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English Eccentrix

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Part of Royal Staffords family is English Eccentrix. Royal Stafford has long been associated with some of the most iconic design houses ‘Conran Shop’, ‘Anthropologie’, ‘Liberty’, ‘Heals’ to name but a few. This experience was invaluable in establishing English Eccentrix, to nurture, support and bring to the market products for a new generation of designers.English_Eccentrix_Peacock_Square_Plate-500x500

Some of our favourite designs from English Eccentrix are by Carly Dodsley. Carly is passionate about British manufacture, its heritage and all things ceramic. Working at the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, surrounded by piles of plates and books, Carly creates patterns inspired by latest trends as well as a vast archive of British design.

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TLS Featured in The Telegraph Best 50 Interior Shops

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We are very pleased to be featured in The Telegraph’s Best 50 Interior Shops,  alongside many other great stores.

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Here’s what The Telegraph had to say – “Find big names at this big-hitter on the design-shop scene, which now has a brand-new space on Brighton seafront. Lighting and table settings with a strong modern aesthetic rub shoulders with Danish mid-century chairs from the likes of Carl Hansen. The whole lot is simply but beautifully curated.”

See the full list of stores here

New Brand – Living Union

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Living Union is a new premium British lifestyle brand that sources and collaborates with some of the worlds finest textile and product designers.

Company Founder Siobhan Di Rienzo explains, “I have a real passion for vintage fabrics and have long collected Stig Linberg and Lucienne Day. Around a year ago I was trying to source some cushions for the shop, but just couldn’t find what I wanted. That’s when I decided to manufacture some myself. I wanted a collection with heritage so contacted the Classic Textiles department at Glasgow School of Art, who hold a key British mid-century pattern archive, to see if they fancied collaborating with me. “To be honest I didn’t think they’d come back to me, but within 24 hours they got in touch to say that they’d been contemplating doing a project like this for some time but the right partner, with the relevant retail experience, hadn’t yet emerged.” and from there the journey began.

After a exciting exploration through Glasgow’s extensive archives and insightful discussions with Robert Stewart’s family, the first collection was launched at Home London  to a great reception. First collection pieces include cushions, tea towels, wall hangings and some lovely wooden cats.

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Robert Stewart who revolutionised design in postwar Britain. A prolific craftsman, Stewart produced paintings, tapestries, graphics, ceramics and murals but it is his textile designs that have been most influential, in particular those produced by Liberty, Pringle and Donald Brothers in the 1950’s. He won many awards and became the head of the printed textiles department at Glasgow School of Art in 1949 where he worked for 35 years.

Stewart’s family played an important part in the launch of Living Unions’ first collection and have granted the rights to reproduce many of Stewart’s long out of production designs, so they can now be enjoyed by a whole new generation.

Living Union re-launches some of these classic designs as beautiful cushions and tea towels seen below.

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(from left to right) Sun Man, Raimoult, Kilmun and Macrahanish. 45 x45cm £65.00

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(from left to right) Macrahanish, Ardentinny–Green, Kilmun, Ardentinny–Orange. 66x45cm £19.95

Also available are these stunning limited edition wall hangings, which include a numbered certificate of authenticity. All of the Robert Stewart textiles re-launched by Living Union are printed at Classic Textiles Glasgow School of Art and manufactured in the UK.

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(from left to right) Ltd Edition Wall Hanging by Robert Stewart (1), Ltd Edition Wall Hanging by Robert Stewart (2)

As well as re-launching classic mid-century textiles, Living Union has also produced these great wooden cats. Jasper and Floyd are inspired and named after beautiful old family pets. Cheeky in nature and beautifully crafted using natural materials. Jasper is made of solid oak and beech, Floyd is made of solid walnut and beech. Proudly manufactured in the UK.  Simple and contemporary in his design, these will make a great addition to any home.

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(from left to right) Jasper, Floyd. H19cm £59.00

This is just the start for Living Union, with various new products, projects and collaborations in the pipeline. Including more from British mid-century textile designers featured in the Glasgow School of Art archives and collaborations with contemporary designers expanding with more great homewares and accessories.

They were recently featured on Mid Century Magazine who provide even more great insight into this new exciting brand.

Back in Brighton

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We are very pleased to announce the opening of our new store on the Brighton seafront.  The store is located in the historic and newly refurbished West Pier Arches. Among the arches are 10 retail units with products ranging from knitting and crochet to dining tables and chairs. This area will also become home to the new i360 viewing platform which will provide stunning views of Brighton and the surrounding areas. Construction on the i360 has just started, so we’re sure to get a great view as this amazing development takes place.

To find us just look for the old West Pier and we’re on the seafront almost directly in front of it.

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Images – © Kevin Meredith

We also recommend you take a look at some of our neighbours in the arches for a great range of products and services. See the list below.

Brighton Photography – Photography gallery, www.brightonphotography.com

Banana Louis – Hair Studio

Artist Anon Brighton – Original clothing and artwork, www.artistanon.com

Bailey Alexander Gallery – Art Crafts and Jewellery, www.baileyalexander.co.uk

Small Folk Run – Children’s clothes and interiors, www.smallfolkrun.com

Mia Beach – Knitting and crochet specialist and ladies clothing, www.i-foundyou.com

The Hat Hut – Hats, bags and accessories

Interview: Lauren Lester – While Odin Sleeps

Friday, July 25th, 2014

We’ve just got some amazing new jewellery pieces in stock from While Odin Sleeps.

We spoke with Designer and Founder Lauren Lester to learn more about herself and the brand. A great little read, with some humorous and insightful responses.

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I am currently designing….

A line of pieces with leather. I use to collect rocks when I lived in Montana and I’d keep them in a small leather medicine pouch my mom bought me on a camping trip. So I’m working with a friend to make leather pouch necklaces so we can all be a kid again, toting around our favourite collectables.

I am reading….

Field Guide to the Common Insects of Texas. I just to moved to Austin, TX and that means a whole new world of foreign insects! I’m mildly obsessed with insects, mainly arachnids, and I love being able to identify them.

I couldn’t live without….

Cake. I know it should be something far more profound, but I’m a lady. And I hope I’m not overly generalizing when I say we sure do love our baked goods. 

 My greatest achievement to date is…..

Gosh, this is a tough one. I’d have to say walking the Comino de Santiago in Spain by myself. Being alone with your thoughts and void of familiar faces for that long really wares on you. You never realize how many demons you have til your days lack distractions. But once it was said and done I felt far more clear and complete, that alone is quite an achievement. 

 I collect…..

Minerals, mounted insects, and all things taxidermic.! I have a small natural history museum growing in my studio.

My next project is….

Dream catchers! Using horse hair,crystals, and dried flowers I’m working on making art you can hang versus wear. I’m pretty stoked about those. 

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Check out the range here…

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