20 questions with designer Keith Brymer Jones

Keith Brymer Jones is known for his witty ceramics, which can’t help bring a smile to your face over breakfast no matter which side of the bed you got out of. Check them out today over on ACHICA. To find out what makes him tick, ACHICA Living put him under the spotlight for the 20 questions treatment…

1. Interiors – dark and moody or light and airy?

Light and airy. I’m a bit OCD so light and airy is far better for hoovering!

2. The Beatles or The Stones?

The Stones. I find them far more imaginative in their writing (well back in the day) and they seemed to have for more credibility for some reason.

3. Asterix or Tintin?

Oh definitely Tintin as my hair (well, what I have left) is loosely modelled on Tintin’s!

4. Helvetica or Arial?

Helvetica! Arial is far too mainstream.

5. Cats or dogs?

Definitely cats! You don’t have to take cats for walks or pick up their poo and put it in a bag. Any animal were you have to pick up its poo is not good.

6. Star sign

I am a Gemini, and if you believe in such things, a very typical one.

7. Six fantasy dinner party guests?

Ah well! This is a hard one. Probably…

Martin Luther King (if only to recite his ‘I have a dream speech’ - it makes me cry every time. The optimism in it is overwhelming).

Marilyn Monroe because she was such a complicated individual.

Isaac Button. He was a potter who inspired me.

Ian Curtis (of Joy Division fame).

Peter Kay. Comedian. Brilliant!

Patrick Herron the artist.

8. What was the last thing you bought? 

A car. Mercedes E class 320 estate diesel automatic. I now never have to buy another car again.

9. Introvert or extrovert? 

Extrovert according to my friends.

10. Sweet or savoury?

Definitely savoury!

11. When was the last time you cried? 


12. Tea or coffee?

Coffee. The stronger the better.

13.Dress up or dress down? 

Dress up! I like suits and don’t wear them often enough in my work.

14. Library or nightclub?


15. Which song do you play when you need cheering up?

Probably ‘Original Sin’ by Theatre of Hate. It’s raw and I like it.

16. Favourite book? 

Well I’m not a major reader I have to say. So probably a book of art from Patrick Herron.

17. Top interior design tip?

When hanging curtains always make sure they go right down to the floor. This way one makes best use of the height of the room plus extenuating the window and light.

18. When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A ballet dancer!

19. What are you afraid of?

Debt and tiredness.

20. And favourite colour?


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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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