Sent: 29.06.12 at 10:17
Subject: Here comes Summer!
Miss P!!! Did you know it’s been several months since we last posted one of our email exchanges? I guess we’ve both been so busy with client events and projects that neither of us has managed to add this posting into our schedule. So I thought I’d better block out some time for an update:
You’ll be glad to know (and see below) that I’ve finally taken some quick photos of the new studio space we’re currently in. It’s been wonderful to be able to spread out and both the studio and meeting/presentation spaces are working out well. When our free rental period comes to an end in August I’m hoping we’ll be able to stay on. Here is how it’s looking in the main studio space…I LOVE the beamed ceiling and the DreamWeaver was so right to insist that we found space for a chill-out sofa:
We’ve got lots of space to display trend boards and client products we’ve designed or advised on (and been gifted, like the nice new tissue cubes from Kleenex – Thank You Johnny!). There is also space for Cheryl to work when she comes in to update us on sales.
Have you noticed the nice new addition on the meeting room wall below?…a printed canvas of a photo of our Trends Hub at SURFACES, Las Vegas. Jessica from Hello Canvas contacted me early in June to ask us to test out their canvas print quality…so we did! Delivery was really quick, the canvas was really carefully packaged, and the quality of the print was so good…surprisingly so because you know the photos we took of the Trends Hub were a bit fuzzy…well the canvas print looks as sharp as a pin! I really like the Effects options that they offer…like the ‘black & white with a color highlight’. We’ll be using them again in the future for sure…I think it would be nice to have a canvas of every Trends Hub we design!
Below is the view through the studio doorway into the meeting room where we’ve now displayed lots of trend boards and client products on narrow picture ledges (RIBBA from IKEA, just £8.29 each, total bargain), as well as cataloguing all of the magazines we’ve written features for on open shelf units…oh, below you can also see a snap of the DreamWeaver making a cup of tea in the kitchen:
Our trip to Portland to present Spring/Summer 2013 trends seems like an age ago now but it was a good trip and your work and support was invaluable as always. It was great that we flew in early in order to prepare and that gave us time to see a few sights down in the Wharf area and around the shops on Exchange St etc. Breakfast at Becky’s Diner was a slice of Americana and the repurposed church on Chestnut St made Grace restaurant a brilliant setting for dinner…I still can’t quite believe they put the open kitchen on the altar! Getting to have lunch in York Harbor again was a real treat considering neither of us imagined there would ever be reason to return there…and of course getting to see the always stupendous Jason serving lunch in the Stage Neck Inn dining room was a treat. But my most treasured (and surreal) memory will be of You in Mae West’s coat waltzing to a pianola with a sexagenarian under a huge glitter ball. No, that wasn’t a dream!…So, don’t ever say our work trips are dull! What did you enjoy most?
Hey thanks for keeping up with all the extra Twitter followers we got after the Clerkenwell Design Week events. The Interface panel discussion on Tuesday 22nd May was a real pleasure for me to be part of. I was joined on the panel by the lovely Hannah Harper (Concept Designer at Interface), Sally Storey (Design Director of both John Cullen Lighting and Lighting Design International – who have an interesting lighting blog), and the discussion was hosted by Vanessa Brady (President of the SBID). Then I popped back down to London on Thursday 24th May to present a Trend Seminar for our friends at Steelcase. As 1 of their 100 Minds it was so nice to help them celebrate their 100 Year Anniversary:
Above: The Discussion Panel at Interface’s CDW event – from left to right:
Hannah Harper, Miss V, Vanessa Brady & Sally Storey
I promised to show you some more photos of the new Kings Cross concourse, which I arrived at and departed from for the CDW events (I also enjoyed a quick glass of bubbly upstairs in a bar overlooking the concourse. They have a Yalla Yalla up their too!). The design is a total triumph by the lead architects and masterplanners, John McAslan + Partners and engineers ARUP. They have totally transformed the station so it now stands proudly next to St Pancras (rather than embarrassing it as it once did) and the completion is perfectly timed to delight visitors to the London Olympics. You’ll be able to see it in all its glory for yourself when you come to the UK for London Design Festival in Sept (what a shame the dates are so close to the Index show in Dubai so we can’t take part in that this year) but in the meantime:
I’m now busy writing the next Opus trend report. Clients old and new are booking-in for seminars and workshops with us via firstname.lastname@example.org across the Summer and we’ve also started presenting the Autumn/Winter 2013/14 forecast (Le Creuset being first off the blocks as always).
