From koalas to hedgehogs – the story of Zed and Co


I’ve really enjoyed a busy few months exhibiting at many craft shows and fairs. I do love chatting with returning and new customers about my kitchen and home accessories (also returning and new!). Many people were interested in how Zed & Co came to be so here’s a brief history!


From Australia to the UK


Starting my own business in my early sixties was quite a challenge, rivalled only by a previous life changing event in my mid twenties, when I left my home in Australia and travelled overland to the UK via Papua New Guinea, Japan, Russia and Scandinavia to study for a PhD.


Back then I never imagined that, three and a half decades on, after a career in clinical nutrition, raising two children and renovating two homes, I’d want to take on another major challenge. But I was driven by an increasing desire to create something of my own.


Minimalist, classic design


I’d become increasingly interested in design but after completing an Interior Design course I soon realised that choosing curtains and cushions wasn’t for me. But I did gain a love of minimalist, classic design, and I wanted to develop that in some way.


The stimulus for Zed & Co came in 2015 (with a gentle nudge from my now grown up children) as a result of searching in vain for simple, but not totally plain tablemats. When I began to design my own range of unfussy mats and coasters I not only solved a problem but I also found an outlet for my creative and design sides.


Inspired by and manufactured in the UK


I’ve since added other products to the range, including bone china mugs and jugs, kitchen textiles and hand finished wooden trays. I’m proud that my products are manufactured in the UK, largely in locations where these industries were first established.


My inspiration is also very much UK-based! Our lovely garden and the hedgerows and countryside around our home feature heavily. You’ll notice wildflowers from the orchard, the abundant Sussex wildlife and the classic pineapple statues by our garden steps are all part of the range!


July 26, 2018 by Christine O'Mahony-Zed