Styling Inspiration..

It is so easy to let product photography become boring and staid or opt for uninspiring cut-out photography.

We love thinking of new and innovative ways to shoot our products and as we head into a new season we are excited about the prospect of introducing some new approaches and playful ideas.

Here are some of the things we have been looking at. For more like this take a look at our Pinterest boards.

Find out more about our product photography and branding..

 

New Designers: Part One..

We recently visited the Business Design Centre in Highbury and Islington to see part one of The New Designers exhibition and we were really impressed by what we saw, this year felt really fresh and exciting. Here are some of our top spots..

We loved this melted plastic bowl by Samon Yechi an African inspired artist. All the products are made by hand incorporating a large range of art and textile disciplines.

These geometric printed designs stood out for us, designed by Anna Petrie a Textile and Surface Designer who is about to graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Her designs are drawn from the geometric shapes found in the urban environment.

This ‘Unearthed’ collection was launched by Sevak Argarian for New Designers. The surface pattern is made up of small pieces of coloured porcelain that are dispersed throughout the body of the objects. They are then sanded and finished to make a tactile surface. Resembling a tube floor in a very good way, we are smitten.

The bright, bold and eccentric work of Esme Fenton really caught our eye. Esme is currently studying Textile Design at Central St Martins.

Amy Pegler is another Textile Designer who grabbed us, Amy specialises in silk screen printing we loved the geometric layering that she creates within her work.

The understated simplicity and muted colours of Isatu Hyde‘s work was a pleasure to behold. Isatu centres her work around functional, domestic objects being very interested in ‘pleasure in use’.

A complete contrast to the previous designer we loved the work of Elly Maddock, the playfulness and humour in her designs makes for really engaging work.

The flat topped shapes created by Theo Adamson particularly appealed to us. The variations of markings on his work are an abstraction of African tribal body painting. Through the work Theo explores how your cultural heritage informs and transforms the person you become.

The delicate forms and details that Surface Designer Katie Thomas managed to achieve in concrete we found truly remarkable. You just want to reach out and touch it.

It was great to catch up with Taz Pollard, a ceramic designer and sculptor who we already have the pleasure of working with. We are completely in love with these neon dipped pop bottle bowls.

Did you go to New Designers? Whose work stood out for you?

We shall be popping in to see part two soon, watch this space..

 

 

 

 

Creative Office Space..

We have started work on our first commercial property which is a really exciting move for us and a new challenge to sink our teeth into.

The office spans two floors and is in desperate need of a revamp. The space is outmoded and no longer works for the staff, they are clambering over furniture to get to their desks and weave clients through a maze of desks to get to a meeting room. They have nowhere to relax and eat their lunches so currently, like so many of us, eat in front of their computers. They are also in need of a shower as many of them cycle to work and run in their lunch breaks and they desperately need a kitchen update.

We strongly believe that an office should be an enjoyable place to spend time in. It should be calm and organised allowing for maximum productivity and should create oodles of enthusiasm and creativity. It’s hard to muster up a ‘can do attitude’ when faced with chaos.

One thing we noticed during our first visit was the lack of branding. At present there is no branding, anywhere. At a glance it would be hard to tell who they are or what they do which is so important. Branding is one area in which you can be really playful by just thinking outside the box..

We love this huge quote painted on the front of an office building. The text you use doesn’t have to be limited to the company slogan. It can be a quote that sums up what you are striving to achieve or the atmosphere you want to create. In short, anything that matters to the business.

We love the idea of putting the logo on the ceiling, it is playful and unobtrusive whilst still giving a definitive stamp on the space.

Another way to incorporate the branding into the space is to use the company colours..

There are several industrial details in the building and being industrial enthusiasts we want to draw attention to these. And what better way than painting the visible pipes in the colours of the brand. Sadly, our budget won’t stretch to a multi-coloured array of pipes but, we think we can get away with one single colour.

Another, really nice way to use and play with colour is to apply blocks of it within the space..

It is not often that you see a brightly painted door. By using blocks of colour you can subtly keep the branding running consistently throughout the building.

We will keep you updated as the project progresses, we are currently in the process of sifting through our ideas and figuring out the ones that will work best.

Our Peg Wall..

We get so many compliments about our peg wall that we thought it was high time to devote a blog post to it…

After scouring the internet for display inspiration, prior to moving to the new shop, we came across an array of ideas that we loved. We have always admired the simplicity, adaptability and organisation provided by a peg wall. The charm, for those of us who get bored a little too easily, is that it can be transformed quickly and painlessly.

This more traditional peg wall is prolific and can be found in many design shops. It is adaptable in the home and makes a great fixture to house and also display kitchen products. But for our space, we wanted something visually simpler.

