by Jo on 05 Oct 2012
It's been a long time since Archie the Portrait pup made an appearance on these pages. Having a dog in the office isn't just fun and games - he's here to get jobs done, too. Keeping up morale, providing cuddles and assisting with mailings, it's all in a day's work for the media hound. Sumaia, our fab intern, was struggling with our Christmas mailing to supplements and weeklies. She's more than capable, of course, but the job was a little joyless until Archie stepped in and used her bent leg as a resting place whilst he chewed on his toy giraffe. Dachshunds, giraffes, elephants - it's animal crackers here at Portrait...
by Jo on 27 Sep 2012
As London Design Festival draws to a close, we're back in our comfy shoes and musing over all the changes. Design Junction was perhaps the biggest news of the Festival, with eager design fans, manufacturers and retailers eager to see how the fair would fare. And it fared exceedingly well. Inspiring brands, well laid-out in a blank canvas industrial space, with a buzzy but casual atmosphere. Not to mention the pop-up Canteen restaurant, Danish bar and gelato stall. Forget the usual cardboard sarnies - there's nothing like pie and mash to get you in the mood for some serious mooching. Here's Content by Conran's stand, showcasing a new collaboration with Brit fabric specialist Moon.
by Jo on 11 Sep 2012
We've just returned from a tres successful Maison et Objet. The newly redesigned Original BTC/ Davey Lighting stand was bombarded with buyers from around the world. From Hong Kong to Delhi and beyond, retailers, interior designers and architects were snapping up the British lighting manufacturer's goodies. Closer to home, the French capital's coolest concept store, Merci, also stocked up on lights, including Original BTC's classic bone china Hector.
It was also the first chance to show buyers the new furniture brand from the house of Original BTC. The mesh school lockers, desks and coffee tables provoked great excitement - coming very, very soon...
by Jo on 03 Sep 2012
We're over the moon to be working with home and gift brand Brissi. As long-term admirers/ keen Brissi shoppers, we couldn't ask for much more this Christmas. From upholstery, cabinet furniture and lighting to dining, entertaining and oh-so-covetable gifts, all come in a signature colour pallete of greys, whites and neutrals, making it easy-peasy to acheive Brissi's laid back-glamour. On our wishlists? The fluted glass bon bon jars, fringed parrot lamp and double champagne bucket. We think this calls for a drink.
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.