Inspirational Workshop | Chapter One

It’s easy these days to find beautiful, inspiring pictures of homes but not so easy to know where to buy the featured furniture or homeware from.

So, we’re here to help.  Our inspirational workshops feature an edit of our favourite pieces per trend and per room so you can now be inspired and shop at the same time, all in one place.

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Industrial Sophistication | Colombia 2017

At the beginning of the month we flew to Medellin in Colombia.  Two of our close friends were getting married out there – a Scotsman met a Colombian girl circa 2010 and the Celtic/Spanish fusion was born!
Whilst the focus of the trip was the Wedding, we couldn’t help but be inspired by the vibrant, fun and original colour combinations and patterns used to adorn the houses, walls and pavements of Colombian streets.

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New Year, New Trends. Hello 2017

After a busy couple of months attending Maison & Objet in Paris and the Stockholm Furniture & Lighting Fair, we are back and ready to share our trend round up!
Colour, colour, colour…for 2017 there is a key shift in colour.  Yes the neutrals are here to stay (we still love grey!) but there are two new ways to style and update your scheme.  
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The Biggest Startup Saturday!

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Emma Jones

Thanks to Emma Jones MBE and her team at Enterprise Nation we attended the Biggest Startup Saturday at the weekend.

Aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs it was really insightful to meet and hear about the different business ideas other attendees had.  There was a real sense of creative energy in the room.  If you’ve never attended anything like this we thought it might be helpful to share our experience..

Narrated by Emma (who we have to say could sideline as a stand up comedian, she is simply brilliant) the day was made up of a series of talks from professionals in the industry who unlike other events where it feels like a sales pitch, simply offered their expertise and how best to apply their advice to our own businesses. Whether it be tips on website design and function, social media marketing, financing or just working smartly using apps and tools to facilitate your productivity, each speaker brought a different angle to the day and provided relevant resources to take away.

What better way to get face-to-face expert advice from people who are either experts in the industry or have been through the start up process and have survived their first year or two in business.  We were introduced to a panel of previous ‘students’ from the workshop – all of whom shared their story, the hurdles they have overcome and the relationships that have strengthened as a result of building a trusted network around you.  

We left feeling inspired and ever more determined to get our site launched by the end of this year.  With the ‘beg, borrow and barter’ mantra installed by Emma, we think we may well achieve it!

someday sofas – designed and made in Britain

We’ve been working on our new sofa collection – one of our favourite tasks!  It’s such an enjoyable and exciting process to share our designs and vision with our makers and together create beautiful pieces of furniture. 

So on Tuesday, we travelled up from our London studio to our workshop, which is based in the capital of British upholstery – Long Eaton.  Here, you’ll find a hub of successful furniture manufacturers using long established techniques by the most skilled set of craftsmen.  Our workshop has over 20 years experience and prides itself on handcrafted, quality manufacturing.  From design through to frame making or the hand-sewn finishes, there is a person behind each process.  It’s always very humbling to meet such talented people, so specialised in what they do and working with such pride.

At the beginning of the day we shared our designs and talked in detail about each piece and how best to interpret our vision.  From there, we met with the makers to discuss the frames, arm detailing and the desired level of ‘sit’ – this is very important to us, every sofa needs to look great and at the same time be the most comfortable seat in the house.

We spent the rest of the day in the fabric room.  This can often be the hardest part!  With so many fabric houses, finishes, colours and textures to choose from it can be an overwhelming experience.  Often this decision making process is left up to the customer.   However, unlike other retailers we want to take the time to edit the choice of fabrics making the shopping experience as smooth as possible for our customers.  They can rely on the experts to select which fabrics work best on each sofa, leaving them to simply decide which colour (from a choice of colours) works best with their interior scheme.  Our customers can shop confidently, knowing that at each stage we have taken a very thoughtful and considered approach to all our designs.

With the day drawing to a close and a cup of tea in hand, we had a great sense of satisfaction.  We thrive on the creative process and feel proud to support and work with British artisans.   We are excited to see the first set of samples, to finally ‘meet’ our designs and further review, tweak and perfect the details before introducing each piece to our customers.