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!
by Sophia on 19 Feb 2015
We were very excited to get a sneak preview of the cover of Selina Lake’s new book ‘Winter Living’, featuring Talking Tables honeycomb decs! The giant hanging bauble cluster looks particularly dramatic and we love the metallic and cream honeycombs tied to the chairs. This will be Selina’s sixth book and we’re looking forward to reading it when it officially launches in Autumn 2015.
by Rachel Mackinnon on 09 Feb 2015
We were particularly thrilled by You Magazine's glamorous Hollywood shoot this weekend - Team Portrait tried to play 'Spot the Jonathan Adler cocktail table and chair'.... But unfortunately the game was a little too easy... With thanks to stylist Nicole Gray.
by Sophia on 26 Jan 2015
We headed across the Channel to Paris last week, where American designer, author and potter Jonathan Adler was showcasing his groovy new SS15 collection at Maison et Objet. Think Jackie O in Capri meets Halston’s 70s Olympic Tower apartment – and you have some serious glamour going on. We’re très excited about the luxe Hayworth settee, the tough allure of the Jacques pendant, the twinkly classique Malachite vases in purple and teal, the crafty Danish-inspired fish bowls, and the surreal giant lucite hand – after all doesn’t everyone need an objet in their life? We can’t wait for the new collection to drop here in the UK over the coming months.
by Sophia on 13 Jan 2015
We were super excited to check out the Wild & Wolf newness at Top Drawer. We have our green fingers on The Thoughtful Gardener range – our top picks are the classic plant mister and the ever-so-chic bug motel. For a more retro look, there are three V&A prints from the museum archives in a fabulous mid-century palette of mustard, turquoise and green on new garden tools, pots and home accessories. For mini gardeners, check out the Little Thoughtful Gardener’s paint-your-own bird house and feeder sets, a fork and trowel, and a super stylish apron and gloves to make sure aspiring Rachel de Thame’s look the part. Coming indoors, we also got a sneak preview of the new Mini Moderns range, launching in May, featuring colourful enamel accessories for the kitchen. SS15 is certainly looking bold, bright and beautiful over at Wild & Wolf!
by Rachel on 22 Dec 2014
The Portrait team would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The very best from Jo, Rachel, Sophia, Cosmo, Lucy, Shaz, Jade - plus newest team member Max (currently 11 weeks old), and of course Archie, who can't wait to get back in the saddle after his enforced maternity leave.
See you in 2015!
Team Portrait x
by Rachel on 03 Dec 2014
Congratulations to Sofas & Stuff who have opened their latest showroom (yes, 12 and counting...) in central Manchester. The Mondrian-esque showroom, on the waterfront in Dearman's Place, is the upholstery specialist's biggest showroom to date, spread over 2 floors chock-full of British-made sofas, armchairs, dining furniture and beds. Jane la Valle and Tina Reilly, the Store Directors, have been busy making the place look fabulous and stocking up on coffee, toys and the Sunday papers for visitors to really make themselves comfortable. Watch this space for showroom number 13, coming to Haggerston in SS15....
by Sophia on 02 Dec 2014
It may be Christmas in the shops - but Spring is most definitely in the air here at Portrait. We headed outside this week for the SS15 Talking Tables press shoot, working with the fabulously talented stylist Selina Lake and photographer Debi Treloar. It may have only hit 5 degrees, but our tropical-style garden party warmed us up, with hanging pineapples, colourful Mexicana plates and pretty parasols in our drinks.
It was super exciting to see all the SS15 newness – our top pick though was a beautifully romantic cake stand, new to the Truly Scrumptious range. Spring is certainly looking bright at Talking Tables!
by Cosmo Brockway on 20 Nov 2014
The excitement of a fresh season rippled through the recent SS15 Sofas & Stuff photoshoot with glamorous pastel hued velvets and linens singing on a host of new sofas & armchairs. Stylist extraordinaire Claudia Bryant choreographed a pitch-perfect collection of images assisted by Astrid Munoz and we think you will be as seduced as we are - watch this space!
by Rachel on 13 Oct 2014
What a day for father-and-son team Peter and Charlie Bowles and the staff of the Original BTC Group, who welcomed no other than the Prime Minister to the Group's Witney HQ last week. David Cameron, in his constituency, toured the showroom and factory floor with Messrs Bowles, talking to staff and discussing the Group's tireless efforts to help save British industry.
Mr Cameron said: "I was delighted to visit Original BTC’s factory in my constituency. The Group, which has remained at the forefront of the industry, is a fantastic example of what can be achieved in a difficult economic climate. I know how much hard work has been put in by Peter and all the staff and it is great to see the rewards of these efforts.” Deserved praise indeed.
To cap it all, Mr Cameron was presented with an iconic Task table light in black, designed by Peter, which Downing Street has confirmed now sits proudly on the Prime Minister's desk.
Portrait is pleased as punch to have a client with such dedication to the preservation of British manufacturing - and to getting a direct quote from the PM for our blog.