02 Nov 2010
Tonight sees the first episode of the new series of Kirstie's Homemade Home on Channel 4. Having spent the last series refurbishing her own home, in this series Kirstie turns her attention to homeowners struggling to restore their period properties. Kirstie comes to the rescue, with the help of Portrait clients Harris & Jones, Original BTC and Compagnie de Provence.
29 Oct 2010
Here's Original BTC's Drop Grouping pendant taking the corner slot at John Lewis' Harmony lighting installation at the South Bank. We watched (and listened) in awe as the lights flashed - in harmony, of course - to the dulcit tones of Fyfe Dangerfield, who played a live set including 'Always a Woman' from John Lewis' last TV ad campaign.
13 Oct 2010
With Design Week behind us, it's now the art world's turn to hit London, culminating in this weekend's Frieze. We stopped off at the opening party of the Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill, curated by Sir Peter Blake, godfather of British pop art. So, what's everything? Well, everything includes a collection of creepy Kewpie dolls, Victorian fairground memorabilia, sideshow banners from the Americas, decoupage screens and glass cabinets stuffed full of anthromorphic taxidermy by the famed Walter Potter. Curious indeed...
01 Oct 2010
It's Children's Book Week next week and we're going on a nostalgic journey through our childhood favourites. This Roald Dahl boxed set is on sale for an amazing £34 from the John Lewis children's book department - hours of delightfully scary reading guaranteed. According to sales figures, while stalwarts like the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peter Rabbit are still in favour amongst young readers, newer contenders The Gruffalo and Peppa Pig are now top of kid's reading lists.
Whilst we concede it's been a little while since we were target audience, surely nothing can beat Charlie, the BFG and George and his Marvellous Medicine?
30 Sep 2010
Design Week concluded with Focus at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, where Original BTC previewed the Hector 21 table light, designed for next year's 21st birthday. An update on the classic bone china Hector, the Hector 21 features rows of indented squares inspired by the windows in Original BTC's 1930s Stoke-on-Trent factory.
27 Sep 2010
Portobello Dock was packed to the rafters with visitors to Tom Dixon's West London design festival. Highlights included the new Tom Dixon shop, Mooi showroom and of course mydeco.com's lighting installation, which really got visitors talking! The My Deco team chose 85 different lights by a whole variety of retailers and manufacturers, from high street to high end (including, of course, Original BTC) and visitors had to not only guess who each light was by but also pop a swing tag on their favourite in the hopes of winning it once the festival is over. There's Original BTC's bone china Tea light on the yellow stand, which along with the Hector Medium Dome table light sported a very generous collection of swing tags. Lucky winner to be announced!
23 Sep 2010
A tennis table par excellence at 100% Design. If only we had enough space in the office - ping pong for four looks like a lot of fun! This show stopper featured twenty-something turned legs in a glossy pink lacquer and had visitors playing around all day.
Absolute favourite of the new designers - the bakelite handset speakers, removed from old telephones and reworked for the ipod generation by young design duo Uncle Oswald is my Hero.
One of Roald Dahl's greatest characters, Uncle Oswald is smooth, charming and debonair, much like the designs bearing his name.
08 Sep 2010
Compagnie de Provence's fresh new stand at Maison et Objet was one of the brightest and busiest of the fair, with buyers stocking up on the brand's much-loved glass bottled liquid soap. New launches included a salty 'Mediteranee' fragrance in the Extra Pur range, plus a new home care line. Most exciting was news of an annual Limited Edition glass bottle to be designed by Marseille-based poster artist Stephan Muntaner, following on from the company's hugely successful tattooed 20th anniverary bottles.
08 Sep 2010
Maison et Objet marks the beginning of a busy month in the world of design. Original BTC's stand in the newly inaugurated Hall 7 was tres populaire, with French buyers particularly loving the 'Tea' collection of bone china pendants as well as the bespoke Pembridge chandelier.
Next stop, 100% Design...
07 Sep 2010
As Living etc 's Acting Editor, Carmel Allen, explains on her Editor's Letter page: 'Provenance is the buzzword in interiors right now but so often it's mentioned in relation to exotic pieces from far-flung places. But what about here in the UK? In this month's Shop and Style we champion home-grown products, those that are well and truly made, and not just designed, in Britain. It wasn't easy...but we found some wonderful stories that make every piece extra special. I love my Original BTC bedside lights even more now I know they helped keep a pottery in Staffordshire open, and what's not to like about it's new copper Stanley shades which are hand-spun in Birmingham?'
Original BTC's London desk lamp also appeared in the 'Shop For...desk lamps' feature, as well as a Task Solo table light and a quote from Original BTC founder Peter Bowles in the main 'Made in Britain' decorating feature.
What's not to like, indeed? A big thank you to the Living etc team for their support. When it comes to manufacturing, Britain can most definitely make it!