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!
06 Jan 2011
Happy 2011 to one and all!
We're welcoming in the New Year with new client, British marine and industrial lighting manufacturer Davey. With roots dating back to the shipyards of nineteenth century London, Davey's hand crafted interior and exterior deck lights, lanterns, pendants and step lights are the last word in industrial chic. Davey lights can be spotted at the Savoy Grill, Shoreditch House, J Sheekey and Jamie Oliver’s 15. New ownership means Davey lights - including many turn-of-the-century designs - are now accessible to the public for the first time.
Davey will be hoisting its flag at Maison et Objet for the first time this January - we hope to see you there!
22 Dec 2010
John Lewis toy department, December 21st. As parents rush round grabbing last-minute gifts (what, no more Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego??!), toy buyer Elaine Whiteman shows BBC News what lucky children will be hoping for under the tree this Christmas...
15 Dec 2010
A selection of Christmas crackers, toys, stocking fillers and other goodies making their way to women's charity Eaves, whose manifesto is 'working towards a society where all women are valued and respected'. We hope our offering brings smiles to the faces of the families being provided housing and support by Eaves over the festive period. With thanks to Talking Tables and John Lewis for the splendiferous array.
08 Dec 2010
Here's Kirstie Allsop welcoming in the New Year with Talking Tables' confetti blaster. What does it take to make the perfect Christmas? According to Phil and Kirstie, all you need is a tableful of crackers, poppers, masks and games from Talking Tables, a family-sized Berkshire sofa by Content by Conran, Cosmo prismatic glass pendant lights by Original BTC and aluminium cake stands from Bombay Duck. Deck the halls indeed.
Kirstie and Phil's Perfect Christmas, 8pm, Channel 4.