3 Legged Duck, Ashley Grove, North Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD5 6BT

Interiors Shop / Design Practice

The story so far

Find out more about 3 Legged Duck interiors shop. ‘A quirky name for a quirky shop’ Tim Wonnacott, Antiques Road Trip.

My name is Clare Flynn. I have nearly two decades of working in the museum design sector with art and archaeology collections.

The name 3 Legged Duck originates from a piece of artwork I did for an exhibition at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The artwork was inspired by a taxidermy 3 legged duck from the museum collection.

I am from Lincolnshire where the term of endearment is to call people ‘duck’. Living most of my adult life ‘down South’ I am known for my connection to the duck so it seemed natural for the design business to be named 3 Legged Duck.

Interiors Shop / Design Practice

The story so far

I am selling hand-picked second-hand/antiques and handmade art and crafts and presenting them in the only way I know how- see my blog page for more about my museum inspired interior design style. I have a green approach to my business. I believe passionately in selling new items which have a quality to be the antiques of the future. I have a particular interest in promoting artists, designers and makers and I am always on the lookout for interesting new work.

My museum career began volunteering at Hove Museum and Art Gallery whilst studying an MA in Sequential Graphics and Illustration. This is where I discovered exhibition design. Since then I have honed my craft with experience as Exhibitions Officer and Designer for Southampton Museums Service and 11 years as Senior Exhibitions Designer at the internationally renowned Ashmolean Museum. Having hugely valued my time working in museums but desiring pastures new, in August 2019, I embarked on a freelance design career.

I have been lead designer on numerous critically acclaimed projects. Namely, the Ashmolean’s multi-million Egypt galleries redevelopment in 2011, and more recently, the 2019 summer blockbuster, Last Supper in Pompeii which was described by The Daily Telegraph’s Alistair Sooke as ‘deftly designed’.

Interiors Shop / Design Practice

The story so far

In my museum design work, I aspire to push boundaries in how we interpret and present the narratives and objects and how we create an experience within a space through creative expression.

Parallels can be drawn through the pre-loved and created nature of 3LD Interiors collection. I endeavour to curate and present the 3LD collection in a playful, bold and elegant way. I choose items I think I can sell of course, it’s a business after all. First and foremost, however, I choose things I love and those things tend to have visible signs of history and/or a story of their own to tell.

I have an eclectic taste- trends are important as they are inspiring, but they come and go- I think we should surround ourselves with the things we love. It is through my passion for collecting weird and wonderful things that 3 Legged Duck Interiors was born.

Interiors Shop / Design Practice

More to 3LD than meets the eye

You can shop online in the comfort of your own home or have a bit of an adventure and take a day out or a few days stay in Rhayader, Powys. This bustling market town has plenty of eateries, gift shops, antique shops and of course us, 3LD! Rhayader is popular with tourists as a place to stay to experience the spectacular Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains. Referred to as ‘The Last Wilderness of Wales’ in a BBC documentary, this really is a special place. You don’t have to be a keen hiker, mountain biker or climber to enjoy this marvellous area- from Elan Valley Visitor Centre or Gilfach Nature Reserve, you can appreciate this diverse landscape with so many natural treasures to behold.

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Interiors Shop / Design Practice

It’s good to be green

The 3LD ethos is to run the business in as green a way as possible:

  • I stock secondhand goods and I try not to travel too far to get them.
  • I source new handmade items which I believe will be kept and treasured, gifted or sold/passed on in the future.
  • I minimise the impact on the environment by reusing wherever possible
  • I buy sustainably sourced materials which are recyclable
  • Communication is done digitally, and I rarely print out design project documents
  • I continue to be open to learning more green practices

© Ben Flynn

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Interiors Shop & Design Practice

Ashley Grove, North Street,
Rhayader, Powys
LD6 5BT

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