Designers and makers: A chat with Horse

Due to our evolving product offer, increasingly popular online store and the recent launch of our interior design and styling service, we decided it was high time to update our branding.

You’ll come into contact with our brilliant new branding in a number of ways: on our website which has bigger and clearer product images, on our new blog, in your online order deliveries, on our amazing new shopping bag, in store packaging, and soon to come… on our own branded product collection.

Do take a look at our new website which we hope is easier for you to shop from, as there’s lots of new products not to mention gift ideas on the run up to Christmas.

We hope you like it and enjoy keeping up to date with the world of Future and Found… we have lots planned for the next six months so watch this space!

Our gorgeous new branding is designed by the fantastic Horse. Co-founders Ian and Sarah are a wonderful duo who create thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful design. Their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is infectious and easy to spot in their work.

We wanted to delve a bit further into the dream team so we fired a few choice questions their way and here are their responses.

Enjoy!

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

Sarah: Ian is a Cornish boy and I grew up in Peterborough, but we’ve both lived in London for the past 10 years, with the exception of taking a year out to travel the world together just before setting up Horse.

What’s on your bedside table?

Sarah: Earplugs, my iphone and Memoirs of a Geisha (still waiting to be read unfortunately).

What home ware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

Ian: I’ve got a bit of a thing for wooden chopping boards.

Sarah: I collect tin robots, I’ve got an entire army of them and I’m always hunting for the next one to join the gang.

What project are you most proud of?

Ian: A couple of years ago I got to redesign the art brand Windsor & Newton. It’s a brand that I really associate with my childhood love of art. But more than that, my first boss, Michael Peters, designed the original D&AD award winning ink packaging back in 1973. It felt like a homage to him for everything he’d taught me, and an honour to craft and improve such an iconic brand.

When designing for a company what is the most important thing to get right?

Ian: To beautifully execute a powerful idea.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

Sarah: My bike. I had it custom built from scratch and it’s the love of my life.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Sarah: I’m a little obsessed with reclamation yards and antiques houses. I really admire the skill, time and attention to detail that was involved before computers existed. Whether it’s furniture, old signage or packaging, I’m pretty happy spending the afternoon rummaging through little snippets of history.

What homeware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?

Sarah: I bought a Peter Blake print about six years ago of an old Italian cigarette packet and it’s the one thing most of our friends comment on. I love old packaging and anything nautical so it’s my perfect print by a great man.

Describe your style in three words

Ian: Simple. Crafted. Ideas.

What would surprise people about you?

Ian: I very nearly pursued a career as a pro golfer at the age of 18. I chose art college instead.

What is your current obsession?

Sarah: Instagram

Ian: My new Canon 6D

What does the future look like for Horse?

Exciting. Starting a small company from scratch and going it alone is incredibly daunting but ultimately deeply satisfying. We’ve learned to do so many things ourselves, as well as becoming more multi-disciplined with the projects we take on, and that has made us much better at what we do. It has also made us more creative and ambitious.

Having total control over who we now work with and what we do also means we can make things that we truly love – it is that which is attracting the dream clients that match our outlook and design principles.

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What do you think of our new branding? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

In conversation with Meyer Lavigne

Meyer Lavigne design our gorgeous flower me happy vases as well as a wide variety of products for the home, all in different materials. Besides their own line of porcelain, they take on assignments for both bigger and smaller design companies.

We had a little chat with them to find out a bit more..

Hi Meyer Lavigne, please introduce yourselves for those who don’t know you..

Meyer-Lavigne is situated in the old Meatpacking District of Copenhagen that is now a melting pot of designers, architects, photographers, galleries, gastronomic trendsetters etc..

We mainly design a wide variety of products for the home, all in different materials, but we do have a special love for ceramics.

Next to our work as interior designers, we also work as stylists for different interior and design magazines.

What is Meyer-Lavigne? When and why did the idea start? What inspired you? 

We met each other 15 years ago before entering the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. We immediately felt a connection and have not stopped talking since.

Our trademark is our focus on the decorative and the unique. It is important to us that our designs always appear distinctive and personal and a story has been told.

