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.
by Jo on 19 Mar 2012
If you go down to the woods today, you might be lucky enough to find a teddy bear by heritage manufacturer Steiff, shortlisted in the Classic Toy Category of the Junior Design Awards. Watch this space...
by Jo on 12 Mar 2012
Design Week at Chelsea Harbour saw the launch of new box lights by Davey Lighting. Hand-made at Davey's Birmingham metalworks, the weathered brass lanterns come in all shapes and sizes and can also be supersized for grand projects. We're dreaming of a double fronted Georgian house with a Davey box pendant hanging proudly under the portico...
by Jo on 25 Feb 2012
If you're offended by bad language, please stop reading. If, however, you're childishly amused by repetitive swearing AND you're an interiors buff, you'll love irreverent design blog F**k Your Noguchi Coffee Table. A clever edit of cool interiors photography is given the simple but effective FYNCT treatment, with 'F**k your ikat upholstery' currently running as a particular favourite amongst the blog's growing army of fans. We also enjoyed 'f**ck your empty frames'. Ahem. Follow @FYNCT for a daily dose of furniture funnies.
by Jo on 02 Feb 2012
Perhaps inspired by her recent visit to Paris, Gwynnie has once again posted about her favourite French beauty finds. According to her blog, the squeaky clean actress likes to keep bottles of Compagnie de Provence's fig liquid soap in her kitchen and bathrooms. As do we, Gwyneth, as do we....
by Jo on 02 Feb 2012
Great excitement for Compagnie de Provence at Maison et Objet - Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow visited the stand to tell the team how much she loves their glass-bottled soap. And the Oscar for best new liquid Marseille soap goes to Compagnie de Provence's Extra Pur Violette!
by Jo on 22 Jan 2012
And it's on to Paris for Maison et Objet, visiting clients Original BTC and Davey Lighting. As usual, the stand was buzzing with visitors admiring the latest launches including early prototypes of the new Stanley table lamps. We chatted, we ate and we headed home happy, ready for Spring Fair Birmingham and Ambiente Frankfurt. Whoever said January was supposed to be a quiet month?