by Jo on 05 Jun 2014
We are letting out one huge transatlantic cheer at the thrilling news that we've been appointed to represent our fave ever US lifestyle brand, Jonathan Adler. We've read the books, we've drooled over the website and we can't actually believe we're now looking after the man himself (along with all his fabulously life-enhancing products, of course.) For those that don't know - and seriously, your lives must be so empty - Jonathan Adler was founded by potter, designer and author Jonathan and is dedicated to bringing style, craft and joy to global audiences. Jonathan launched his first ceramic collection at Barneys in 1994 and is now well on the way to world domination thanks to his instantly recognisable, irreverent but utterly luxurious designs. We will be launching the 26th Jonathan Adler store in Notting Hill in the coming weeks and are already drooling and counting our pennies in anticipation. We want, we want, we want......
by Sophia on 29 May 2014
Natural materials, tactile fabrics and eye-catching patterns emerged as key trends at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, 20th - 22nd May - one of Portrait's favourite design festivals. Now in its fifth year, the EC1 festival showcases exciting installations and product launches by eminent designers and brands.
Our very own Tori Murphy exhibited in the Additions area for the first time. Tori's stand featured striking monochrome and hot pink textiles. The new Hamilton Spot footstool, designed in collaboration with the talented Galvin brothers, caught our eye - while the new fluted pouffes proved popular with the design press.
Outside of Additions, Portrait loved the Tile Mile by design studio Russ + Henshaw. This installation featured over 7,000 diamond-shaped ceramic tiles in 10 bold colours laid in strips, creating a colourful passageway under the arches of the Medieval St John's Gate. Mirrors were positioned on the walls and ceiling, creating a decorative and dramatic path that disappeared into the distance.
by Sophia on 21 May 2014
Chelsea is blooming this week as the Royal Hospital plays host to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, one of the highlights of the gardening calendar.
Special floral displays have been added to many shop fronts and windows in Sloane Square and the surrounding streets - in the Hugo Boss window mannequins mingle with cascades of green foliage and bright blooms, while over at Rag & Bone, shoppers are welcomed in under a floral arch in complementary reds, yellows, oranges and purples. Bird cages and roses create a sophisticated entrance at the Sloane Square Hotel.
But our favourite display can be found at estate agents Hamptons, where tall colourful flowers are displayed in wellie boots, fixed on railings and in the basket of an old school bicycle propped up outside. The show closes on Saturday, 24 May.
by Sophia on 14 May 2014
Portrait headed to Pulse this week to check out the latest AW14 collections from Wild & Wolf and Tori Murphy. Held at Earl’s Court, Pulse features new and innovative gifts and home products from over 500 designers. We’re looking forward to getting creative and testing our spelling with Wild & Wolf’s Scrabble Chunky Wooden Magnets come autumn, and we loved Tori’s striking fabrics in new hot pink and grey. We are coveting the hot water bottle covers for the cooler months.
by Lucy on 15 Apr 2014
Easter wouldn’t be the same without a visit from the Easter bunny and here at the Portrait office we are lucky enough to have our very own Easter sausage bunny-dog!
With the help of some Steiff rabbit ears, Archie was instantly transformed into a bouncing bunny – he may not have a basket full of tasty treats (only fish-flavoured jerky and old bones) but Easter cuddles are guaranteed! (Far better for the waistline!)
Wishing you all a very happy Easter!
by Jo on 31 Mar 2014
It was treats galore for Portrait this Mothering Sunday, starting off with a Steiff teddy dressed in Chanel pearls in You Magazine's yummy mummy and daughter-themed main fashion pages, followed by pastel Content by Conran side tables in a sugar-sweet interiors spread. Next up, a Wild & Wolf classic phone in the Sunday Mirror, followed by a Sunday Times quadruple whammy: Branksome China in The Sunday Times Style, Original BTC and Davey Lighting in the Sunday Times Home, plus Talking Tables in the Funday Times. Fun times indeed.
by Rachel on 27 Mar 2014
We're proud to see so much Talking Tables bunting in 'Outdoor Living', the stunningly shot new book by stylist Selina Lake. Lots of inspiring ideas for making the most of the outdoors, from alfresco dinners to garden lounging in style. Bring on summer!
by Rachel on 09 Mar 2014
For all 'Mr Selfridge' fans glued to the Agnes Towler/Henri Leclerc 'will they won't they' love story, we're sure you'll agree that this Davey Lighting Shipyard pendant in copper will make the path to happiness that bit clearer.... Perhaps Victor Colliano should get one to stay in the game (there's a galvanised version, Victor, as well as the brand new wall light models, if you don't want to be matchy-matchy)....
by Cosmo Brockway on 18 Feb 2014
Congratulations to one of our best loved stylists, Gabby Deeming, on the recent unveiling of her traffic stopping window displays at Harrods.
Several glamorous room sets are on show until the 3rd March in association with House & Garden and 'Harrods is home', each certain to bring a jolt of colour and intrigue to wet and windy Brompton Road. Catch them while you can.
by Cosmo Brockway on 02 Feb 2014
Portrait headed off to ‘the city of light’ recently for Maison et Objet, one of the biggest events in the design calendar. Held every 6 months, Maison is a celebration of everything that’s hot in homewares and design.
In the prestigious Hall 8, Content by Conran caught our eye having transformed their stand into an outpost of Conran cool. Decorated with striking canvases of founder Sir Terence himself, each from a different era in his design history, the stand was a trove of goodies from their latest collections.
Alongside some of their bestselling pieces (including our favourite, the award winning Wave sideboard) were two new additions; the very decadent looking L shaped Studio sofa with chaise and the newly launched Pelham range – storage at its most versatile.
We are already looking forward to next years jaunt...Vive le Conran!