Handmade with love // Space 1a Design

The latest installment of ‘handmade with love’ introduces Helen Moulinos, one half of the couple behind the brilliantly creative brand Space 1a Design.

Described by Grand Designs magazine as ‘a brand that should definitely be on your radar’, Space 1a Design is an independent design business that celebrates curious contemporary design and promotes sustainable production. The award-winning home collection is inspired by the natural world and includes giftware, wallpaper, cushions, lampshades, ceramics, furniture and kitchen accessories.

Helen and Dan recently sent me one of their Flamingo Party White Lampshades and I am totally bowled over by it. It’s quirky, unique and looks fabulous on our landing, garnering lots of lovely comments from visitors.


Name: Helen Moulinos

Company: Space 1a Design

Tell me a little bit more about yourself: I’m the Creative Director and Designer behind Sustainable Home and Lifestyle brand Space 1a Design. I co- founded the independent label with my husband and business partner. My role in the business is as the creative and the “face of the brand”. I also love product development, sales and marketing, My husband Dan loves the logistics, operational and technology side of the business. Together we complement each other as we tend to gravitate to very different things.

Space 1a Design

Space 1a Design

Describe your business in one sentence: Inspired by nature, with respect for nature.

When did you start your business and why?  We wanted to offer products which were quirky, sustainable and eco-conscious. Space 1a uses sustainable materials and UK based manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible, doing our bit to protect the environment and keep artisan skills alive in Britain. The products within the collection are made locally in the United Kingdom & Sweden using eco-friendly materials such as Organic Cotton, Phthalate-Free laminated Cotton and FSC-Certi­ed Wood and sustainable manufacturing methods. The conversation-starting designs are vibrant, contemporary and sustainable respecting the environments, animal habitats and economies the products and raw materials are sourced from. We do not mass produce our products and take great care to work with partners who mirror our values and sustainable ethos. Our lampshades are still handmade in our East London studio – hand cut, rolled and made to order.

Space 1a Design

Space 1a Design

What did you do before you set up your company? I used to manage business restructuring and technology innovation projects and programmes for Corporate clients.

Did you face any challenges setting up your company? Too many to name! Funding and self-confidence were probably the two biggest challenges.

What is a typical work day for you?  Every day starts with porridge and tea and ends with soup and hot yoga when I can squeeze it in. I spend the day split between making products, designing new patterns, new product development, customer meetings, operations and unfortunately more admin than I would ideally like.

Space 1a Design

Describe your creative space: It’s a riot of pattern and colour. I am surrounded by fabric, wallpaper, drawings and like to think of it as organised chaos.

What and who inspires you? I am inspired by travel and suffer from a bad case of wanderlust. I’m a naturally curious geek who is often happy to wander around a new place for hours taking in as much as I can. My heroes tend to be scientists and explorers.

What has been your biggest achievement so far? Giving up a stable job to pursue a career that I love.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?  There is no magic bullet and no such thing as an overnight success story.

What is your favourite product and why? My Fly du Soleil Lampshade. I love to celebrate all living creatures – not just the cute ones. This is my ode to the humble housefly.

Space 1a Design

Have you always been creatively driven?  Yes. I’ve had many previous creative lives as a playwright, a poet and a painter at some point. Sadly I spent too much of my adult life focused on non-creative endeavours to pay the rent.

In terms of your work what couldn’t you live without? A pair of scissors, paint markers and my camera.

What do you love most about what you do? Reading a customer letter and hearing about how one of our products made them smile.

Space 1a Design

Space 1a Design

What are your business dreams? To make beautiful things and continue to work with amazing people.

When are you happiest? When I am on a mountain or swimming in the ocean. Also, our sofa at home is quite fabulous and often a cup of tea and a laugh with Dan is what I love most.

If you’d like to purchase any of Space 1a Design’s gorgeous wares and keep up to date with their news, you can find them here…Website, Facebook and Twitter.


In addition to this lovely interview, Hello Baby has teamed up with Space 1a Design to offer one lucky person the chance to win one item of your choice from their website (subject to availability). To help you choose, here are a few of my favourite items from their collection:

Space 1a Design

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me what item you would like if you win AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Full T&Cs are below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Space 1a Design.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12am on 10th April 2016 and closes at 12am on 8th May 2016.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook, @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following @space1adesign on Twitter, visiting Space 1a Design on facebook, following Hello Baby on instagram, following Hello Baby on pinterest, subscribing to Space 1a’s newsletter and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Space 1a Design and they will be in touch to discuss the prize. Space 1a Design will accommodate all requests but if an item is not available as requested, an alternative item will be offered and Space 1a Design’s decision is final. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.
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  • Kerry NorrisApril 11, 2016 - 6:38 am

    Ooh this brand looks lovely. I love anything with animals especially elephants as they are my favourite. The coasters look adorable xReplyCancel

  • kim plantApril 11, 2016 - 9:19 am

    hard to make my mind up atm but would have to be shabby xxReplyCancel

  • Harriet from Toby & RooApril 11, 2016 - 11:18 am

    Those lampshade are just wonderful – especially the bees!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy NixonApril 11, 2016 - 11:45 am

