The most stressful and exciting week of our design lives... so far!
In the words of Little Red Riding Hood as she heads into the woods, we are "Excited and scared" as we embark on this week. It's not only our 6 year wedding anniversary, giving us a somewhat protected feeling as we embark on one of our biggest adventures, but we are also going to New York to launch our new print collection.
We know that so far our career has been all about learning on the job, growing and observing and searching out information, whilst delivering on briefs and honing our skills every single day. That's what building a business is all about. And now we need to deliver in a big way. It's a healthy pressure, he says, writing this post at 4 am ‘cos there is so much in my head to get out before we arrive in New York.
Creating this collection has been a two-year process born out of friendship, personal connection and a slow inquisitive process of renovation in our design house.
Starting with our WC of joy...
Getting its first preview at London Design Festival last September where we were asked by furniture icons, Ligne Roset to re-imagine their showroom. We delivered the first iteration of our print collaboration with Custhom on the Slice chair by Pierre Charpin.
...and growing into something that we are very proud to call the Forest Hill Collection. Including hand finished wallpapers, printed velvets, linens and embroidered textile accessories.
For us this is also a return to our roots, as for those of you that didn't know, we began laying the groundwork for our current studio, many years ago, screen printing our own textiles and using appliqué on home accessories for our stall on Greenwich craft market. Print design and textiles are a passion for us. Perhaps that's why wallpapers, curtains, carpets and cushions have always been a strong part of our interior design aesthetic for all of our projects over the years.
And now, what could be more exciting than taking that work to the international stage of New York Design Week.
Right now it all feels scary and the excitement is bubbling underneath, but we wanted to take a moment to talk you through the process we've been through and help calm our nerves by sharing it with you.
Florals, and flowers in general, have always been a passion for us in interiors and we wanted to find a way to take a ditzy classic floral and re-invent it for modern spaces. We have created a collection that is about layers and we want those to allow you to play with how you bring those layers together. Our hope is to see these floral textures used in architectural, minimal, and period or mid-century spaces. SO to be able to show in the heart of New York's Soho, in a vast industrial showroom is a dream come true for us. It's not often you can say that and we are grateful. We cannot wait to share the pictures of the show with you. Hopefully we can put a smile on some faces and bring a moment of happiness and fun to this difficult world in our own way. Now all we have to do is pack, take some rescue remedy and get through our flying nerves to get us to the show. And give Buckley a massive kiss before he heads to Grandma's house.
Wish us luck! xxx