We think that in an affluent society such as ours, we need to surround ourselves with things that are imbued with time, spirit and the human touch.

Why and how did you become a designer?

Sabine: I grew up in a hippie family among artist and craftspeople, so creativity has always been a part of my life and felt like a very natural path to choose.

Kristine: Both my mom and dad were and still are very creative individuals. Painting, knitting, making food, sewing, beekeeping, gardening etc. So for me it has always been a natural thing to create.

What’s your favorite product in your home? And why?

Sabine: The things that mean the most to me are the ones with a story behind and mostly related to my family. I have a giant lizard that my father and his brothers caught when they were kids living in Africa. My grandmother stuffed it afterwards. I have it hanging on my wall in neon pink cords and beside it is a clear acrylic display box with a little black and white photo of my grandmother stuffing it.

Kristine:Besides from the ones I love, it must be the personal presents friends have given me, such as different artwork, a beautiful made paper garland, Sabine’s giant papercut etc.

What inspires you? 

We get inspired by many different things and sometimes we do not even realize that something we saw and felt was the breeding ground for a new idea or product.

Humor, quirky things, everything with an edge, the unexpected, the graphic world and blogs are all things we love, and we share on our blog.

Tell us about your work as interior designers. What’s Home for you?

We love perfectly imperfect styling. The homes we are drawn to are those who have a personal style. That is home for us.

Why do you work with porcelain?

Good question! We both love and hate ceramic. We love it for its magic way of transforming from mud to anything you want it to be, and for its ability to be both delicate translucent, raw and rustic.

We hate it because it surely has it’s own will and it is so unreliable. You never know what will meet you when you open the kiln.

Kristine originally wanted to travel down the graphic design path, but for some reason I convinced her to apply for the Ceramic and Glass department.

I grew up by self-among craftsmen and artists. My father lived in an old watermill in Provence in the south of France with his brothers. My uncle was a potter, so I always spent my summers in his workshop.

What do you do when you are not designing

Being creative, loving colors, textures and wanting to create is a part of us all the time and not only when we are at work.

Right now we are busy in the garden finding the right color combinations and getting a feeling for a new lounge area, we are knitting a bedspread inspired by an exhibition from the Faroese islands, we are painting the wall of the living room grey, and we are spending hours with our children drawing while listening to music.

Love the sound of Meyer Lavigne?

Well, you’ll be pleased to know you can buy Frede & Sofia online and in the shop…

In coversation with The Three Bad Seeds

We would like to introduce you to the Three Bad Seeds, our most recent and delightful discovery.

We search high and low for all the products we stock and after spotting a pair of mountain cushions online we decided they just had to be part of the range.

We tracked down Amanda and once we discovered how interesting and idyllic her lifestyle is and all the care and attention that goes into her designs we decided we just had to share with you…

What is your hometown and where are you based now?

My husband and I spent the majority of our childhood just outside Dallas, Texas. We actually met in High School.

Because of my husband’s career we lead a bit of a nomadic lifestyle and have lived all over the US.

Currently we reside about a mile from the Puget Sound in Washington State and my studio is in Olympia WA.

What is on your bedside table?

Whatever memoir I happen to be reading. I love getting lost in another persons story.

What homeward item do you always seek to find the perfect version of?

The bowl. I have a minor obsession. It started with Pyrex and has drifted to early ceramics. I have a bowl for every occasion.

Which family member comes up with the most designs?

I do- the family were much more involved in our early days. My daughter has since moved into her teenage years and my husband is only able to create something every few months because of his schedule. They still help at art events and are my critical eye for new designs.

What has been the best reaction to one of your commissioned pillows?

Generally they are given as gifts so I never get to meet the final owner of the piece. But, every year my daughter requests one pillow for Christmas. Whatever animal she wants, whichever strange characteristics (a flying hedgehog once). Seeing her reaction is priceless- a giggle and a warm knowing smile that lets me know she will never grow to old for something that I made especially for her.

What is the best thing you have ever made?