We came across this Japanese inspired shoot from the Dutch magazine VTwonen. The styling is so beautiful and considered. It works perfectly for an intelligent yet playful display and provided the inspiration for our peg wall.

Building the peg wall was no mean feat, it is simple and beautiful because it is perfect. Our builders had to build over the existing bumpy surface of the old wall to make a completely flat and even surface to build in the pegs, this took time and quite a lot of head scratching.

If the idea of anything that involved fills you with dread don’t fret. We have found a very helpful blog post on Design Sponge, with easy steps to make your own peg wall at home.

Here’s a peg wall to make you go cross-eyed, shelves constructed entirely out of pegs. Something to please any peg wall enthusiast.

 

 

Clerkenwell Design Week: A few of our favourite things..

As you may already know Clerkenwell is home to several creative businesses and architects. To celebrate the rich and diverse community CDW has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands. In a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special exhibitions taking place across the area.

One of our favourite places to visit during the festival is the Farmiloe Building, an industrial monolith, and a Clerkenwell landmark.

Until April 1999, the Farmiloe building was the headquarters of George Farmiloe & Sons lead and glass merchants. During the companies heyday, in the first half of the twentieth century, they supplied a variety of materials to the building trade including paint, brasswork and sanitary ware.

Due to the weight of these items stored in the warehouse the Farmiloes required an unusually strong building with the latest wrought iron beam technology. That is why the building is so strong and substantial.

We love the industrial details that you can spot here and there, and the fact that nothing is hidden. It reminds you that you are in a building that had a job and was built for purpose. It’s nice to be somewhere with a bit of history and character.

We also spotted some very exciting products this year. Here’s a selection of our favourites..

We loved these very simple stools with colour blocked legs.

Could there be a more ideal chair? We spotted this beauty from afar and found it’s round little form very appealing. It can also be weather-proofed so is able to live outside as well as in.

We found the form of these lampshades very appealing and we loved the soft neutral tones.

Did you go to CDW? What did you love?

 

 

Succulents: The plant of steel

May we introduce you to the succulent… quite honestly the least demanding plant we have ever met and almost impossible to kill. They need very little watering and do not need to be deadheaded or pandered to like some other plants we could mention.

When we began looking for plants to sell in our new courtyard, succulents fit all the criteria we set. Easy to maintain, fuss free, simple and beautiful.

We have fallen in love with their compact and structurally beautiful little forms and were completely sold on the idea when seeing the plants in neat little rows at the flower market. We just can’t resist a good bit of organisation.

Contrary to popular belief they survive just as well indoors as outdoors. Although it is a good idea to take them in during a frost as this can lead them to turn a little bit mushy.

They have adapted to live in dry and arid conditions hence their satisfyingly fleshy little leaves. This means that they will not whither and die if you forget to water them for a couple or even several days.

So, do pop round to our new shop and check out these little beauties for yourself. You can buy them with or without their own ceramic pot.

And as Spring turns to Summer we will be expanding our botanical palette and will be sourcing and selecting new plants so do keep checking in to see what we have in stock.

If you are interested in all things green do have a look at our new Pinterest board which will give you an idea of the types of plants and flowers we will be selling through the coming months.

 

Future and Found: The journey so far…

From humble beginnings… may we present to you the very first photo of our shop unit before we waved our magic grey wand over it.

This Saturday, the 29th March, marks the second birthday of our shop in Tufnell Park. We can barely believe it, but this little shop has served us well for two whole years.

We thought that in light of this anniversary, it would be a great time to take a look back and see where we have come from…

Future and Found was founded by Andrea Bates, launching online late in 2011 and then opening the Bricks and Mortar shop in the Spring of 2012. Andrea has been described by The Sunday Times as a ‘seasoned tastemaker’ working for high profile brands such as Jamie Oliver, Paperchase and Heal’s before setting up on her own.

Then in the Summer of 2013 we decided our branding and website design needed a refresh. We commissioned the fabulous design agency Horse with the task and think they have done an amazing job. The website was relaunched in November 2013 and has received a great deal of attention and praise from the press including Design Milk, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Elle Decoration and Living etc to name a few.

As our brand has grown in popularity both online and from the bricks and mortar shop, so has the need for space. Our little shop unit is literally bursting at the seams so it’s time to move on.

In the Spring of 2013 Andrea fell in love with an old, forgotten industrial building just around the corner from our current shop in Tufnell Park.  After much persuading, planning, building work, making lists that would make your eyes sting and many sleepless nights we are finally in the process of relocating there.

