by Cosmo Brockway on 09 Apr 2015
Indigo, cobalt, navy....it's blue, blue, blue everywhere we look in the interiors stratosphere at the moment. And we love it. Stylist Max Egger has conjured up a whimsical delight with his shoot for the May issue of World of Interiors and transformed Ian Mankin wallcoverings into glorious shades atop covetable lamp bases of various persuasions. Blue blazes!
by Sophia on 02 Apr 2015
There have been some sweet treats this week for the Portrait team! Jonathan Adler shared his design tips over a DPS with Ollie Stallwood in Metro’s ‘Moves’ supplement. Country Life’s bumper interiors special got the inside story on the new Sofas & Stuff Liberty-covered chair and Original BTC Globe lights, while Ian Mankin’s Kintyre Check was highlighted as a canine-friendly fabric of desire. ES magazine got a candy crush on Talking Tables’ treat bags. The Guardian Online served up some calorie-free treats with Steiff in an Easter gift guide. And finally, but certainly not least, the Metro foodie team ‘heart’ Wild & Wolf’s bright Mr Men & Little Miss egg cups – phew! Have a cracking Easter all, and we’ll see you on Tuesday 7th April.
by Cosmo on 01 Apr 2015
Peckham was the port of call for our latest Ian Mankin lifestyle shoot. Stylist Claudia Bryant whipped up a nautical smorgasboard of fresh blue and peony hues with summer dining and living given a dash of coastal, as well as sharp pink, red and black schemes for bedroom and kitchen - truly marvellous!
by Rachel on 01 Apr 2015
The clocks went forward, the sun came out, and all of us at Portrait Towers had a spring in our step... Especially when we saw this weekend's Sunday Times Home, with not one but two clients in this cheerful ode to the new season's collections. Sofas & Stuff's yellow Fowey sofa and Original BTC's yellow Titan pendant, created to celebrate its 25th anniversary, have definitely banished our winter blues. Not that we have anything against blue.
With thanks to Katrina Burroughs.
by Sophia on 19 Mar 2015
A big thank you to Country & Townhouse editor, Lucy Cleland, for the fabulous three page feature with our favourite American potter, designer and author, Jonathan Adler - this has truly made our week!
In the April issue, Jonathan shares his inside tips on everything from design and interiors to his must-visit shops and restaurants in his home city of New York, and across the pond here in London, where he has two stores. He even gave our locale, Notting Hill, a shout out, as a stop-off on his ‘perfect London day’!
by Rachel on 13 Mar 2015
Original BTC and Davey Lighting made the most of their Focus display window at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour by showcasing their superb range of Rise & Fall pendants - the workhorses of the lighting world. The display included bone china, prismatic glass, polished copper, brushed steel and polished aluminium pendants - a testament to the Original BTC Group's manufacturing skills here in the UK.
by Cosmo Brockway on 12 Mar 2015
Over 500 brands launched SS15 collections at London Design Week during the six-day event this week. Portrait were on hand with client Original BTC, who showcased their fabulous rise and fall lighting range, and enjoyed it all thoroughly.
With our trend-spotting hats firmly in place, we threw ourselves into the fray and noted the following themes - tropical and spring greens were in abundance alongside cool pastels and striking animal prints - in fact the whole building resembled a rather chic Noah's ark with topiary giraffes playfully adorning the atriums.
Best event award goes to the Masterpiece/World of Interiors party at the Design Club - we are already looking forward to the next round in September.
by Phoebe on 09 Mar 2015
We were over the moon when we opened Baby London this month! Our lovely bespoke Steiff teddy bear was the star of the show in an 11 page Royal-inspired shoot. Our favourite shot can be seen left, which also features the adorable Nutcracker teddy bear.
by Cosmo Brockway on 02 Mar 2015
It was a case of 'the more the merrier' this Monday morning here at Portrait Towers as we opened the weekend’s papers and came across page…after page…after page of glorious client coverage tumbling into view (with accompanying cries of delight). Whether it was pastel sidetables from Content by Terence Conran splashed across The Sunday Express’ S Magazine or Jonathan Adler’s Lucite Amoeba sculpture above Sofas & Stuff’s zingy tangerine Alwinton sofa in The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine (or Wild & Wolf’s new birdhouse singing on ‘Stella Loves..’ ) we didn’t know where to look first…weekends like this make all the hard work truly worthwhile and we even broke out the chocolates to continue the feast!
by Rachel Mackinnon on 26 Feb 2015
Portrait is proud to announce that the Original BTC Group has been selected for The Leap 100, a new initiative from City AM newspaper and Mishcon de Reya solicitors, identifying the top 100 fastest growing, most exciting companies to watch in the UK.
The Group, which comprises lighting brands Original BTC, Davey Lighting and Beadlight, plus Branksome China, English Antique Glass and Bowles & Bowles furniture, works tirelessly to launch new brands and rescue struggling heritage brands and factories here in the UK. MD Peter Bowles and Director/son Charlie design and manufacture the Group's products at their own factories in Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and Oxfordshire.
Having recently opened their first international showroom in Paris and welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron at their Oxfordshire HQ, Messrs Bowles clearly deserve the accolade!