I would have to say the mountain range pillow. There was no such thing in existence before (I researched) and I felt like many years of experimenting with shape, texture and colour have paid off with a tangible original design. I love the simplicity of it.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

After the family and pets are safe. I would have to grab the family photos and videos. A ubiquitous answer but they irreplaceable.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Honestly, daily life. From the striking colour of seasonal flowers against a wall of ferns to the mundane sprawl of my cat on a patterned blanket.

Granted I live in one of the most beautiful places in the US. Being surrounded by giant mountains, gorgeous trees, and bountiful wildlife leads to ideas constantly.

From a design perspective, I think I am certainly inspired by mid-century illustration- graphic colours and simple shapes.

What home ware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?

This is an ever changing affair- I spend a lot of time in thrift shops hunting for wool and I find many interesting things.

Currently my most coveted item is a vintage army cot. I use it in my home as a little corner nook (my dog’s favourite napping spot) and also as a display piece for pillows.

Describe your collection in three words-

Unique, Endearing, Quality

What would surprise people about you?

I have a terrible fear of public speaking. Hives, difficulty breathing- the whole bit. I dropped my public speaking class in collage four times and failed it twice.

What is your current obsession?

Longboards. And convincing my husband to buy me one for my birthday in a few weeks.

What does the future look like for Three Bad Seeds?

I am excited that in the next few weeks we will release some new botanical designs. I am also looking forward to taking on interns from a local university this fall. Further into the future I would love to see our work gain a wider audience and just creating things that make people smile.

Have you fallen for the mountain cushion yet? Shop the collection

A chat with Alison Hardcastle…

This is Alison. Alison designs gorgeous contemporary paper goods which add a nice dollop of cheer to the everyday. Alison has a loyal following at Future & Found with her greetings cards for every occasion. We love her style and thought it was time to find out a little bit more.

What is your hometown and where are you based now?

I grew up on a farm near York – in East Yorkshire. After living in Edinburgh and Brighton while studying I moved back to Yorkshire in my early twenties and I’ve been living back here for 11 years.  My actual studio is in the garden at home in a small village called Nunburnholme.

What is on your bedside table? 

A lamp and something beautiful to read – usually an Elle Dec, perhaps Wrap magazine and often a book. There isn’t room for much more!

What homeware item do you always seek to find the perfect version of?

I do seem to find myself buying a lot of cushions and mugs in the quest for the perfect ones. Designs can be applied to them both in so many different ways and I’m quite practical so they’re both the sort of thing you can never have too many of. A lovely screen printed cushion with a great design on can be moved around as the mood takes me. Likewise a bone china mug with a cheery pattern on brightens my morning cup of tea!

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

I can’t think beyond getting family out. I would grab my 4 year old daughter as quickly as possible.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Magazines like Elle Decoration and Wrap, blogs, my surroundings, chatting through potential ideas with my husband, talking to like-minded creative friends, conversations in general and photos I take when I’m out and about.

What homeware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends? 

Probably one of the cheapest and most coveted items we’ve bought for the home are the old shelves from the Knavesmire car boot sale at York. I think they cost £12 and we’ve moved them from house to house for the last 10 years. They’ve always worked wherever we’ve put them and I like the fact it’s like curating my own ever-changing exhibition of bits and bobs. Recently they’re getting used more and more for displaying things my daughter makes.

Describe your range / collection in three words:

Bold, graphic, colourful.

What would surprise people about you?

In complete contrast to the outward look of my work I’m a real country girl. Also I’m a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak I think!

What is your current obsession? 

My vegetable garden. This is my first year growing veg and salad and I’m amazed daily that I’ve managed to grow some lettuces which are perfectly edible!

How would you describe your style?

Clean, bright and full of colour with a good pattern thrown in.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m having an open studio in July / August (date tbc) and I’m looking forward to opening the doors of my studio and letting people around to see what it is I do! I’m also just starting on a new collaboration with Snowhome and working on new card and wrap designs for Christmas and next Valentines (I work well in advance!) as well as some new notebooks / journals.