This is one of the very first photos we took of the new space before it’s major sprucing up. Find out more about the building and it’s progress in previous blog posts.

This amazing building will house our interior design studio, our new shop space and it’s courtyard will house flowers, plants and outdoor furniture. It is an exciting time for us and really want to share it with you.

Here’s a mood board to give you an idea of the look and feel of the new space.

So, if you’re in the area this Saturday, do pop into the shop and we can tell you more about what we’re getting up to. Plus, in celebration of our 2nd birthday we will be giving away free tote bags with every purchase.

Progress at our new home..

The builders have been making some good progress on our new home so we thought that it was time for a update. The building’s exterior is starting to take shape.. (try to look past the general building paraphernalia).

Here is a first look at the entranceway which is what you will see from street level. By the time we open it will be looking a little more enticing and full of gorgeous goods to tempt you inside.

The block paving is starting to go down and will extend from street level right through the entire courtyard to really open up the outdoor space we have.

                                              

The external lighting is now in place. We have gone for understated industrial light fittings to be hung underneath the archway, lighting the way to our beautiful new shop space.

From our courtyard, we’ll be selling an edited selection of plants and flowers which is another exciting first for us…

The plants and flowers we will be selling will be simple, stylish and very importantly low-maintenance. We are advocates of laid back gardening and flower arranging so therefore demand hardy plants. Green fingers these are not…

Here’s a few snaps of what the building is currently looking like. We’d love to hear what you think…

Sensing spaces at The Royal Academy

As we are currently designing a space ourselves and as we spend our days redesigning the spaces of others we thought it was imperative for us to visit the Sensing spaces exhibition at The Royal Academy. To gather ideas and inspiration and try to think about space differently.

The show is a collection of work from the most creative architectural minds from around the world. Seven architectural practices from six countries have come to the RA to give us a new perspective on architecture and how we view space with a series of large scale installations.

It is a very interactive exhibition and relies on the participation of the viewer, we are encouraged to think about the bigger questions in response to architecture, how does a space make us feel? What does architecture do for our lives?

Here’s a small selection of what we saw and what we thought. If you have seen it we’d love to know what you think as well.

When first walking in we were greeted with a vast wooden structure that resembles a house on very tall stilts. The legs house big spiral staircases that you can clamber up to stand on the top. The staircases are beautiful structures in themselves.Totally spherical and very satisfying to look at.

This straw structure is truly incredible and really interactive, people are encouraged to build on what others have left behind with brightly coloured plastic straws, knitted and knotted together.

The glowing floor on this structure made for an eerie atmosphere, it’s so interesting that by changing one element you can completely transform the mood of a space.

This piece was a favourite, monolithic structures that resembled concrete but were made from something much lighter were suspended from the ceiling and had different coloured spotlights projected on different corners. Completely awe inspiring.

This structure is made of thin strips of bamboo attached together over spotlights resembling curling smoke.

We can thoroughly recommend the exhibition and found it really exciting, particularly the use of light and the interesting experience of travelling though different rooms with contrasting atmospheres.

 

Ideas and inspiration.. our small but perfectly formed kitchen

Moving on to the next room of the Future and Found flat we find ourselves in the kitchen. The kitchen design is compact with clean minimal lines, we wanted to keep the space as open as possible in a bid to try and not disrupt the flow of the overall space.

The kitchen is located at the furthest wall of the open plan first floor, some of this wall being taken up by the small downstairs bathroom, so space is limited. To have achieved a larger kitchen, would have meant switching to an L shape which would break up the space and being greeted with an unattractive cupboard-end when walking into the space.

As it is a multifunctional living space we don’t want the kitchen to scream kitchen. We’ve designed the space so that all the kitchen appliances are integrated (this means that they are behind closed doors) to make the space feel clean, simple and streamlined without the regular kitchen clutter to distract your eye.

We’ve customised a drawer unit under the sink as opposed to a cupboard space that is historically stuffed full of cleaning products. This maximises the storage capacity of tiny area. All the units are a bright clean white and the work top will be grey.

We have opted for a simple white tap which will complement the white tiles and grey grout behind.

A perfect example of an integrated kitchen with a white tap.

A kitchen with complementary tap and tiles and contrasting grey grout.

There will be a single pendant light, above the dining table. Specifically the E27 pendant light by Muuto which we will also be selling in the shop and online. This will create a focal point and an area of activity within the large open plan room.

The lighting has been separated into three circuits, again to create specific areas of activity. One covers the living space, one the kitchen and one the pendant over the dining area. All three are on dimmer switches so the mood can be made more intimate / cosy when required.

As you will see from the quick snaps below there is still a long way to go with this floor but it’s definitely getting there!