Monday, 26 September 2011

Lushest East Dulwich

Never let it be said that we at Lush only have each other.
No, for we have friends, REAL friends. The kinda gals who you need to have around when a shop needs a lick of (industrial grey) paint.

This is the work of knit specialist Row Pinto, whose exquisitely soft scarves in coloured stripes make your heart go PING.

She, like us has a studio at Cockpit Arts and now you will find her work alongside ours at Grace and Favour on Northcross Road in East Dulwich.

Not only is she the nimble-knitter of woollen wonders, but she's thoroughly nice person and (as is oft said of crusty old variety artistes such as Bruce Forsythe and Madonna) one of the hardest working people in this business.
Here's Row vacuuming before painting the floor. Who's got the cutest face, her or Henry? You decide.

Half -done.

Ah the smell of fresh paint. Almost, but not quite as good as the smell of the top of a baby's head.

Here's dear Amanda Ross putting one of her botanical prints on the wall.

She's fellow Cockpit Arts resident and in common with most designer-makers is erotically obsessed with Leonine Rock-Legend, Robert Plant. Now she's got her work in Grace and Favour perhaps we should have Improbable Bob's bleatings playing on a loop to soothe the customers and create a sophisticated ambience.

We were lucky enough to have a camera handy when this stylish customer (below) came into the shop. We thought she looked particularly elegant in front of a display of Amanda's delicate flower prints.

...and what was the choice of this person-of-good-taste? Why, she chose a Thames-inspired shade for her (doubtless impeccable) home. Thank you for your custom Madam, and thanks for looking so chic in the shop.

A teetering Lush Designs shade display as would tempt any homeowner.

Come and see the real thing at 35 North Cross Road, London SE22 9ET, as well as 8 College Approach, SE10 9HY.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

(trade) Show Business

Two or three times a year we at Lush Designs load a donkey cart with gubbins, trundle up West and show our wares at a Trade Show. Top Drawer at Earl's Court was where we were a few days ago. See how we created a magical environment within the confines of a 2x2.5m stand. This is where trade buyers and the press find themselves powerless to resist as we suck them into our evil vortex.

This excellent example of a nicely turned out young person is perusing our new range of prints. How sensible of her to be sporting (this season's must-have) yellow satchel and shoes - all the better to complement our purple wall.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Lush Designs, I repeat, Lush Designs.

You know how you've always wanted a duvet cover with the words "Adventure On" and a picture of a woodcutters axe on it? Well your dream will soon come true for we at Lush Designs have at long last created a repeat print on wide fabric and of this will be made bedlinen.

For those of you who are indifferent to tools and inspiring mottos there's some rabbits for the ladies and some architecture for the men.

As usual we've thought of everything.

Cat bores

Yes. Thats what we've become.
Since we found the (thrice) faecal evidence of their presence in our garden this morning we think we're entitled to exploit our neighbours cats and depict them on a bone china mug soon-to-be-available-from-Lush-Designs.
Having resisted drawing them in the act of befouling our lawn we have brought out some of their more charming characteristics.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Parma Violet

Parma Violet - the chalky mauve sweet that ameliorates minging morning breath, available from independent chemists alongside Friar's Balsam and Compound W.

So many fine things are to be found in Parma; Parma Ham of course, Parmesan cheese ... However Parma Violet is to be found in Kirkby Lonsdale, for not only is it a prehistoric confection, but also a lovely shop. Currently displaying and stocking a selection of Lush Designs products as well as lots of other fabulous gifts and Accessoires de Maison.

So those of you Cumbrians who crave a little Lush Designs something gallop along to Parma Violet at 45 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AH.