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5 minutes with The Lowercase
Tessa and Michael Bautovich started innovative design group The Lowercase in 2009 from the dining table of their Paddington terrace. Now the darling of style-conscious parents everywhere, they keep the fizz alive with plenty of tea, chocolate, and travel. Not to mention their newest source of stimulation, bub Xavier. Can we have their lives, please?
Our favourite family pastime is spending long summer days at the beach (with plenty of reading material!).
We look forward to our daily morning coffee and croissants at the local delicatessen.
Xavier likes it when I make homemade Spaghetti alla Bolognese.
Family down time happens in-between everything else!
My quick dinner fix is ‘one-pot’ quinoa and brown rice salad with preserved lemons, raisins and almonds.
On the weekends you’ll most likely find us meandering our way around local art galleries.
Ideas flow when the sun has set and The Lowercase’s midnight snack of warm Chai tea and dark chocolate arrive on the table.
My all-time favourite book is Wuthering Heights, which I discovered in my teens and find that I can always revisit regardless of the years gone by.
Every day I try to laugh, and luckily there is always something happening at the studio to inspire me to do so.
Michael and I share a love for intelligent design.
We love what we do because it allows us to inspire others through clever and functional designs for everyday living.
Our very first product was our 100% Egyptian cotton embroidered bedlinen, that we developed many new embroidery stitches to create.
People know us for our design-centric decor and interactive paper designs.
We find inspiration on our travels, be it en route to Paris or to the local cafe.
We like to hang out (anywhere) outdoors, day-to-day life is an incidental and constant source of inspiration.
I collect different types of teas, which are often sampled during our late-night creative workshops… plus, they always end up inspiring new tableware designs.
Our prized knick-knack is George Nelson’s 1948 multicoloured ball clock: a bright and cheerful alternative to typical time-keepers.
I’d love to renovate the garden. Our sandpit is presently 1-square-metre… so we could all use a little more space for our summer sandcastle creations.