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Ethnic geometrics

17 Sep

After pottering around Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday I decided to take a wander along Cheshire Street on the way home. I love the small, independent shops to be discovered there, and Handmade Interiors is a new addition since I last visited. Their ethnic / retro fusion textile designs caught my eye so I thought I’d share them today.

{via Handmade Interiors}

The designs are influenced by both traditional designs from Turkey and bold geometric patterns from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. I’m a big fan of this charcoal / rust combo and think this exotic yellow and purple bedspread is beautiful.

Do you like them too?

If you’re in East London you’ll find Handmade Interiors at 10 Cheshire Street (off Brick Lane) or check out this list for a stockist near you.

Shop tour: Folklore

23 Jul

My discovery of Folklore in Islington took a rather convoluted route – five stops on the East London line via a post on an Australian blog! Anyway, once I’d worked this out, I decided to nip out during my lunch hour and see for myself.

Folklore was started as an online design store by Danielle and Rob Reid to sell products that fit with their ethos – that better living is possible through design. The shop itself is minimal with scrapwood walls, rope and plank shelving and tables made from reclaimed beams. It has a Japanese feel, with just a couple of each item on display.

Rob and Danielle have obviously put a lot of time and care into choosing their products. Each is displayed with a little label describing its origin, facts about its designer and how it was made. I especially loved Shan Valla’s ceramic vessels cast from vintage glass milk bottles (from £35) and the heavy unbleached cotton blankets made in one of America’s last remaining textile mills (sadly well out of my budget at £195).

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

If you’re in North London it’s well worth popping into Folklore (193 Upper Street) to have a look. If not, there’s a rather lovely webshop too.

Why not share your top independent interiors shops in the comments below?

Trainspotters London pop-up shop

9 May

Regular here will know I’m a big fan of industrial interiors, so when Trainspotters opened a pop-up shop in Spitalfields, just around the corner from where I work, I couldn’t resist a look around.

Trainspotters specialises in lighting and furniture reclaimed from disused factories in the UK and former Eastern Bloc countries. They’re usually tucked away in a Gloucestershire warehouse and sell mainly to commercial clients (the likes of Urban Outfitters, Anya Hindmarch and Soho House Berlin have all been fitted out with Trainspotters products) so the pop-up shop is a rare chance for members of the public to check out the range for themselves.

I was amazed to see how large and dramatic some of the lights were in the flesh, and intrigued to hear about the stories behind them from founder Jesse Carrington. I was particularly taken with the white, black and grey Dunlop lights (faithful reproductions of originals salvaged from the Dunlop Factory in Birmingham) and the prismatic glass pendants salvaged from the recently demolished Concorde hangar at Heathrow.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

The Trainspotters pop-up shop is located at 25 Hanbury Street (E1 6QR) and open 11am-7pm until Sunday 13th May. It’s well worth visiting if you can, but if you can’t make it you can find everything on the website too.

Swedish summer textiles by Gudrun Sjoden

9 Apr

When I think about Scandinavian style, the first thing that pops into my head is white. Simple white wood houses, chalky accessories and a few natural touches. Not the dazzling array of colours and patterns offered by Swedish textile designer, Gudrun Sjödén.

Gudrun has been designing fabrics for clothing and homes for over 35 years, but they’ve only just become available here… I went along to the launch of the very first British shop on Monmouth Street last week and you’ll also be able to order online or through the very beautiful printed catalogue. The shop itself is a bit Anthropologie-esque with fashion and homeware displayed together in colour co-ordinated groups, with plants, flowers and vintage artifacts nestled amongst them.

Nature (especially Gudren’s gorgeous garden) is a major source of inspiration, and bright flowers, birds and fruits and vegetables feature heavily. As well as home accessories there are ready-made curtains and metre fabric too in case you fancy whipping up your own designs.

{all Gudrun Sjödén}

Next time you’re in Covent Garden it’s well worth popping into the new shop – in the meantime, have a flick through Gudrun’s beautiful summer sketchbook to find out how the designs came about.

Are these bold and bright patterns to your taste and how do you think British shoppers will take to them?

Can I live in your shop, s’il vous plait?

21 Jul

Today’s shop tour is brought to you from the amazing Kidimo in Paris. Owner Nicolas Flachot scours antiques fairs and flea markets all over the world for eye-catching signs, from which he hand-picks the perfect selection of wood, zinc and Bakelite letters to spell out a word of your choice.

Typography lovers, you’re in for a treat.

{Kidimo via Graphic ExchanGE}


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