Q&A with Johanna Lowe of Martyn George

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June 3, 2013
London native Johanna Lowe came into food and prop styling after finishing up a career as a photographer. “I was working for Sur la Table as a prop stylist and for lack of budget, they asked me if I would try my hand at food styling, which I did and discovered I was a natural,” says Lowe. Turns out she was not only a natural at styling for photo shoots. Last June, she opened Martyn George, a charming vintage housewares shop in Chicago outfitted with inspirational, unexpected vignettes of kitchen tools and entertaining pieces. Read Full Article
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  "Solid utilitarian stoneware with a zen neutrality. They are good for pickles, potted shrimp, duck rillette, or Yottam Ottolenghi's dip. Go ahead and bake in them, too."

    "Solid utilitarian stoneware with a zen neutrality. They are good for pickles, potted shrimp, duck rillette, or Yottam Ottolenghi's dip. Go ahead and bake in them, too."

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  "The company Le Cousances, founded in 1553, was acquired by Le Creuset in 1957. This beautiful grey Le Cousances fondue set is immaculate and precious. It's perfect for a honeymoon in Alaska."

    "The company Le Cousances, founded in 1553, was acquired by Le Creuset in 1957. This beautiful grey Le Cousances fondue set is immaculate and precious. It's perfect for a honeymoon in Alaska."

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  "An Illinois company, Houpt, designed this revolving doughnut cutter."

    "An Illinois company, Houpt, designed this revolving doughnut cutter."

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  "Himalayan, truffle, citrus or Szechuan, even your basic salt and pepper are special in these Japanese Mid-Century lotus petal-shape pots."

    "Himalayan, truffle, citrus or Szechuan, even your basic salt and pepper are special in these Japanese Mid-Century lotus petal-shape pots."

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  "Serve your coffee or hot cot. Or lose the cup holder, and get a wine glass."

    "Serve your coffee or hot cot. Or lose the cup holder, and get a wine glass."

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  "This tin scoop probably shifted a whole load of grain back in the day. I like to see it in the kitchen filled with onions or apples. Or line it with paper and fill it with popcorn on a game night."

    "This tin scoop probably shifted a whole load of grain back in the day. I like to see it in the kitchen filled with onions or apples. Or line it with paper and fill it with popcorn on a game night."

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  "Since the late 1600s, the tureen has held an important place on the table. To quote Alice in Wonderland, 'Beautiful soup, so rich, and green/Waiting in a hot tureen.' A century apart, these two white tureens, one in the Eva Zeisal style and the other an English classic from the 19th century, are ready set to serve green beans, pilaf, or a massive amount of candy."

    "Since the late 1600s, the tureen has held an important place on the table. To quote Alice in Wonderland, 'Beautiful soup, so rich, and green/Waiting in a hot tureen.' A century apart, these two white tureens, one in the Eva Zeisal style and the other an English classic from the 19th century, are ready set to serve green beans, pilaf, or a massive amount of candy."

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  "Whatever your eau de vie, these Mid-Century items add a little more joie de vivre to the bar cart."

    "Whatever your eau de vie, these Mid-Century items add a little more joie de vivre to the bar cart."

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  "Sure, enamel tin cups do well in the woods on camping trips, but they’re also great for preparing individual pot pies or panna cotta at home. The versatile Enamelware is conducive to baking and freezing."

    "Sure, enamel tin cups do well in the woods on camping trips, but they’re also great for preparing individual pot pies or panna cotta at home. The versatile Enamelware is conducive to baking and freezing."

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  "This vintage soda fountain flaunts clean lines, gleaming white stoneware and shiny chrome."

    "This vintage soda fountain flaunts clean lines, gleaming white stoneware and shiny chrome."

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