We’re just back from Copenhagen

Last week we popped over to Copenhagen for a whistle stop tour… we went for the amazing Muuto annual event and to meet other suppliers and generally get inspired. Here are our five favourite things from the trip…

1. The Muuto Showroom which is packed full of gorgeous product and impeccable visual merchandising. Plus we got to work with their fantastic team on the new seasons collection and generally have a lovely time hanging out there.

2. Visiting the studio of designer Thomas Bentzen which was such an inspiring space. Thomas designs many of the Muuto pieces including our Around Tables and Cover Chair so it was great to find out more about how he approaches designing his pieces.

3. Pink perfection at the Normann Copenhagen concept store which is in an old theatre building…

4. Popping to see our friends at the perfect little Playtype store, makers of our best selling Beat Mugs and Attitude Mugs plus a selection of our posters.

5. The best hotel breakfast ever at SP34 entered by their gorgeous greenhouse covered staircase

We’re already looking forward to our next trip to Copenhagen!

 

A chat with Lucio Longoni

Our upcoming workshop Taking Home & Lifestyle Product to Market on Tuesday the 11th of July will be hosted by Lucio Longoni along with our owner Andrea Bates.

Lucio has over 15 years of business experience in retailing, buying, developing and selling in the UK and European markets. In early 2016 he set up his own consultancy to focus on giving business advice and coaching to a wide range of brands as well as trend reporting and product development. Focusing on interior and lifestyles,

Lucio’s specialty is finding the perfect balance between trends, aesthetics, and desirability along with commercialism, business acumen, and strategic planning. Recognised in the press from publications such as The Sunday Times Home, The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens Magazine and The Economist. His experience in buying and retailing comes from a multitude of brands including some of the UK’s leading design stores such as Skandium and Heals.

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We had a little chat with Lucio and asked him a couple of questions…

How did you get into the business?

When I left school I studied interior design and started working in retail part time. My love of both interiors and retailing grew which left me looking for a career which would combine both. Buying home and lifestyle goods seemed like the perfect fit, so off I went to Heals to do an internship in their buying office.

What inspires you?

Colourful prints, spacious environments, nature and travel.

Describe your style in 3 words?

Eclectic, modern and colorful.

Who’s your favorite designer?

Its so hard to pick one, but Michael Anastassiades has been producing beautiful work in the last few years.

How much does your personal taste influence your work?

It depends, if I am supporting a client with overall focus and branding my taste will no doubt influence, however when it comes to products I buy or develop is completely based on what is right for the brand and customer.

What’s your favourite trend at the moment?

I love modernity and simplicity, however I am enjoying the move in recent years towards crafted products which seem to have soul and quality.

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering a career in this field?

Do your research early on to really see what the practical elements of the industry are. Its certainly not shopping all day, but there are creative aspects which are very rewarding.

So if you’re a budding brand or designer, sign up now and get some top tips from Lucio and Andrea at this exciting workshop…

 

New Year, New Trends 2017

2017 has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited about what is coming up for us at Future and Found, but we thought we would give you a quick round up of the best of 2016.

Simply the best…We started 2016 off with a bang when we were listed as one of the best Interior Design Shops in London and then later listed as one of the top 50 best boutiques in London by the Evening Standard alongside our other Tufnell Park retailers SK Vintage and Jessica De Lotz. We were amazed and humbled by the achievement and can only hope we continue.

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We Stumbled with our Neighbours…..In May of 2016 we teamed up with our fellow small business owners in Tufnell Park to host the 1st Tufnell Stumble. A late night shopping event where we invited many of our customers to join us for an evening of drinks and nibbles plus exclusive discounts.  We had so much fun seeing old and new customers alike and teaming up with new neighbours Diverse, Eeny Meeny among others we decided to host another Tufnell Stumble later in the year. We hope to have many more shopping nights where can support our neighbours and encourage more people to shop local.

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Design Junction….Our lovely shop was included in the Icon Design Trail for a second year in a row and we were excited and exhausted to say the least. We partied, attended private views and hosted our own Design Week party all the while exhibiting at the Design Junction at Kings Cross. The festival was a great success and lead us to find new and exciting inspiration for the year ahead.

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With all this excitment we say bring on 2017, the best is yet to come…

Coffee counter inspiration..

Next month we will be opening a coffee hatch in our courtyard which becomes a bit of a sun trap in the summer months.

We’ve spent time pouring over beautiful coffee shops, counters and generally all things coffee related.

Our enthusiasm for coffee definitely exceeds our knowledge so we’ve been seeking out the expertise of Carlo at the Doppio Coffee Warehouse in nearby Kentish Town. The man surely knows his coffee.

