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.
Last week Andrea flew out to India with our designer friend and colleague, Gail Bryson along with one of our favourite clients. The aim was to get thoroughly inspired and work on some fantastic product development with a selection of factories we had chosen to visit. Both aims were achieved.
Here a few snaps of their colourful travels to give you a little insight into how the week was spent. We are wishing we had some of that gorgeous sunshine over here!
After 15 years designing for the likes of Conran Shop, Heals and Jamie Oliver, Gail Bryson has gone back to her printing roots, creating a limited-edition range of hand-made geometric screen prints.
“I wanted to get away from my computer where I have done so much of my work in recent years and get messy in the print room again,” said Gail. “Surprises and accidents happen in the print room and I love the excitement of seeing how things turn out, and the fact that each piece I create is truly unique.”
We asked her a few questions to find out a little bit more…
Where is your hometown and where are you based now?
My hometown is Newcastle Upon Tyne but I have been living and working in London for the last 16 years, excluding a short stint in New York.
Describe your range/ collection in three words
Colourful, playful & graphic
Briefly describe your design process
Each project is different, but with my screen prints the ideas start in my notebook. Once the ideas are down on paper, I then work them up on the computer.
In the print room I experiment with colour, and lay images on top of each other, so the designs usually develop; the final outcome usually looks quite different to the initial idea. My favourite print was an accident; it started going wrong but I just went with it, and made it up as I went along. It’s a one-off, as I could never replicate it.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I love scouring vintage markets and car boot sales, both at home and when I travel. I also take loads of photos on my phone when I’m out and about, and they spark ideas for designs and colour.
What home ware item could you not do without?
My Italian Bialetti coffee pot. I’m a bit of a coffee addict.
What would surprise people about you?
I’ve just joined a rowing club. I row every weekend on the River Lea. It’s a great way to blow away the cobwebs from the week, and get some exercise in the outdoors.
What is your current obsession?
What is your favourite object at home?
My dining table that my Grandfather made in the 50’s. It was my Mums kitchen table when she was growing up and my kitchen table when I was growing up. She gave it to me to use a desk when I was at school, and it followed me to London. It’s well worn and very sentimental to me, and has seen lots of happy times and good food served on it.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently doing up my new studio which is a project in itself. Also I’m working on a new range of printed linen cushions, more screen prints, and bed linen for Pedlars. I’m also working on some packaging projects for John Lewis and Space NK with designer Tamsin Loxley, she’s a good friend and we work together a lot.
What is on your bedside table?
A vintage 50’s Habitat light designed by Terence Conran (who was my first boss), a glass of water and the Born to Run by Christopher McDougal (it’s been sat there for a while).