Friday, 29 November 2013

Flash Sale Friday!

The last working day of the week is always a treat, but we’ve just the thing to make your weekend start (not to mention, Christmas shopping) with a warmer, fuzzier feeling: 30% off until Sunday!

We’ve also updated our gift collection just in time for this treat; you’ll now find hand-picked edits for crafters, foodies, and animal or art lovers.

Before you hop over to our website to take a look, we’ve one last thing to share... if you place an order with us over the next few days, we’ll pop a complimentary copy of our Christmas Recipe book in with your items – ’tis it is the season of good cheer after all.

Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

From today: 15% off and free delivery!

This week we're embracing the festive spirit and offering you 15% off, starting today. What better an excuse than to do a spot of early Christmas shopping? We'll also wrap and post your parcels for free, so long as you order before midnight on Sunday. 

Here's to the best Christmas yet. 
Happy shopping! 

                       for her                            for him                        for kids

Friday, 15 November 2013

Meet the Maker - Sian Zeng

Since an early age, London-based Sian Zeng knew she wanted to create; with fairytales, books, and her surrounding environment providing endless inspiration.

It wasn’t until after following the valuable advice of her parents - to have a plan B - and graduating from her economics degree as well as a second degree at London’s Central St Martins University, that she established her eponymous design label in 2010. In the same year, Sian was awarded not her first, but a second prestigious accolade; Elle Decoration’s Young Talent of the Year.

Impressed by her innate creativity - not to mention her charming narrative-telling designs - we leapt at the opportunity to chat with Sian; read on to find out a little about what makes her tick.

When and why did you decide to be a designer?
Design and art was something I was always interested in, but it wasn’t popular with my Chinese parents, so I had to study an economics degree first before I went to Central Saint Martins to study a one year foundation course, which then lead me to a three year BA textile design course. 

What are you main creative influences?
I draw a lot of inspiration from stories, be it ancient or something that I’ve experienced myself.  I love stories that are funny or a bit odd. I translate those ideas into products so that other people can also experience the stories through my products. With my Magnetic Woodlands wallpaper I wanted to create a product that allowed users to tell their own tales using the magnetic characters, buildings, and dry-wipe speech bubbles.

Who is your favourite designer? Which aspect of their work do you most admire?
I don’t really have a favourite designer, but I have a huge admiration for fashion photographer Tim Walker. His photos always tell an epic tale and are staged so beautifully. Even though many of his themes come from well known fairytales, he has managed to twist them and present them in a poetic and quirky way. 

Which aspect of your work gives you the most pleasure?
I love coming up with new design concepts in my head and sketching them out on paper. The more unusual it is the more excited I become so I then quickly start my research for materials and viability of the new product. 

Where are you most creative?
When I am travelling on a train with nothing to do other than to think.

How do you describe your style?
The products I design often appear as though they’ve come out of a story book. I would describe them as fun, magical and poetic.

What are you currently working on?
A wallpaper design for a jewellery franchise.

When you first started out, what was the best advice you received?
To take really good pictures of my work.

What advice do you have for other designers starting out?
I value great design very highly. However, I think that for a designer to become successful it is also extremely important that they market themselves well and calculate their pricing model correctly.

How do you achieve a work/life balance?
I plan my days out so that when I go to work I try to be as efficient as I can. If I don’t absolutely have to, I don’t work on weekends and after 6pm on weekdays.

What are your other passions?
I enjoy finding out about new apps and other tech gadgets. I also watch TED talks and dance.

What’s your favourite food?

And your greatest weakness?
I have a really bad sense of direction. I often feel embarrassed when I come out of the bathroom in a restaurant to try to find my table. I usually pretend to be merely checking out the rest of the restaurant.

Trousers or skirts?
Skirts with leggings.

We are very happy to have a few of Sian Zeng's products online.  Click here to see her Hedgehog cushion, Bears and Bear Kits, Woodland Bedding Set, Magnetic Notice board and Giant Scissor Cushion.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Autumnal Table Toppers

Nothing brings a tabletop alive quite like a fragrant bouquet – it’s an indulgence we love year round. 

Autumn’s posies hold something altogether different though; the addition of vibrantly hued berries and sweet-smelling herbs makes for a richly varied and impactful bunch. Try adding a few sprigs of Hypericum Berry Flowers (those little red ones) or Lavender to yours, and pop your bouquets into vessels like our Elegant Lady Vase or glass tumblers for a modern finish.