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House of Hackney

“This is hardly Queen Victoria’s style.  Think Alice in Wonderland- or Colefax and Fowler on acid.” - Whitney Robinson, Town and Country magazine, December 2011

There are some moments in life when I find myself cringing much more intensely over not having Wi-Fi than others.  One of these moments, was on a recent plane trip as I was perusing the new December issue of Town and Country magazine. The article, “All the Trimmings” by Whitney Robinson on the House of Hackney caught my attention and I glanced back at the photos throughout the trip.  On top of a beautiful photo spread, the couple behind the brand, Freida Gormley and Javvy M. Royle have a wonderful story and certainly a great eye.  And, it seems from The New York Times T Magazine, to Vogue Italia, to Town and Country magazine, this couple is not going unnoticed.  This past July, T Magazine wrote, “The couple, who decided there was a gap in the market for luxury British interiors with a fashion slant, started their company, House of Hackney, in April, with a maximalist bang.” 

Hackney Empire Wallpaper Print

House of Hackney in December 2011 Town and Country magazine – photograph by Sarah Maingot

House of Hackney in December 2011 Town and Country magazine- photograph by Sarah Maingot

House of Hackney Empire

House of Hackney Empire Lampshade

House of Hackney china

Their eight-month-old interiors company and showroom is housed in the couple’s three-story house built in the 1850s in Hackney, the North London borough. Many of the walls are covered in a wallpaper of whimsical creatures- each seeming to tell a story of their own. The couple called the animal print Hackney Empire.  “It’s full of these colorful characters, a lot like Hackney itself,” Gormley told Town and Country.  The couple’s design line offers furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, china, cushions, curtains, and lampshades.  This line certain adds a bit of character and flair to the traditional English Rose.

House of Hackney – Dalston Rose print from Stamp magazine

House of Hackney – Dalston Rose print

House of Hackney – Dalston Rose

House of Hackney – Dalston Rose

Dalston Rose – House of Hackney

Dalton Rose – House of Hackney

House of Hackney – Queen Bee print

House of Hackney – Queen Bee print

House of Hackney- Wild Card print – new!

House of Hackney is currently sold in London at Liberty and has a collaborative collection with Opening Ceremony.  According to the New York Times, Kate Moss is already a fan.   From Dalston Rose to Queen Bee - to the new Wild Card – I can’t wait to see what House of Hackney dreams up next.

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