by Jo on 01 Sep 2012
To Harrods and the newly revamped toy floor, a particularly personal trip. Visits to the Harrods Toy Kingdom were a childhood highlight and a beeline was always made straight to the Steiff shelves. Gorillas, hippos, giraffes - the more exotic, the better. And nobody does it better than Steiff.
To visit the amazing new Steiff department - the largest in London - was pure joy. Teddies poke out from behind wooden lattice windows, while giant studio animals - strong enough to take the weight of an adult - are a delight to behold.
Childhood visits to see the Steiff animals were window shoopping only, so knowing that we have boxfuls in the office to play with is a dream come true! It's not often a shopping experience makes you feel like a child again, but this one is pretty special...
by Jo on 20 Aug 2012
A fabulous photoshoot for Davey Lighting has resulted in some serious lifestyle envy. Is it ok to want to move house, just for a pendant light?
It was also our first look at the new furniture collection by the house of Davey Lighting and Original BTC: a collection of metal desks and tables, based on traditional mesh school lockers manufactured in the brand's Birmingham metalworks. Straight from the factory, the prototypes were the stars of our recent press show, with the glossy copper dining table and distressed industrial-look desk vying for centre stage. Watch this space for news...
by Jo on 17 Jul 2012
What could be more reasurring in times of turmoil than armfuls of Steiff toys? Nothing, according to Suri Cruise, who on a recent trip to FAO Schwarz stocked up animals by the heritage German manufacturer. Suri's choice? A mohair pug from the collector's range (how grown up!) plus a cuddly plush unicorn. As a toy shop aficionado, no doubt Suri is pestering mother Katie Holmes for a trip to London to visit the newly revamped Harrods Toy Kingdom. One of the largest projects ever taken on by the department store, we can't wait to pay the new Steiff section a visit...
by Jo on 02 Jul 2012
The stock has been ordered, the goody bag gifts are rolling in and we're getting set for the biggest and best Portrait press show ever! Taking place on Thursday 12th July at the 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove, there'll be room sets galore with a sneak preview of British manufactured furniture by Original BTC as well as other Brit brands including Content by Conran and Sofas & Stuff. Gifts and home accessories include gold sequinned bears by heritage manufacturer Steiff, a new V&A collection from Wild & Wolf, the chicest presents for pooches by LoveMyDog and plenty more besides...please RSVP!
by Jo on 30 Jun 2012
There's little we like more than a good lifestyle photoshoot and they've been coming thick and fast this year! Four days shooting the Talking Tables Christmas catalogued, styled by the lovely Emma Morton-Turner followed by three days for Sofas Stuff styled by the very talented Claudia Bryant. We think this living room is the picture of Autumnal sophistication...watch this space for the results of last week's Original BTC and Davey Lighting shoot including a sneak peek of the British manufacturer's new furniture collection...
by Jo on 16 Jun 2012
Last night we popped along to the opening of Bombay Duck's first ever retail space, a pop up shop in Westfied White City. Cupcakes were eaten, pretty things were bought and a good time was had by all.
by Jo on 21 May 2012
We were delighted - but not overly surprised - to find out that Steiff's jointed plush teddy bear has won 'Best Classic Toy' in Junior magazine's Design Awards. Having created the world's first teddy bear in 1902, Steiff's know-how and technical expertise is unsurpassed. For over 100 years, Steiff teddies have been renowned as the finest in the world. An integral part of toy history, famous Steiff bears include Growler, owned by the son of EH Shepard and the inspiration for Sheperd's Winnie the Pooh illustrations.
The Steiff teddy bear is probably the world's only toy still being manufactured in the country of its birthplace, by the company that invented it. And for that, we feel the award is more than well-deserved.
by Jo on 22 Apr 2012
A big welcome to new client, upholstery specialist Sofas & Stuff. With all sofas hand-made in Nottingham and house fabrics woven in Lancashire, Sofas & Stuff is passionate about British manufacturing. They're passionate about sofas and chairs, of course, as well as other stuff too - including beds, a range of which are launching very, very soon. Watch this space...you are about to get very, very sleepy...
by Jo on 06 Apr 2012
It's been a little while since Archie the Portrait Pup graced these pages. So for all the sausage lovers out there, here he is enjoying a little Easter culture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Archie may or may not have lifted his leg on the Henry Moore....
by Jo on 01 Apr 2012
Portrait puppy Archie will have to be kept well away from the beautiful hand-tufted rugs from flooring specialist Top Floor. We're delighted to be expanding our portfolio of Chelsea Harbour Design Centre clients and look forward to sinking our teeth (and feet) into Top Floor's luxurious designs.