14 Apr 2011
A news story on Grazia.co.uk tickled our fancy - 'Karl's many Kollaborations' featured a row of Karl doppelgangers alongside a list of the Kaiser's top 'kollaborations', including the too-cool-for-school Karl bear by Steiff in his mini sunglasses and signature black jacket and jeans.
13 Apr 2011
And just next door, the Original BTC factory, where components from Birmingham and Stoke on Trent are sent for assembly.
Here's a collection of metallic Stanley pendants, waiting to be threaded with Original BTC's signature cotton braided cable...
13 Apr 2011
A visit to Davey Lighting's Oxford factory today. While many of Davey's designs date back over 100 years, the assembly team certainly don't!
Previously available to trade customers only, Davey's in and outdoor lighting designs are the last word in industrial chic and sit perfectly with neighbour Original BTC's timeless aesthetic.
09 Mar 2011
Here's a selection of Steiff bears heading off on an awfully big adventure. It's their moment in the spotlight, on their way to a photoshoot for the Telegraph Magazine's forthcoming children's special.
They say never work with children or animals, but we're hoping the bears wil behave...
08 Mar 2011
It's hard to imagine a world without teddies and cuddly animals, but (shhhhh - don't tell the children!), once upon a time it was true. In 1879 a young German seamstress stitched this small felt elephant, changing the face of playtime forever. Margarete Steiff's elephant marked the birth of the soft toy at a time when children played only with toys made of porcelain, wood or tin. As if that weren't enough, 22 years later Margarete went on to invent the teddy bear. We've just returned from Margarete's birthplace, where we paid homage to the iconic toy manufacturer's magical creations.
25 Feb 2011
Squeaky clean actress Gywneth Paltrow has given Compagnie de Provence the ultimate accolade on her blog Goop, aka Gwynnie's Guide to Virtuous Living and Blissful Domesticity:
"I first discovered this natural, beautifully packaged liquid soap in France. The French take their products seriously and not just any soap gets the denomination as it must be made up of mostly natural oils to be truly Marseillaise."
08 Feb 2011
We're shortly to receive delivery of Compagnie de Provence's amazing new limited edition Graffiti liquid soaps, tagged by iLK™. France's Banksy, iLK™'s work has also featured on collections by Nike and Lacoste - not to mention the Compagnie de Provence stand at Maison et Objet!
01 Feb 2011
We've returned from Maison et Objet ready to launch into Spring/Summer. Industrial lighting by new client Davey is now available for loans - and wouldn't it look just perfect hanging over Content by Conran's new upholstery? Here's a sneak peak at the Content by Conran brochure shoot taking place in Hackney today. There's plenty of exciting new pieces from the multi-tasking shelves seen on the left to some brilliant new sofas and quirky chess-inspired sidetables.
18 Jan 2011
Talking Tables' new ranges include the brilliant 'British Street Party', a dead cert for the forthcoming royal nuptials-related celebrations. Other favourites include the elegant 'Something in the Air bridal range, while new foldable floral cake and sandwich stands in the updated 'Utterly Scrumptious' range were just that.
18 Jan 2011
If you went down to Top Drawer today, you'd be sure of a big surprise, for every bear that ever there was had gathered there for certain because German toy manufacturer Steiff showed for the first time. The Steiff collection includes not only the classic jointed mohair bears created by Steiff in 1902 but also a whole host of cuddly creatures suitable for newborn babies to children of all ages.
We can't wait for the teddies to land at Portrait - coming soon!