I’ve had a brilliant week. Exciting meetings with interesting and passionate people paving the way for new opportunities to further my career as an interior designer.
One of the services you offer as a designer is bespoke, high quality finishes and furniture that uniquely meet the owners needs.
The quest for building those contacts and discovering beautiful new pieces is the holy grail. You’re always on the look out.
On Wednesday, I had a real winner of a meeting.
I met Richie Almond, founder of Novocastrian at their super cool shared London office over in Shoreditch.
NOVOCASTRIAN means ‘a person that hails from Newcastle’.
Richie’s part of a long line of metal working masters, his grandfather and father were both ship builders. His dad now runs a metal fabricators that makes and oversees the manufacturing process of all Novocastrians designs from fabrication to installation.
As well as over seeing Novocastrians product design, Richie’s also an architect and since his move to London in 2007 he’s worked with a number of highly prestigious design outfits. Based Upon and Anouska Hemple to name just a few.
In August last year he set the company up. He saw a gap in the market offering bespoke products and highly specialised metal finishes that celebrate the familys craftsmanship and use of raw British materials including steel, brass and cumbrian slate to interior designers and architects.
This passion, skill and timeless design talent is evident to many with an eye on the design world and has this year rewarded them with ‘Best New Designer’ from Northern Design Festival and The Telegraph last week featured them in Best of British.
Their work has an honest integrity with luxurious industrial edge, northern soul with plenty of swag. Patinated brass coffee table tops finished by hand with oil and wax has an almost leathery effect. Set with perfection into a blackened steel frame. This is my kind of heavy metal.
One of the features that really drew me to their work was the lattice structure of one piece in particular, the inspiration for which of course draws from a story. The piece I’m referring to is The Staith.
Inspired by a structure of the same name on the River Tyne, back in the industrial age, it was the loading back bone used to move coal from trains onto ships. However, fire damage in 2003 tragically altered the structures timber frame. It’s the missing elements to a lattice work created that pays homage to this great landmark from a place they call home.
The Staith, Binate coffee table and their decorative door grills are among my favourite of their commissioned pieces to date.
At some point in the future I will be calling on Richie and his team to commission them on a LindonTown client project. They’re my kind of people with family, real love and passion at the heart of what they do, that’s the kind of footprint you want to leave when you’re called upon to ace an interior space.
Have a lovely weekend all. We’re on a Cotswolds festive adventure so expect more about that on Monday’s blog.
Wishing you lots of love and good times till then. Rx