Have you heard the news? Barker and Stonehouse, the UK’s largest independent family run furniture retailer is moving into old Candle Factory on York Road in Battersea, London. I can’t wait to tour the new showroom which will occupy two floors in the warehouse building – a fantastic rustic backdrop to the brand’s contemporary and retro furniture ranges. I love it when a store juxtaposes the store’s interior with their product range in the way because it makes for a more interesting shopping experience, don’t you think? In fact, the site alone is full of heritage because in the 19th century it was the factory that housed the largest manufacturer of candles in the world, affording it the name, The Candle Factory. There are two collections from the brand that I’m keen to see up close once the showroom opens – Rustic Reloaded and Vintage Candy. Aside from being evocative names, these two collections are full of Mr. Bazaar favourites!
At the heart of the Rustic Reloaded collection is the San Quentin bed which would be my ideal bed should I ever be lucky enough to have a little cabin tucked away in the woods. The rustic finished bed frame is hand-crafted from beautiful woods and is paired with cast metal hardware and so no two look the same. I have this dream of one day returning to my country roots and doing up a cosy cottage nestled by a lake in the woods. There’d be no stuffy, old fashioned interiors going on though. No siree! It would be much like the Rustic Reloaded look, which Barker and Stonehouse call a melting pot of ‘Hoxton and the Hamptons style’ (brilliant!), and featured the nod to east with colourful jute textiles and overlaid kilim rugs under foot to balance the rustic textures in the furniture. Then, back at my city pad, (yep, Mr. B is still dreaming over here…) I’d indulge in their Vintage Candy collection to create a playful and colourful apartment with a retro twist. The space would be bathed in sunlight the cheerful candy hues of the furniture, such as the Freya armchair upholstered in persian pink fabric and the sun-glow yellow of the Lila sofa would come alive and fill me with colour inspiration. Oh, and I’m sure my colour loving heart could find space for the new Blotch Studio Couch by Timorous Beasties for ercol, but I’ll have to be quick as it’s currently one of only two retailers in the world to feature the piece – the other is on display in Bergdorf Goodman, New York. Which look would you pick – Rustic Reloaded or Vintage Candy?
// Photography by Barker and Stonehouse