Just over a week ago Lotta Cole, whose designs are now sold on our site, held a pop up shop in Clerkenwell with Janette Fry, who produces wonderfully colourful ceramic bowls. I really like Lotta’s work and I was keen to see how the shop was styled, and how Lotta would put the products together.
It was wonderful to have a chance to see so many of Lotta’s designs in one beautifully curated space. Her Scandinavian influences were particularly prevalent and created a soothing ambience.
What appeals to me about Lotta’s pieces is the individual nature of the work. Due to the grain of the wood and its prominence on the product, every piece is truly unique. Call it the fingertip effect.
Also, the story about where the majority of the wood originated from is also fascinating. With the Juniper products, the bushes are cut by Lotta’s father, in a forest her family owns. The wood is then cut to size by her relatives Lars-Olof and Eva in their beautiful workshop, and then Lotta paints and finishes the products in London by hand. So everything from start to finish in the creation of the product has some essence of the designer; that is rare and one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Lotta Cole Design.
A lovely pop up shop, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one.
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I work in Social Media at mydeco.com and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London. I have a keen eye for good design and love me some Swedish minimalist design. Read more posts by Theo.