We wanted to share with you the kind of coffee shops we’ve been admiring to give you a feel for what’s to come..

coffee counter inspiration

We’ve focused our attention on the small and perfectly formed and in our search we came across the very tiny La Distributrice which is located in the smallest commercial space in Montreal very close to one of the most visited Metro stations. We love the modern graphic look of their shop and branding.

Coffee Counter Inspiration

We love a good bit of functional design here at Future and Found and the Industrial look is finished off nicely with a mug of coffee. This is the interior from a Fabrique cafe, which is one of a series in Stockholm. Their simple no nonsense approach to both coffee and interiors is particularly appealing.

Coffee Counter Inspiration

The About Life Coffee Brewers hole in the wall in Japan has the simple aesthetic that we crave. With the no nonsense menu printed on an exterior wall and a simple bench and shelf to rest your coffee on. They appear to have nailed coffee minimalism.

Coffee counter inspiration

August coffee shop in Wellington, New Zealand not only has a good aesthetic we also admire their approach. Much like the Future and Found shop August is off the beaten track so they aspire to be a destination store. As well as selling great coffee they also offer a exhibition space for fledgling artists and well established businesses alike and keep the look of the space minimal and clean with the coffee machine and art taking centre stage.

We know what we want the coffee counter to look like but would love to hear what you want to drink and eat. Where have you had your best cup of coffee? What is, in your opinion the best snack to accompany a hot cup of coffee? Also, what teas and juices do you love? We are all ears, so do let us know..

Design shops in Stockholm..

We recently went to Formex, the largest show of Nordic interior design, held at the Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm.

As lovers of Scandinavian design this show was right up our street. It was also a great chance for us to meet a couple of the suppliers that we work with, it’s always nice to put a face to a name. A couple of our favourite exhibitors at the show were Camilla Engdahl, Oy Oy and House Doctor.

The show was excellent so we discovered lots of exciting new product. But as first time visitors to Stockholm, what we were really struck by during the trip was the stylish design of the city. Even something as simple and unassuming as a bread shop was a design lovers dream.

We loved the over-sized industrial lamps hanging over the counter top and the large industrial trays that displayed the bread. If only all bakeries looked like this!

If you are ever in Stockholm be sure to visit Fabrique Bakery in Södermalm. If you can’t quite make it to Stockholm you’ll be pleased to hear there is also a Fabrique on Geffrye Street in Shoreditch. We’ll definitely be paying them a visit.

The aptly named REGN (which translates as rain in Swedish) is a shop devoted to handmade raincoats and wellington boots. We loved the confident simplicity of the shop and the stylish black benches outside.

There are so many small design details to spot around the city..

We particularly liked the simple but bold visual merchandising in Granit, a shop that sells brilliant monochromatic basics.

We might have to invest in a label maker! A great way of grouping and pricing all the small things..

Always on the lookout for a creative use of crates.

But our favourite shop had to be Grandpa which sells mens clothing and lifestyle accessories. They had a great mix of vintage and new and used unassuming industrial vintage pieces creatively as fixtures to display their product..

We loved the thoughtful and ingenious way they display their product; balancing bags and shoes on oversized metal letters or using a vintage chest plan to store product. The balance between old and new was perfect and is something we strive to achieve at Future and Found.

Have you been to Stockholm? Which shops, cafes or spaces did you love?

Future and Found Market: Modern Makers

Over a handful of Summer Saturdays our courtyard is transformed into a buzzing marketplace filled with a handpicked collection of some of our favourite designers and makers.

We are passionate about new designers and try to champion their work at every opportunity. The designers and makers selected sell their wares in our courtyard for one day only so it is the perfect opportunity to snap up something new and unique.

Our next market is on Saturday 23rd of August. Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the know. Here’s a little of what you can expect to see at our Modern Makers market…

All the cards made by Cotton Post are printed by hand using a Gocco or custom made stamp. The designs are graphic, modern and perfect for any special event. Expect to see a larger range of well crafted paper goods..

Luke Bishop is a ceramicist who hand throws fine porcelain vessels either utilitarian or sculptural in nature. Expect to see beautiful vessels dipped in bold glazes..

Kangan Arora is a textile designer who draws her inspiration from the vibrant and bright North Indian street culture. Expect to see bold and bright geometric prints on a range of beautifully hand finished textile product…

Inspiration for Autumn 2014..

Before the buying commences for every season we put together a mood board of the look and feel for that time of year.

Everything that is bought, no matter how big or small, has to be checked against the mood board to see if it matches the look and feel that we are striving to create.

This keeps us focused and hopefully keeps the standard of product high and consistent. Here is a selection of images that we are looking at for Autumn.

We don’t know who took this photo but it is reflective of our love of all things yellow. Who doesn’t appreciate a nice yellow gradient.

We love the stop motion animation created by Paris Telex for Farrow and Ball. If you haven’t seen it yet be sure to check it out. We are smitten with their new colours, yellowcake is a particular favourite. The styling in the video is spot on for us; simple, graphic and very visual with a hint of playfulness that we love.

