hello all, we hope you are well. we're very sorry for not posting a blog update until now, but we have had a very tough start to the year! we'll explain more below. but we hope that your years have gotten off well- good luck with keeping any new year's resolutions!
this week we have been talking to our friend and fellow designer in Tokyo, Joe. he created our websites and soon-to-be-released online shop for us, and as well as keeping us updated about what is popular in design in Japan, he is also a product designer himself- so we are very lucky to have him! this week he showed us pictures from his trip to a boro-ichi, a type of Japanese flea market that is held in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. what makes it so special is that it's only opened up every 15th and 16th of January and December, and draws over 20,000 people- it has also been running since the 1500s, so it's a great event to attend. when he visited, Joe found some really interesting things on display there- we especially love the cast iron kettles, as we have one ourselves!
we would love to see these things ourselves, as looking for upcycled products is a great hobby of ours- be it furniture or things for the home, we really enjoy seeing old objects put to good use again. it's a great way of making life a little bit happier, too- the people in the second photo look like they're enjoying themselves, and you never know what you may find! it would be great to see this kind of market for real some day...we hear the festival they hold as part of the market has really yummy food, too! thanks, Joe, for showing us! you can read a little more about the boro-ichi here.
but now, a little bit of bad news. last week, we found out that our studio space in Greenwich had been flooded during the day. luckily, it wasn't a big flood- a few inches of water- but as our studio space is in a basement, the damage was a lot worse than we were prepared for. we have lost quite a lot of wallpaper, samples and a fabric, which we are very disappointed about! here are some pictures that we took of the damage. crazy isn't it!
we hope to be up and running again soon. sadly, as the flood damaged the floor, we can't work in the studio at present, so we'll be doing all of our work from home! it's a little tough, but we'll get through it. i hope you can be patient with us whilst we get everything sorted.
there is some really good new though, to cheer us up from the week we have just had! our new friend and client Sara from Stockholm, Sweden, has sent us a picture of her daughter's room that she has wallpapered with our Wish You Were Here in London design in the 'Winter Morning' colourway. here are a couple of pictures that she sent us below- day and night!
thank you so much Sara- we hope that you and your daughter can enjoy the design for many years! it looks great. we're very lucky to have such happy clients!
we've added Sara's photos to our facebook album of client's photos- there we have a lot more pictures that we've been sent by our wonderful customers of their beautiful homes with our products in. take a look!
if you have any photos of our products, let us know- we always like to hear from you and, with your permission, will pit them in our facebook album! you can email them to me at email@example.com, or leave a comment below, so we can reply to you. of course we also have a twitter, website and facebook for you to follow us on, so there's no excuse not to get in contact!