20 Jun 2011
Popcorn at the ready - this Wednesday sees Original BTC founder Peter Bowles making his television debut on The Apprentice. The contestants head off to France in an attempt to sell the best of British design to Paris's coolest boutiques, including Original BTC's 'Teapot' pendant light. We're on tenterhooks - will they do our beloved 'Teapot' justice? Will they return triumphant with a book full of orders or will they face the wrath of Sir Alan (and all at Portrait and Original BTC)? Repeat after us, boys and girls - bone china! Stoke on Trent! British manufacturing! Le afternoon tea!
14 May 2011
You saw it here first - a sneak preview of the fragrant and oh so stylish Conran Bath and Body, launching in store in September 2011. Perfect for adding a dash of Conran chic to bedrooms and bathrooms, the bottle design is based on the Kilner jar with two colourways matching the two fragrances. Conran 1 is rich and woody with notes of pepper, nutmeg and cardamom (mmmmm), while Conran 2 is a fresh, cooling fragrance with notes of fresh cut green stems and a hint of mandarin. The collection includes hand wash and hand cream, shower gel, body lotion and body scrub. Samples will be available from July.
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.