Briefly describe your design process:

I’m constantly collecting ideas, words, phrases and bits of drawing in a notebook and then I forget about them for a bit.  When I’m designing I look back through my notebook and if an idea still makes me smile I’ll work on it and sketch out the ideas until I’m happy with the concept. After that I draw the components (bits of text, images etc..) properly and ink them in followed by scanning them and cleaning them up in photoshop. I can then put the design together and either send it off to the printers for a proof to be made or if I’m printing it myself I make the separations for the screen printing process.

We sell a range of Alison Hardcastle greetings cards in our shop in North London, do come and have a browse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing…Hannah Jordan

We have some new prints in that we are very excited about. Simple, stylish and tactile. The prints are made and designed by the lovely Hannah Jordan. Hannah is a second year textiles BA student at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Originally from Leeds, Hannah studied for two years prior to her degree at Leeds College of Art.

When we asked Hannah about what inspired the prints and her practice she explained:

“I am generally inspired by simplistic geometric shapes, but not necessarily regimented. I prefer geometric shapes that seem to have formed organically, rather than through fixed angles and measurements. I reflected this in the prints with the slight imperfections to the circular shape and linear designs.”

All the stencils for the prints are cut by hand and are then blocked out by different thicknesses of thread this gives the prints their organic line quality. Hannah mixes all the colours by hand and prints into her kitchen which she turns into her studio.

Hannah’s prints are available to buy in the shop and will soon be available online… we’ve already snapped a few up for ourselves!

An insight into the creators of our favourite creepy softies….

Two Camillas are the brains behind Lucyboysunday, we wanted to know a bit more about the makers so we put together a few questions for the ladies, here are the results:

Hello Camillas! First things first what is your home town and where are you based now?

We where both born in Svendborg, on the second biggest island in Denmark with 10 days difference, we both moved to Copenhagen when we were in our twenties.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Searching for anything and nothing on the internet. Looking through magazines. Just everyday life, the city, friends & family, really….

Describe your collection in three words:

Knitted. Dark. Poetry

Why did you decide that the characters you have created needed to be soft and three dimensional?

We wanted the characters to be design objects that you can cuddle and put on your shelf as a decorative item.

Why did you choose to have your designs realised in super soft alpaca?

We really like the quality of pure baby Alpaca, which is made from the wool on the inner coat of the fleece of a fully- grown alpaca. It is very high grade yarn, very warm and strong and super soft. It’s a beautiful, lively material with great structure and brings life to the surface.

Tell us about the Bolivian Knitters who make your designs:

Bolivia has this incredibly old tradition of craft and knitting. The Bolivians are very talented but chaotic to work with sometimes- anyway we think this adds to the final product, a little blood, sweat and tears hasn’t hurt us yet.

We work with a small family owned workshop they employ men and women from the poorest area of La Paz, which is the capital of Bolivia, So, we think this works really well, in the sense that the knitters help our dreams come true and we help them to live a decent everyday life.

How did you come about having your products made in Bolivia?

Camilla K once went on a internship to Bolivia to learn about knitting. By the time she came back she had a pocketful of great contacts. So we gave it a shot on the first collection and the little creatures turned out to be fantastic. A true love story started that very moment.

What home ware item do you always seek to find the perfect version of?

Camilla K: Well, I love chairs. But I will never find the perfect chair… I will find many.

Camilla E: …..and if we keep searching for the perfect item for our home and cannot seem to find it, we can always just design it ourselves.

What home ware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?
Camilla E:  My husband and I once bought a beautiful huge table in Bali. All our friends wanted one as a souvenir. But I tell you, it weighs 250 kg.
Camilla K: I’ve built this wall in my flat made of old doors and windows, and it’s pretty admired by my friends.
What would surprise people about you?
Camilla K: Not much, I’m pretty straight up. Well, one thing that always surprises people is that I dislike sunflower seeds. They always go: Really?? and I always think to myself that it’s a really boring conversation.
Camilla E: I can do the dance move “the worm”
What is your current obsession?
Camilla E: I use the word “crisis” a lot. For instance if the milk has gone bad…Crisis!!
Camilla K: Cyril Hahn’s version of “Say my name”.
How would you describe your style?
Details rule!
The house is on fire! What do you grab?
Friends, family and maybe the macbook….
What is on your bedside table?
Iphone, magazines and two monkeys.
Thank you Camilla K and Camilla E! We really appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions!
Here are the delightfully dark luckyboysunday pieces we have at Future & Found:
Watch this space we have a couple more friends who should be entering the fold soon…

A chat with Katy.. a serious stationery guru!

