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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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