We’ve been looking for a laundry basket for Willow, to go in the corner of the bathroom. I had been looking at ones from John Lewis and ebay and all the nice wicker (as opposed to plastic ones) are about £20-25, but none of them stood out, so I’d not bought one yet. So, we were quite pleased to find this in the antiques shop on Gwydir Street in Cambridge: a genuine Lloyd Loom linen basket made by Lusty’s, for £18.
The Lloyd Loom process was invented in America and it involves weaving a tough fabric out of wire wrapped in twisted paper, which is then stretched over beech frames to make chairs and other furniture. It was popular in the early 20th century, the era we are roughly evoking with Willow’s interior, and brings to mind tea rooms and country house conservatories. It will look just right in Willow’s grey, black and white bathroom.