While roaming London for the London Design Festival 2008 I walked along 178 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU, and my eyes were drawn to the then closed but very colorful shop “Squint”.
When home it appeared I had already pinched a photo from I don’t know where on the web.
I took a couple of photos.
Their website is Squint Limited
Squint opened in East London at the beginning of 2005, it was started by Lisa Whatmough a former Sculptor and Painter. Her initial desire was to showcase the antique textiles she had been collecting and found that a fusion of period furniture and fabrics made for unexpected one off pieces.
The range comprises of items such as Victorian chaise longues and iconic Egg chairs and includes all types of upholstered furniture as well as mirrors and lighting, each piece bespoke incorporating a mix of contemporary and vintage fabrics.
As Squint has grown it now makes to order, classic designs meticulously made in England and upholstered traditionally, with tied springs and hand stitched seams. Each design is priced individually depending on the final mix of fabrics used.
Lead times are running at between ten and twelve weeks and any items ready to go will be shown in the Off The Peg section.
Squint sells internationally through Squint, Liberty, Designers Guild, Lane Crawford, J Roaman, Barneys New York and AADesign Museum Seoul.
Squint is not cheap. Probably because the the chairs and sofas are new. Their products remind me of NYC based Apryl Miller. There are similarities, as Apryl is also a painter and sculptor.
Ah now I see where I had the picture from: I featured them already here…
Blogging is not only about finding great people and great stuff: Sometimes great people find you through your Blog, like Apryl Miller. She is an artist living and working in New York City. She loves chairs and occasionally refits chairs. As the weather is finally so kind as to admit Spring has arrived here in The Hague and Apryl’s stools and chairs are very colorful, I deemed it fit to publish about her today.