Tableau styled by Mirella Sahetapy, spotted on Remodelista. We love the unconventional mix of colours that you don’t normally see together.

Where would we be without our signature pop of neon? Brilliantly illustrated in the Moor Street Design Studios in Fitzroy, Australia by Clare Cousins. The mix of a calm white and grey interior coupled with bright playful artwork is completely on track for Autumn.

Our Autumn collection has started to arrive, keep your eye on new in over the coming weeks..

 

Beautiful Bathroom on a Budget..

We have recently started working with some new clients who want to transform their new house, which is in desperate need of an update, into a stylish family home. However there’s a lot of work to do so a tight budget is critical for each room. However we’re quietly confident we can help them create somewhere beautiful for less than you’d think.

A real trouble area for them is the bathroom. The current dated bathroom does not reflect the taste of this modern family and it’s lack of storage means that they are not utilising the available space effectively.

Our first suggestion was to open up the bathroom a bit and take up a bit of space from their oddly capacious hallway. A small structural change like this isn’t hugely expensive and will dramatically improve the layout of the space.

We are opting for a simple monochrome look in the bathroom, it is neither overtly masculine or feminine and will not date. We love the idea of having a black shower unit against bright white tiles. Black and white taps and shower heads are now pretty widely available and are not as expensive as you might first think.

As they now have a small toddler in tow storage space throughout the house will be invaluable. It is extremely frustrating to spend time and money creating a gorgeous space to find that it ends up littered with bathroom paraphernalia because there is no where practical to store anything.

So, we have suggested having a vanity unit custom built to make maximum storage space from the small room. This will then hold a stylish and simple square sink in place.

We love the idea of having a simple floating shelf above the sink to display their favourite paintings or prints. Why shouldn’t you have something nice to look at whist relaxing in the tub?

Our clients are very keen on having a hexagonal tile, a nice variation to the metro tile which seems to be the tile of choice these days. In keeping with our monochromatic look we have suggested going for a large black hexagonal tile on the floor and smaller white hexagonal tiles on the walls – both with the same charcoal grouting.

We hope that gives you an insight into the initial planning and ideas stage of this bathroom, we will keep you updated as the project progresses.

What do you think? Do you have any top money saving tips for bathroom design?

The Future and Found Market

Over a handful of summer Saturdays, our courtyard will be transformed into a market place filled with a handpicked collection of designers and makers.

We are passionate about up and coming designers and try to support them and showcase their work at any given opportunity.

Our new home has provided us with ample space to introduce our customers to even more wonderful things and we want to extend this into our outside space.

The designers and makers will be selling their wares in our courtyard for one day only, giving you an excellent opportunity to buy a one off piece directly from the person who designed and made it.

Our first Market launches on Saturday 26th July. Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the know.

Here’s a little peek of what you can expect to see..

Gail Bryson is a designer and screen printer. She has applied her designs to prints and fabric and the effect is equally as impressive. Expect to see gorgeous cushions, wash bags and limited edition prints.

Hannah Bould is a ceramicist who hand throws each and every piece. Mark making by hand means that no two pieces are the same. Expect to see perfect plant pots and beautiful bowls.

Tessa Silva is a woodworker working with British hardwoods. Her spoons are an excellent combination of practicality and sculpture.

 

New Designers: Part Two…

If you read the first post in our series (New Designers: Part One) you’ll know that we have recently been visiting the Business Design Centre in Islington to see the New Designers exhibition.

If you don’t know about New Designers you should really check it out. It is an important exhibition for emerging new design talent, full of innovation and fresh thinking. Over the course of the exhibition 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers will exhibit there.

In Part Two there is a greater focus on product design and furniture and that is the area that captivated our attention the most.

Here are (in our opinion) a few of the names to watch out for…

We loved the Cooper range from Dome Studio, a interdisciplinary design studio based in London. The marble table top on the Copper Table we found particularly pleasing.

Both packaging and finished product are beautifully designed by Charles Parford- Plant, a recent Product Design graduate. Nicely designed flat packed furniture is perfect for small businesses like ours, not only is it easy to send the product out to our online customers, it is also perfect for the customers who visit our Bricks and Mortar shop as they can easily walk away with their purchase.

The Obtineo range by Tom Hutchinson Design is clean and simple. Proudly made by Artisans in the UK, we love the care and attention to detail that has gone into the range.

Head and Haft is a multidisciplinary product, furniture and homeware design and manufacture brand based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Their aim is to produce high quality products with longevity. We particularly like the solid granite top of the Arthur Side Table and the Quake Pendent Lights which are hand turned in Cornwall from solid hardwoods.

Last but not least another one to watch is Tom Robinson, a recent graduate from Nottingham Trent. We love his simple and stylish product design specifically for the office.