“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.”
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
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.