Edwardian cutlery with steel blades and bone handles. Too nice to be put in a draw, we have them on show in a 'Joy pannier' like this. The dark, rich colour of the walnut compliments the old patina of the knives beautifully.
No. 5 - Annie - made of English cherry with a stained flat black handle - named after one of our 'foodie' sisters who has a passion for cooking. This is the right size to fill with bottles of olive oil, vinegar, spices etc and to keep everything on hand, next to the stove, in the kitchen.
No. 6 - Jacqui - large, divided into lots of sections and made of English elm - this friend is a perfectionist and a talented sewer, so this is ideal for keeping all her sewing bits and pieces organised and still looks stylish when on show in her studio.