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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.


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. 


Check out the range here…

New to TLS – Umbra Shift

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

We’re always on the look out for new great products and brands to add to our store and website and one of those brands is Umbra Shift.


Spawned from the well established Toronto-based company Umbra, Umbra Shift was made a platform to allow the team to experiment with new ideas, materials and processes. As well as the chance to collaborate with other designers and studios across the industry. This new brand focuses on the re-thinking of things and the designing personal objects that the designers themselves would want to give or use at home. These contemporary designs come from a roster of established, emerging, and in–house designers.

Their first collection was launched earlier this year to great reception and we are so happy to be stocking these lovely products. Check out the full range here, and some of our favourites below.


The Nest Office Caddy is one of those products which we’ve always wanted. Ideal for keeping around the house or office, this modular storage box allows you to hide away the little bits and pieces you need from time to time, whist also providing a space on top for everyday essentials like keys,pens or your mobile.


Definitely one on our shopping list are these gorgeous Felt House Slippers.  With a soft felt upper and woven rope sole these will be a great gift for anyone.


Stay Connected

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Keep up to date with New Products, Special Offers, Great Finds and other Cool Things (like fried jam croissants) on our various feeds. Updated daily they’re definitely worth checking out!







Fritz Hansen Grand Prix Chair with Wooden Legs!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Here at TLS we were really excited to hear that Fritz Hansen were going to reissue the original wooden leg version of the Grand Prix Chair. We will have limited quantities in-stock from the end of May (subject to change) but we will be accepting pre-orders on all finishes from today.  Below is some more info on this excellent chair.

“The Grand Prix Chair TM is designed by the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1957 and presented at the Spring Exhibition of Danish arts and crafts at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen. Originally known as the Model 3130, the chair was renamed after it won the Grand Prix at the XI. Triennale di Milano in 1957. The Grand Prix was produced with wooden legs however, these were later replaced by the metal undercarriage used on the 3107s.

Thanks to new production methods the Grand Prix Chair is now available in the original design.

The attention to detail and the unique design create a bold and exceptional statement that makes the Grand Prix as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. The chair will blend elegantly into a wide variety of settings as a great example of furniture design that is able to influence and elevate an entire room by its mere presence and beauty.”



Interview with Simon Key Bertman…

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We’ve just got some great new textiles in stock from a TLS favourite – Simon Key Bertman

Whilst we were discussing his new products we also asked him a few small questions…

I am currently designing….
Very nice throws, in paler colours than I am used to for a very well-reputed design company.

I am reading….
About patterns, textiles and cargo bikes

I couldn’t live without….
I can’t live without biking with my cargo and my family.
Also I can’t live without aesthetics, arts and sciences. Its inspires me to create new patterns and colours.

My favourite designer is…..
Sol LeWitt

I collect…..
My old-fashioned bikes, electrical bikes, cargo bikes and electrical cargo bikes.

My next project is….
Something that I do not know about yet, I like surprises!

Take a look at new products now in-stock from Simon here…

One of our favourite pieces has to be this multicoloured Chess Cotton Throw!


If you want to learn more about Simon’s work head over to his website for a great selection of products and more insight into this designer.

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