Our Catalogue..

Our catalogue is now ready to be posted out to you. It has our full range of products including new ones!
Please email fricker@bainesandfricker.net if you would like to receive a copy.

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Atelier Brancusi..

Next to the Pompidou Centre is a replica of Constantin Brancusi’s studio. When he died he left everything to the French state.
It was a really beautiful and inspiring space. His work is clean and and simple but with many different materials. I am often as interested in the artists studio as their work and it is a good insight into the processes, particularly when the work could appear quite sterile in a gallery setting. I liked the mass/collection of works and would like to see this way of presenting work with different artists.

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Shops in Paris..

There were lots of small interesting shops. We found some great secondhand stationers and toy shops.
One of our favourite finds was a small architect led furniture shop LdeO&Co which had some simple but beautiful pieces.

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Our friends in Paris..

We really like cats and were pleased to hear about a cat hotel opening in Paris. The owner Gauthier has designed the hotel and considered all details. As well as great design he has worked closely with a cat behaviourist to make sure that all the cats are happy who stay there.
It was great to see our wallpaper in the hotel and to meet all the cats.

We also visited The Collection, one of stockists and Merci.

http://www.aristide-leblog.com/

http://www.thecollection.fr/

http://www.merci-merci.com/en/

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We went to Paris..

England has embraced all the rubbish of American culture. A long conservative government in the eighties encouraged individualism and consumerism on such a scale that people bought in to buying on a huge scale from out of town supermarkets and cheap clothing stores. There was an encouragement to buy more than we need and cheaply. Where England was once at the forefront of interesting fashions we have now been swamped by high street fashion where the individual is lost to the mass of disposable fashion. Small independent shops for fresh produce are few and far between. We are obsessed with property and prices and the lure of houses with gardens in the suburbs.
We chose to bring up our family in central Brighton. I have talked before about the love of living in a lively neighbourhood with small shops and conveniences. We love living in a flat and the more equal existence this creates.

Paris was full of cafes and fresh food. It was refreshing to see street markets and bakeries selling good food. The dress sense was more conservative but it was also simple and considered. Less is more..

We have just come back from a few days in Paris.. We went to see our stockists, walk the streets and eat nice food.
We had a very nice time indeed and here are favourite bits..

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Clerkenwell Design Week..

Here are our favourite things from Clerkenwell Design week.. As always the Knoll shop was a calm oasis of beautiful luxury.
We really loved the Vestre outdoor furniture which was a lively approach to municipal seating. The Arad Tom Vac chair exhibition in Vitra was good fun. We had just read a great interview with Ron Arad who talked about making things for love “To be honest, I don’t really think commercially. This is how we work – we want to do the best we can; it’s not about world domination.” Which I think is the only downside of some of the designers who seem to go for the ‘contract pound’ leaving designs feeling rather cold.

Please click on the pictures to enlarge..

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New Project..

This year we have been undertaking much larger design projects such as offices, restaurants and now our daughters school playground.
Her school is small and right in the middle of our city. There is some greenery but there is also a lot of tarmac/safety flooring. The old play equipment was broken and was recently removed.
In the existing flower beds the children love to dig for bugs and make things.
A friend works in North London for for the free play schemes.. We went to visit in the Easter Holiday and were staggered by the freeness and wild feel of these playgrounds despite being in the middle of housing estates.
I also recently visited the gardens on the top of Southbank which are also a great example of creating green spaces in the middle of an urban environment.

We are working on designs now to create a wild, free and imaginative space for children in the middle of a busy city.

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My Grandfather..

I have never met my grandfather. My dad has two memories of him and they both involve lavish gifts. Once his father bought him a puppy and the other time he arrived at their tiny flat in Shepherds Bush with a ride on carousel from Harrods that took up the whole living room. Neither of the two gifts were kept.

My grandfather was a jewellery thief in the 1950s and despite the glamourous nights out and gifts there was also a miserable side of police visits and unreliability that eventually led to his complete disappearance from my families lives. My grandmother then became a single parent in the 1950s and raised two small children all by herself. He never financially supported them and never got in touch again. We are unsure if anyone made a conscious decision over this.

We do not speak to my grandmother about it and so we only have snippets of information- they knew the Krays, they knew Ruth Ellis, he became a vet..

This is a photo of him and and my grandmother at the Hammersmith Palais.
My brother looks just like him.

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Our Favourite Place..

We recently returned for a long weekend to Rye, Dungeness and Hastings. The landscape always inspires us and the three of us love to walk/bird watch at the nature reserve, go to the junk shops in Rye and the amusements in Hastings. The last few months have been our busiest to date with many orders, bigger design projects and taking on a new workshop. This weekend of chips and cake was a well needed..

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New Products..

We have been extremely busy with a variety of projects such as a fitting a new media office and bedroom and dressing room for a residential property. We have also been designing and making our new designs.

These new products will be photographed the first week of May and we will then be sending out details to our mailing list. Please do sign up to be the first to receive news on these on our ‘contact’ page. There are some lovely new things coming very soon!

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Stephen Powers..

I have already spoken about one of massive inspirations being the artists from the Alleged Gallery in New York in the 90s.. One of our favourite artists is Stephen Powers who uses extracts of poetry and turns of phrase to create large scale typographic pieces on buildings. There is a vibrancy and movement to the work as well as being witty and tender.

His new book A Love Letter to the City is out now..

We have said it before but this excellent documentary Beautiful Losers about a group of artists is really worth watching. There are some really interesting arguments raised about the pressures of success once artists work is recognised and the commercial benefit recognised by large corporations.

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Subversive Design Exhibition..

We managed to catch the Subversive Design exhibition at the Brighton Art Museum and Gallery just before it closed. It was an exhibition about how artists and designers interpret the world around them. There was a mixture of materials on display from ceramics, fashion, furniture, jewellery and textiles. The tapestry pieces by Julien Walker were my favourite pieces and there was a very good documentary featuring some of the artists talking about how they produced their work..

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Subversive Design Exhibition..

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Subversive Design Exhibition..

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Subversive Design Exhibition..

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New HQ..

We are extremely excited to finally have found a shared studio and workshop for Baines&Fricker. We have spent a long time finding a space that was right for us both. We had always liked a building in Hove but for various reasons it was not feasible until now. It is great 1960s industrial building with large windows and lots of light. We will have a workshop for making furniture, screen printing space, studio, stockroom and showroom!
We have lots of work to do on it and I will post pictures as it develops..
We may even have a moving in party..

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Valentines..

This woman has been constantly wronged by the wrong man.. She has seen far too much but keeps on going.
There has to be a decent one out there..
All those songs were written for her and any man that can sing Hank Williams is one worth chasing..
Life is hard but she’s made it this far..

Tattoo Woman £50 by Eliza Fricker and Adam Sage. Available from our website.

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Cast Courts Drawing..

We have become very interested in the V&A cast courts recently..
The collection is divided into casts of Northern European,Spanish sculpture and Trajan’s column in the west court and casts of Italian monuments in the east.
They are vast and overwhelming in size but after spending an afternoon there you soon begin to focus on details.

These are some recent drawings I have been working on of some of the faces I like..

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Our best bits..

This has been a good year for us.. We have worked hard and seen some good things happen. There have been some tricky bits along the way but we are continuing to get over these by doing nice stuff together.
We built a new fireplace in time for Christmas, got a really really nice puppy and have seen some mega cakes!

Happy new year to you all!
Eliza and Steve.

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Our best bits.. Museums.

We found some more interesting things in museums..

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