We would like to introduce you to Katy from Katy & June. Katy is sporting the bright blue hat.

Katy & June supply us with our favourite stationery. We thought it would be nice for us to get to know them a bit better so we fired off some questions in Katy’s direction:

Hi Katy! First of all what is your home town and where are you based now?

I come from Busan in South Korea and I am now based in Stoke Newington, North London.

How did you get into stationary?

Korean people are very spoiled for stationery as there are so many designed-led stationery items available in the market. The stationery in Korea is considered collectible which means not only do people use it they also collect it. People get bored so easily and no products last long. As a customer, we’ve always taken so much joy in choosing which items to buy.

How did you meet June?

June and I met in London when we were studying at the London College of Fashion and we always complained about the stationery available in UK market – it was all very basic, limited and for office use only…..boring!  When we planned on setting up a business together, we knew we had to bring Korean stationery to the UK!

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Korean bloggers – you cruise from one blog to another, and you will be exposed to the hottest home ware, kitchenware, furniture, fashion, interiors, tourist spots, restaurants, etc. Everyone in Korea seems to dream of living a lifestyle such as those featured in magazines. That gives a lot of interesting sources and inspiration but that can easily make me capable of stalking somebody’s life everyday and being jealous and depressed at the end. I try to be more wise and take just the sources and inspiration only!

What home ware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends ?

A vintage sofa inherited from my husbands grand parents. It has a gorgeous walnut frame and the cushions were originally black leather but the leather parts were all ripped and the springs were all loose. I took the leather covers to Korea and upholstered them with a light mustard leather material and brought them all back on the plane. That was a mission! It is now a beautiful sofa.

What is on your bedside table?

A cutie doll, I-pad and a hot water bottle.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

My husband! ha ha

What would surprise people about you?

A little bit of OCD!

What is your current obsession?

Plates, bowls, mugs and any sort of kitchen stuff…

How would you describe your collection in three words?

Quirky, sentimental and cool.

What are your favorite pieces from your collection?

Our decoration cards the white and yellow balloon card and the spring card.

What are you working on at the moment?

Sourcing new products to curate for a show in May.

How would you describe your style?

Colourful and girly.

Thanks for your time Katy! We look forward to seeing what you have in store for summer!

Have a peek at the stationary we stock from Katy & June:

 

 

Introducing Falcon Enamelware

Falcon Enamelware has been producing since the 1920’s and their collection has become a design classic. With the recent introduction of new contemporary colours, including the pigeon grey we have chosen, has given the brand a much deserved resurgence into the design led retail world.

Elegant by design and indestructible in quality, this enamelware is ideal for everyday family life and loves a trip outdoors. Dishwasher and oven safe.

We have chosen a selected range for launch in pigeon grey and the instantly recognisable white with a blue rim.

our lovely selection

Wecome HAY

We welcome HAY into our Future & Found collection with open arms. HAY are a Danish design company who have been going since 2002. The aim of HAY is to make good design affordable and therefore accessible.

They celebrate uncomplicated design and strive to stay joyful, uncomplicated, straight forward and functional. Right up our street!

If the range proves as popular as we expect it to be, then there’ll be more to come…at the moment it’s only in the shop. Come and have a look…

 

Welcome LuckyBoySunday…

We would like to introduce you to the newest members of our Spring Summer 2013 collection….

We have acquired some new friends from the delightfully dark LuckyBoySunday. Designed in Copenhagen by two Camilla’s. Camilla Koerschen and Camilla Ebdrup a pair of highly creative textile designers their work straddles the worlds of children and adults beautifully bringing an artistic sensibility to any room.

The creations are manufactured in Bolivia in cooperatives that operate under fair trade standards. They are made of 100% baby alpaca wool. Alpaca have been bred in Bolivia for centuries for their wool which is a valuable and soft as cashmere.

Available online and in store.. We are smitten.