Oh, before I forget…CONGRATULATIONS on winning our inhouse competition by getting your ‘I Know I Can‘ Barnsley school team through to the finals of the business competition. You must have really inspired your team members because I hear they thanked you publicly for your e-mentoring when they presented their project to the judging panel! You Rock! Even the cool kids think so!
So Miss P…has anything interesting been happening with you??? Anything unusual? Anything at all to report that’s a bit out of the ordinary for you? Anything to declare?
Sent: 08.07.12 at 13:05
Subject: RE: Here comes Summer!
Miss V! Indeed it has been so long since we sat and exchanged emails I don’t know where to begin!! Since I stepped on the plane to the UK, waaaay back at the beginning of April, it’s been an absolute whirlwind of non-stop travel and events, with things only just starting to slow down.
I absolutely LOVED the feel of the new studio and the canvas looks fab – we must get one of the 2013 SURFACES Hub, I’m so excited about next year’s concept, you know I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and the fact that the team at Hanley Wood are so onboard with the idea makes SURFACES the perfect show for the space … I think it’s going to be our best yet!
Next up was Portland – reading your email reminded me of how much we packed in to that trip aside from our work with the team at SAPPI! Although I really liked the idea of the Grace restuarant, I have to agree with you, the best part, without a doubt, was coming across Mr Williams’ fabulously crazy restoration/museum project on Route 1. The old buildings he’s collected … madness but completely fantastic. I’m going to insist we stop by on our next trip to Maine just to see if he’s completed that AMAZING gas station with the ice cream parlour! It was such a wonderful and unexpected experience, I’ll never forget it – it’s exactly the kind of thing I imagine finding on a US road trip!
What was next on the travel agenda … oh yes, I remember … PHUKET, THAILAND!! I was of course bitterly disappointed that I ended up doing that trip alone but a girl’s got to go where she’s most needed and the Le Meridien Beach Resort in Phuket was where that was! (Check out the view from my balcony below!) It was lovely to see Bart, Nicholas, and Katie again so soon after Portland, but I also really enjoyed the opportunity to meet their Asian sales team. Presenting our Trend Forecasting Process was a challenge – it’s a difficult subject at the best of times but when you have an audience of 50 who speak very little English…! – but Bert and KK did a brilliant job translating and everyone was super enthusiastic and keen to learn which was great to see.
In between getting back to Dubai and flying off to Lebanon there were of course visits from both Cheryl and yourself – always a pleasure. Feeling super enthused about our decision to accept advertising on the blog, it’s definitely the next step for us; I’ve been working on a Media Info Kit so watch this space…
Following the Dreamweaver’s link, I’ve also just added the World Food Programme banners to the blog, showing our support specifically of the organisation’s work focusing on empowering women to fight hunger.
“People often ask: What can be done to defeat hunger? My answer is simple: empower women, because women are the secret weapon to fight hunger.”
WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran
The WFP have done their research and know that 60% of the world’s starving people are female, due largely to unequal access to resources, education, and income. However, in many countries women make up the bulk of agricultural labourers and play a key role in guaranteeing food security for the household. Experience has shown that in the hands of women, food is far more likely to reach the mouths of needy children. Here’s to empowering women all over the world.
For all our readers who are interested in supporting this cause, you can either donate by clicking on the banner in the sidebar or scroll to the bottom of the blog and click on the banner that will take you to the Hunger IQ test, it only takes about 60 seconds and for every person who completes the quiz a child receives a hot meal from an anonymous donor.
The highlight of the year for me is always LDF and after seeing your pics of Kings Cross I just can not wait for my September trip this year – and we must definitely check out the tabbouleh and kibbeh at Yalla Yalla
Looking forward to also having Mr Hughes onboard with us this year as we trawl the shows. It’s been great to work more closely with him this season, he’s so committed to the work he does, I LOVE that!
Also LOVING the Wimbledon Men’s final today – a fantastic year for sport in the UK, it reminds me of 2004 when Athens hosted the Olympics and Greece won the Euro Cup. I know he didn’t win but MASSIVE congrats go out to Andy Murray, his interview at the end of the match was so emotional we all had tears in our eyes here!
I think that about sums up the last few months for me … well, unless you count that little trip to Lebanon … when I got MARRIED!!! Can you believe I have a husband? My very own husband?! It was such a beautiful day, I was thrilled with the dress (I’ll be forever grateful to Andrea Bambridge for creating something so exquisite), and I’ll never forget the feeling of having all our friends and family there together, celebrating with us – completely overwhelming: a serious amount of love goes out to you all for making the day so truly memorable.