06 Jul 2010
Christmas has well and truly arrived at Portrait with our inaugural Christmas in July press show. The Old Dairy was bursting with seasonal delights from Bombay Duck, Compagnie de Provence, Harris & Jones, John Lewis toy department, Mirabelle Jewellery, Original BTC and Talking Tables.
Samples are available for loans, while the image library is loaded with cut out and lifestyle photography ready for Christmas pages. We've got gift and decorating guides galore, so drop us an email if you're looking for inspiration.
More Christmas delights to come at the John Lewis press show this Wednesday - hope to see you there!
09 Jun 2010
With the World Cup nearly upon us, we've come over all patriotic. But we won't be showing our allegiance with the usual football regalia - we shall simply flick the switch on this beautiful, limited edition hand-painted Original BTC light, sit back and cross our fingers for England.
24 May 2010
The Portrait world has just got a little pinker with the arrival of new client Bombay Duck. We're over the moon to be working with the lovely team, whose ethos of 'fun, quirky style and attention to detail' is very close to our hearts! Founded by two stylish sisters, Bombay Duck is a true shopper's paradise, with an irresistible array of own-design gifts, fashion and home accessories, from flirty eye masks and lingerie bags to quirky charm bracelets as well as a whole host of homewares for grown-ups and kids.
Take a look at www.bombayduck.co.uk - a veritable gallery of gorgeousness! Birthdays, weddings, christenings, at home or abroad - whatever the occassion, you're sure to find something suitably fabulous.
30 Apr 2010
Sensitive souls that we are, the new John Lewis ad made us sob all the way through supper (alongside most of the population). Our tears of emotion quickly turned to tears of joy when we spotted not one but two Original BTC lights.
We've been greatly amused by the reaction to the advert in the blogisphere - a big thumb's up to the Mumsnet blogger who, in response to detractors criticising the fact that the ad only relates to women in the home, pointed out that John Lewis are big on homewares, but not so big on office furniture!
25 Apr 2010
Just back from LA. A smorgasbord of styles, from these alarming neo-classical sprawls with UPVC windows being built and re-built in Beverley Hills...
24 Mar 2010
We're over the moon that Original BTC were highly commended by Elle Deco in the 'most inspirational showroom' category at Design Week Chelsea Harbour.
Well done team!
Looking for lighting? Need inspiration? Now you know where to go!
Original BTC, Unit 228, Second Floor, Centre Dome Chelsea Harbour 020 7351 2130
19 Mar 2010
Heading to Chelsea Harbour for Design Week on Monday? Please do join us for a glass of champagne at Original BTC's new showroom.
The showroom houses the full range of over 200 lights including this stunning bespoke Pembridge - a 15 tier chandelier made of over 500 translucent bone china petals. A triumph of British manufacturing and design!
If you can't make it on Monday, drop in at any time - the team would love to see you.
01 Feb 2010
A great time was had by all at Maison et Objet, where we visited clients Compagnie de Provence, Original BTC and Gone Rural.
Trends-wise, we'll all be living in homes decorated with paper furniture, with plants sprouting from desks and sidetables, adorned with motifs of goldfish and birds. That's goldfish and birds together, mind - feature them alone and you're soooo 2009....
Here's Original BTC's Titan lamp hanging over a display of Pantone mugs at Paris boutique Merci, shortly to be launching a pop-up store at department store Liberty.
21 Jan 2010
It's party time on the Talking Tables stand at Top Drawer, with new kids ranges including Ladybird Football and Where's Wally. For the grown ups, two new baking and tea-inspired ranges are the icing on the cake for home cooks - including a brilliant pop-up cardboard tiered cake stand - a genius solution for those of you who've ummed and aah'ed over whether spend money on a potentially little-used item which takes up more than it's fair share of space in kitchen cupboards.
The star of the show was - wait for it - the Showstopper, an aptly named all singing, all dancing flower shaped ice fountain. Simply light the ice fountain which in turn activates the flower's petals which open to reveal a row of candles which are lit by the flames in the ice fountain. Stand back in awe as the flower begins to dance and sing happy birthday - this one has to be seen to be believed!