by Egle on 07 Dec 2015
Saints alive...as if one Colour of the Year wasn't enough... Pantone have gone and chosen two rather lovely pastel shades. Rose Quartz and the optimistically named Serenity. We'll take them both, thanks. Featuring: Hector table light by Original BTC, Matador two seater sofa by Content by Terence Conran, Pop cushion by Jonathan Adler, Nova Kilim rug by Olli Ella, Aspen armchair by Content by Terence Conran, brushed cotton throws by Ian Mankin.
by Sophia on 04 Dec 2015
We may well have been wrapped up in hats and woolly jumpers but we certainly felt all tropical as we headed outside for the Talking Tables SS16 shoot, styled by the fabulous Selina Lake and photographer, Debi Treloar. We’ve got our eye on the bright pineapple cups, fluorescent animal decorations and we can’t wait for the next party here at Portrait to have an excuse to wear the seriously fun flamingo glasses!
by Jo on 10 Nov 2015
It's only mid-November and already our Christmas has been made with the unveiling of the new Harrods window, featuring the magnificent Steiff for Christian Louboutin teddy bears. The iconic French and German brands teamed up to create these fabulous bespoke bears, featuring the fashion brand's distinctive red sole and an array of bear-y glamorous outfits to match the latest shoe and handbag collections. A truly collaborative effort, the project began with a meeting at Portrait Towers, swiftly followed by the French team heading to Germany to visit the factory to view samples, followed by an array of fantastical ideas from the creative genius himself. Red soles, sparkles and Steiff - what more could a girl want for Christmas?
by Phoebe on 19 Oct 2015
We are over the moon to announce that Olli Ella have been awarded winner of the Best Interiors Collection in the prestigious Junior Design Awards! Congratulations Chloe, Olivia and team – we can’t think of anyone who deserves it more!
by Egle on 16 Sep 2015
And drum roll....the Dulux Colour of the Year 2016 is....Cherished Gold. Almost as lovely as last year's Copper Blush - and a helluva lot better than Pantone's dreaded Addams Family-esque Radiant Orchid, we think this one's got legs... Featuring: Salone sofa Content by Terence Conran, Davey Lighting Diner pendant, Jonathan Adler Mrs Godfrey chair, Nixon rug, Olli Ella Tee Pee basket, Sofa Pronto by Sofas & Stuff Bermondsey sofa, Jonathan Adler alpaca throw, Wild & Wolf Trimphone.
by Sophia on 11 Sep 2015
Bonjour Paris - we hopped across the Channel this week to work at Maison et Objet on the tres glam Jonathan Adler stand. And ooh la la the new collection is magnifique! Our top picks include the swanky Goldfinger apartment sofa, the rustic Antibes collection and the futuristic Ultra table. And we definitely have our eye on the new Jacques bar cart and groovy Malachite barware for the upcoming Christmas season!
by Sophia on 14 Aug 2015
What makes a great Living Etc house? Good bone structure, a well-considered colour scheme, a clever mix of design classics and personal pieces and a touch of humour according to editor Suzanne Imre. And cover star Jonathan Adler’s New York apartment has it all. We were absolutely thrilled to read all TEN pages of the at home feature with Jonathan, husband, Simon Doonan and dog, Foxy Lady in September’s Living Etc. With thanks to Suzanne, Mary Weaver, Amy Wong and Andrea Childs – it has made our month!
by Rachel on 24 Jul 2015
What better way to kick off the weekend than a fabulous feature on our very first client, Original BTC? In the wake of their recent Queen's Award win and tete-a-tete with The Queen, The Telegraph's Design Editor, Talib Choudry, got up close and personal with the British manufacturing group. According to Talib, 'desirable objets with a Made in Britain label and flying off our shelves and it's down to one company' - we couldn't have said it better ourselves!
by Jo on 15 Jul 2015
Did the worst tube strike in a decade - if not history - stop us having yet another storming press show? No, it did not! Big thanks to all those who braved public transport and of course, congratulations to Team Portrait - Rachel, Sophia, Phoebe, Egle, Emma, Jade, Kate and Lizzie - for making this year's show bigger, better and more gorgeous than ever before! We've bid a sad goodbye to our Steiff polar bears, reindeer and penguins and now the real work of gift guides and decorating shoots galore begins. We'll see you all again next year...
by Jo on 07 Jul 2015
The doorbell is ringing every five minutes with couriers heaving crates of goodies, the gift and decorating guides have gone to print and the Steiff animals have flown in from Germany ready to be transported to the Vinyl Factory for our press show this Thursday. Can you spot the small creature of German origin who'll be travelling in by taxi, rather than cardboard box?