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Maison et Objet 2019

MAISON ET OBJET 2019

Tomorrow Begg & Co will return to Maison et Objet, exhibiting new designs from our interiors collection and collaborating again with esteemed artist Sophie Smallhorn on an installation for the stand.

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Book Club - Kirsty Wark

BOOK CLUB - KIRSTY WARK

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most experienced television journalists. She has presented a wide range of programmes over the past thirty years - from the ground breaking Late Show to Election specials, live stadium events and, since 1993, the BBC's flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight.

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City Guide 2019

CITY GUIDE 2019

Our products are sold in some of the most prestigious stores around the world. We would like to share a short city guide with you for Sweden, Shanghai, London and Madrid. Let us know what you think or if you have been to any of these places before.

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR SPRING SUMMER 2019 PHOTOSHOOT

Behind the scenes of our Spring Summer 2019 Photoshoot

We wanted to share the details of our Spring Summer 2019 photoshoot that took place on the Isle of Arran, a small island off the West Coast of Scotland. Scotland’s natural beauty and our surroundings have always inspired us a brand when it comes to designing our collections, which is why we like to shoot in locations close to us. This does become testing at times with the ever-changing Scottish weather… even in May. With shots like these, it makes it all worth it.

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THE BIG BOLD COLOUR THEORY – ARTIST JOHN BOOTH'S SECOND COLLABORATION - LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION OF BLANKETS

The Big Bold Colour Theory – Artist John Booth's Second Collaboration - Limited Edition Collection of blankets

In recent years, the colour grey has become a widely recognised symbol of contemporary ‘good taste’. It’s a phenomenon that baffles Scottish-born artist John Booth, whose fearless use of vibrant, bold shades is central to his working practice and stems in part, from a childhood obsession with felt-tip pens and colouring-in books. We have again collaborated with John on a series of blankets for our Interiors collection for 2019. By visiting the mill in Scotland and working closely with the design team, John was able to experiment with Begg & Co’s textiles and expand on their rich offering by using two different themes for the collaboration; abstract decorative print and oral observation.

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Spot On – Our Everlasting Love for the Polka Dot

Spot On – Our Everlasting Love for the Polka Dot

The fashion industry is notorious for valuing change, but polka dots are an exception to the rule. An enduring favourite, their playfulness seems to suit all ages, and their popularity shows no signs of abating, regardless of any passing fads or trends. The term ‘polka dot’ was first mentioned as long ago as 1857, in a copy of Godey’s Lady’s Book – a women’s lifestyle magazine. The phrase was used to describe a muslin scarf “for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge and embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”. The precise origins of ‘polka’ are unknown, but it’s thought to be derived from the Polish wording for ‘Polish woman or girl’, or a variant of ‘pulka’, which was a Czech half-step dance routine.

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Begg & Co X Maggie's Limited Edition Collection

Begg & Co X Maggie's Limited Edition Collection

We have launched three limited edition scarf designs in collaboration with the charity Maggie’s, which provides free practical and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends from its network of architecturally unique centres across the UK and abroad. All profits will be donated to Maggie's, enabling the charity to support and grow its network of centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer as well as their loved ones.

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Colour Chemistry – Artist Sophie Smallhorn creates a Begg & Co system of colour for London Craft Week

Colour Chemistry – Artist Sophie Smallhorn creates a Begg & Co system of colour for London Craft Week

Hailing originally from Hertfordshire, British artist Sophie Smallhorn graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 with a BA in Furniture – specialising in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics. Her dynamic approach to the use of colour and raw materials saw her career take off to a flying start, with exhibitions around the world and collaborations with institutions such as Somerset House, the London Underground and the Olympic committee, who commissioned her to create the magnificent fabric colour-wrap for the 2012 Olympic stadium in London. Alongside her private practice, Sophie is no stranger to working closely with luxury fashion brands, which made her the perfect partner to create site-specific installations for Begg & Co.

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