Monday, 30 January 2017

LABEL















Powder Grey LABEL is the sister page to POWDER GREY interiors and lifestyle, where we have a distinctive unique look of mixing old and new together.

Powder Grey LABEL will be our own brand which will give it a rawness and sexier feel. An eclectic mix of new and up-cycled seasonally changing selection of interiors, clothing, one-off or limited editions, ceramics, photography & art from the Powder Grey LABEL collection, which will be mainly available online, with a few pieces highlighted within the POWDER GREY store, carefully chosen by Sandie Walker-Hepburn.
Inside the store there is a dedicated area for highlighting the Powder Grey LABEL & where other brands can also be featured in the store, on our website and as a guest on our blog/write up 'Behind the Label'...

Bringing others alike either near or afar together and providing them the opportunity to present their work/networking to a wider audience i.e. other stores, galleries and public spaces...the LABEL has taken on collaborative formats. Below are just a few of the companies/people that Sandie (owner) has worked with...

• Stephen Kenn - Designer
• Retrobotegga - Paolo Guidotto
• Victor-Raul Garcia - Artist
• Skinflint - Sophie Miller
• Shelley Jacobs Rodner - interior designer
• Lucy loves ya - Lucy Gleeson
• Giovelab Favourite Things - Giorgia Brunelli
• ERIBÉ Knitwear - Shona Forrester
• David Cass - Artist
• Gladys Paulus - Felt Artist
• Wazars store - Yayoi Nakanishi




Thursday, 12 January 2017

Behind The Label...












Sophie Miller - SKINFLINT 





Your company name is quite unique and to some has a certain meaning. How and why did you come come up with your name 'Skinflint'? 
A skinflint historically is a person so frugal they would save and use the skins of their flints. A fundamental ethos of our company is to reduce, reuse and recycle- the lighting we sell was manufactured in a time before the concept of planned obsolescence- the lights were built to last, some nearly a century ago, and after our restoration they will last for decades to come.


What inspires you most about your work?
For me it's probably the stories behind the lights. Each one has its own long history, uncovering those lost narratives is a really fascinating process. Of course we also love working with beautiful well-made objects and our lights are just that. Finding them, restoring them, replacing their outdated electrics with modern environmentally friendly components, piecing together their history. Each part of the involved process give you a connection to the object and the people who made and used it.







What is your favourite piece that you have reconditioned?
I think probably the vintage heat lamps, they make beautiful desk lights and have such intriguing stories. (http://www.skinflintdesign.co.uk/blog/lighting/the-perihel-vintage-sunlamp-.php) Also a while ago we salvaged a pair of  huge US army trunks complete with all the kit they needed to be dropped on the front line in WW2 to set up a temporary camp- light bulbs, cables, tape- it's a great story and the shades are lovely. (http://www.skinflintdesign.co.uk/store/ceiling_lights/us_paratrooper_pendants_v1.html)

Besides restoration work do you have any other interests?
I think we are interested in everything. In our line of work we meet many experts in a diverse range of fields and it's fascinating to hear their stories and to learn from them. We are of course interested in art, design architecture and interiors- we are currently re-designing and renovating our cottage in Cornwall, but it's good to keep a balance of inspiration from many sources.

What was the last book that you read?
The last book I read was HHhH by Laurent Binet which I enjoyed hugely and  I'm currently 
reading Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Do you have a signature dish, when entertaining?
It would have to be crab linguine- simple, and delicious. 

Which is your favourite colour?
I adore colour (that's probably evident in our lifestyle photography) but if I had to choose a favourite it would be green- interestingly it's the colour the human eye has evolved to perceive the most shades of.

Do you have any pets?
Currently 5 hens, a dog, a cat and 2 guineapigs. We live in the countryside at the top of The Lizard so it's a constantly evolving situation 

What are you currently listening to?
I'm still enjoying Nick Cave's Deeply moving Skeleton Tree, interspersed with Philip Glass's Satyagraha 

What's next for Skinflint?
We have lots of exciting plans for 2017, including a great Spring Summer collection released in a few weeks and exhibiting in London later this year.













Sunday, 1 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!












Here's some of our highlights from the past year. Wishing you all a wonderful 2017 to everyone near & far...