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And the winner is……………

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Last night we won a gold DBA Design Effectiveness award for our work on Fortnum’s teas. At a glamorous ceremony the award was presented by business journalist Simon Jack

The gold award set amongst the Fortnum’s Classic  Teas

Business journalist Simon Jack presents the award to Peter and Yvonne   Isherwood of Fortnum’s


Sue and Peter celebrate at the end of a very rewarding evening.

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On the first day of Christmas

Monday, December 1st, 2014

It has been 200 years since the Thames last froze over and this year Fortnum’s celebrates the Frost Fayre.We were delighted to have produced the core frost design which was reproduced across all Christmas products.

This year Forntum’s celebrates the Frost Fair by sponsoring the Ice Skating at Somerset House. Follow this link to Fortnum’s Christmas products.

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Cressida Bell

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

If you have not heard of this designer please go to her website and learn more about her. She is the daughter of Quentin Bell and Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury group was her grandmother. She produces the most stunning work of which i have produced below.

Her cakes are unbelievable!!Cressida's book on cake design

Lampshades by Cressida

Silk Scarves by Cressida

And one of her rugs

Some of Cressida's cakes

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A beautiful Carthusian Monastery near Pisa

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The exterior of the monastery

A door in the monastery

We visited,in July, a very beautiful monastery in Calci which is 12 miles east of Pisa. The monastery is now a museum and open for visits. It is a stunning building and well worth a visit. The floors are also stunning with many different patterns in the marble tiles. The monastery is called Certosa di Calci. Built in the 11th century ,founded in 1399 and updated in the 17th century.

one of the beautiful ceilings

one of the tiled marble floors

another floor

another floor

A view showing different floor patterns. Each room was different

More floors!

Beautiful hallways

The beautiful Cloisters

Painted corridors

This is pure 17th century Trompe L'oeil

The Certosa di Calci at night

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Fortnum’s Heritage Teas

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Newly on sale at Fortnum’s the first two of a range Heritage teas. Based on famous blends of the past we have created these striking, retro  designs. Old Silver Tea Pot is based on the silver caddies used in the Tea Salon and  Empire Blend plays with colour and Indian visual messages.

We have designed well over 100 tins in the past and these 2 new tea caddies add to our expertise with tinplate and print techniques.

Contemporary engraving of an Edwarian Tea Pot - with a great dash of yellow.


A fitting design to commemorate the Days of the Empire with a strong Assam Blend Tea

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Monday, March 19th, 2012

If you ever need “Carhartt’s” then the only place to go in New York is Dave’s New York on 581 Ave Of The Americas. (6th Ave.) Just a thought! From Dave’s we went for a walk along the ‘High Line’. The High Line is a must on a visit to New York. It’s the old elevated railway in the old meat packing district,now very fashionable. Instead of demolishing the line it has been turned into an elevated walkway of about 2 to 3 miles. It’s really terrific as when you walk along it looking at the flowers and grasses that have been planted by volunteers you also get a great view of New York. The railway was the most wonderful idea in it’s day as it delivered and collected goods from the insides of all the factory’s along it’s route. I can’t help thinking that maybe sometime in the future it will all come back!

The High Line

Part of the old railway showing a blocked of building

Part of the High Line showing a 70s hotel over it.

A view from the High Line

A poster above where we parked!

and an ad for Jamaica!

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March 2012. New York/Washington DC

Monday, March 19th, 2012

New York early March to stay with very old friends on East 78th street in a wonderful ‘minimum’ Brown Stone. Weather great, clear sky’s and warmish. day 1 we visited an incredible foodstore/deli called “EATALY” ( 200 5th ave) Eataly has taken over the entire ground floor/Foyer of this building,the landlords must be very happy! (Pentagram is 3 minutes away, they might have had somthing to do with the graphics?)

One of the entrances to :EATALY"

Part of the interior of 'EATALY'

The Bar in 'EATALY'

A sign in 'EATALY'

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Packaging News Awards

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

We’ve just heard we are shortlisted for the Best Re-Packaging of a Brand Category for our work for Whittards.

Of course in our opinion we should win!!!

Interestingly one of the other contenders is Smith and Milton’s work for Crabtree and Evelyn foods, their concept is based on a wallpaper re-using all the original illustrations commissioned by Peter in the C&E heyday.


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