blanche in the brambles // AW13 look book

The Blanche in the Brambles AW13 collection. Shot by me.

The Toy Shop

I recently took some snaps of the newly opened The Toy Shop Bar + Restaurant in Putney. It's well worth a visit; the cocktails and food are both ingenious and delicious, and the bar features some incredible neon signage by Chris Bracey (God's Own Junkyard). A feast for the eyes, I also caught up with the ladies behind the interior design, Sophie and Simone from Owl Design London.

10 minutes with the designers:

Who came up with the concept for the bar?

They didn't have a name for the bar when we started and we helped come up with its name, "The Toy Shop".

We were given our initial brief from the Toy Shop boys (Jamie Roberts and Michael Brkic) to create a restaurant / bar that focused on people coming together, and we knew from the start we wanted to include pattern, bright colours and hints of 'fun' - without being too obvious. By using these key words we worked together to create the design. It was definitely a fun theme to work with.

For someone that’s never visited, how would you describe the Toy Shop to them?

SIMONE: A melting pot of yummy food, cocktails and fun times!
SOPHIE: An adult’s playground (that sounds a bit dodgy doesn't it?!)

What’s your favourite part of the bar?

SIMONE: My favourite area of the bar is the actual bar area, as this is where pattern meets texture and colour, and the lights remind me of spaceships!
SOPHIE: I love the Barbie taxidermy in the toilets - I have always wanted to do that somewhere and it's definitely a talking point!

Tell me a bit about Owl Design....

We met while studying our degree in Interior Design Environment Architectures and became friends pretty much straight away. We have similar taste, but slightly different styles which together work well for us both. Since graduating from university we have acted as style consultants for Isle of Wight Zoo and have an Eco resort in Jamaica (which is still in design stages). We have designed the green room area at various festivals such as Wireless and at Hard Rock calling and last summer we designed a café on Portobello Road, Bluebelles.

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An Incredible Countryside Wedding

On Friday two of my dearest friends got married in the beautiful English countryside. The forecasted rain stayed away and we celebrated in glorious sunshine. Congratulations Liz and Martin, and thank you for a perfect day!