Last Saturday we celebrated the launch of Function+Form with our first gathering – a relaxed brunch with like-minded others at Forge & Co along with our sponsors AtMine. The location couldn’t have been more fitting as an introduction to what we’re about, nestled inside Heal’s, a British brand who has always held the support of independent designers at its heart. The new cafe/co-working space, with its modern industrial interior, exposed brick, deep blue walls and wide warehouse windows created the feeling of warmth and hibernation – a nod towards our styling for this November morning.
Welcoming our guest speakers potter Jono Smart and linen apron designer Sarah Quinn of Enrich & Endure, we settled down on sofas and chairs to listen avidly to their creative journeys, delve into their own processes and consider what resonated from both designers; to find what you love, to simplify and live at a slower, more considered pace. It was wonderful to experience their pieces first hand, hold them and wear them.
After, we shared a hearty breakfast of pancakes, fruit and bagels and enjoyed the work of our partners Concrete Jungles and 31 Chapel Lane whose linen napkins and concrete planters looked beautiful styled on our table. Keeping it simple and cosy, we worked in potted rosemary and tall stems of eucalyptus for scent, dry seed heads picked from the roadside and soft moss and figs. The deep blue wall at one end of the table really set off the whole look and brought out the grain in our long wooden table. And the chairs. Did I mention the chairs? Check out those Kartell Masters…
It was a real “pinch me” moment to see all our plans come together and such a fantastic group of people around the table enjoying themselves, making new connections. Yes to more of those moments. We have so enjoyed the journey thus far and are already making plans for Function+Form02 in Spring 2016.
Thanks to our guests who turned out to support us on an early Saturday morning and to our brilliant partners for lending their designs to our stylings:
31 Chapel Lane
Hole & Corner magazine
Enrich & Endure
And to our sponsors AtMine for their support.
If you’d like to join our growing community, be it through attending future gatherings, speaking as a designer/maker or perhaps as a partner or sponsor, you can get in touch with me and Annie here. We’d love to talk more with you.
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