    I would choose the Flamingo Party Cushion | Space 1a Design! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Joy BApril 11, 2016 - 2:23 pm

    I would choose the Natural Butterfly Tote Bag as I love butterflies.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel OApril 11, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    I really like the purple Winter Tree floor cushion. :)ReplyCancel

  • frances hopkinsApril 11, 2016 - 3:02 pm
  • Stephanie CoalsApril 11, 2016 - 5:17 pm

    Winter Tree Floor Cushion (Purple) – its absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • clair downhamApril 11, 2016 - 6:06 pm

    the oven gloves thankyouReplyCancel

  • Hannah | MakeDo&PushApril 11, 2016 - 6:57 pm

    Wow! Such gorgeous items! Love the bee lampshade and all the flamingoes :) xxReplyCancel

  • laura banksApril 11, 2016 - 7:00 pm

    i could do with some oven glovesReplyCancel

  • Kellie KearneyApril 11, 2016 - 7:58 pm

    Fab stuff, love the cushions, the flamingo one really stands out. I’m based in Dublin so I guess I’m out of the giveaway. Good luck everyone!ReplyCancel

  • abigail edkinsApril 11, 2016 - 8:54 pm

    The Flamingo Party Wall Clock is lushReplyCancel

  • Kim NevilleApril 11, 2016 - 9:04 pm

    I like the Flamingo Party Cushion | Space 1a DesignReplyCancel

  • Life as MumApril 11, 2016 - 9:37 pm

    Oh wow those designs and products are just beautifulReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanApril 11, 2016 - 10:24 pm

    The Flamingo Party Wall Clock xxReplyCancel

  • Sabrina @ The Mummy StylistApril 11, 2016 - 11:23 pm

    So nice to hear about the people behind the company! I love the prints, especially the flamingo print. I would love to win the ‘Flamingo Large Round Serving Tray’ xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca | AAUBlogApril 12, 2016 - 12:02 am

    These designs are lovely – never heard of Space 1a designReplyCancel

  • Samantha LoughlinApril 12, 2016 - 9:41 pm

    Flamingo party wall clock is awesome xxReplyCancel

  • Claire WittApril 13, 2016 - 8:26 am

    The bee lampshade what look beautiful in my living area :)ReplyCancel

  • deborah smithApril 14, 2016 - 9:08 am

    http://www.space1a.com/overnight-bags/flamingo-party-overnight-bag wonderful competition i would love to win this bag but there are so many items i love i found it hard to choose just one ! xReplyCancel

  • Katy MApril 14, 2016 - 11:08 am

    I love the full moon stool! XReplyCancel

  • Jaelin FarrowApril 15, 2016 - 10:33 pm

    I love the Penguin Dream Pillowcase Pair :)ReplyCancel

  • melanie stirlingApril 15, 2016 - 10:40 pm

    The Kiwi overnight bag is lovely and colourful.ReplyCancel

  • Honest MumApril 18, 2016 - 2:54 pm

    Love this interview with Helen, I’m running a competition with them-adore the quirky individual style and of course how eco friendly they are! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyApril 18, 2016 - 7:27 pm

      They are fab aren’t they. Ooooh i’ll come on over and enter :) xReplyCancel

  • A Mum Track MindApril 18, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    Lovely stuff – loving that giraffe clock!ReplyCancel

  • CydneyApril 18, 2016 - 8:52 pm

    I haven’t even read the whole post but am urged to comment because i’m SO in love with this brand and the people behind it, anything that’s eco conscious gets a BIG thumbs up for me. Really searching for more ethical brands like this :)ReplyCancel

  • CydneyApril 18, 2016 - 8:55 pm

    Ooh and if i were to choose something to win i’d go for the red bag, what a tough choice. Also love the flamingo cushionsReplyCancel

  • RebeccaApril 18, 2016 - 9:26 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with the Lunar Moon Cycle lampshade on the website, it is right up my street and would look amazing in our bedroom! xReplyCancel

  • CharlotteApril 20, 2016 - 4:32 pm

    These products are fab! Love the giraffe clock and the bee lamp! xReplyCancel

  • Emma @sophieellaandmeApril 21, 2016 - 3:03 pm

    Fab products! They are so different but I love them! Especially the giraffe clock xReplyCancel

  • Oooh I love this – how have I not heard of this brand before?
    It is amazing and right up my street!
    The bumble bee lamp is the best thing I’ve seen in ages, I need it in my life!
    X XReplyCancel

  • Fritha StricklandApril 22, 2016 - 11:27 am

    what fab designs! I love the lamp with the black circle print! xReplyCancel

  • emily omaraApril 25, 2016 - 2:55 pm

    oven gloves would be ‘handy’ 😉ReplyCancel

  • Dominic cloutierApril 29, 2016 - 4:26 am

    Is this open to Canadians because this stuff is on fleek!

    I wouldn’t even know what to choose, but surely you could ship something small like coasters or that elephant necklace, am I right?


  • Jo HutchinsonMay 5, 2016 - 12:45 am

    I love the Flamingo Party White Make Up Cosmetic BagReplyCancel

  • Sarah RoutledgeMay 6, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    I would like the grey flamingo party lampshade to go in my newly decorated bedroom! xReplyCancel

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