Thursday, 31 March 2011
Thurs 31st March : House of Hackney Pop Up
When Lily Vanilli raised her eyebrow, nodded and passed me a little rolled tube of paper, I wondered exactly what kind of "High Tea" she had invited me to?!?! As it transpired the white cylinder uncurled to be Claire Voyant message specially written for me by the fortune cookie teller quietly typing away in the corner. Lilli had sprinkled a little sneaky surprise into the mix of her tea shop experience with this unexpected humorous gimmick, and laced her cake canapes with suitably hallucinogenic ingredients such as absinthe mint chocolate chip ice cream. The cheeky ambience of decadent debauchery in Lily's private members cake club has been devised to reflect the surroundings of its home in the hub of the "House of Hackney" pop up shop. This new interior design enterprise have a print titled "Hackney Empire" with depictions of animals up to mischief: bush babies playing accordions, badgers drinking cocktails, sloths smoking a hookah. The label who have been coined "Colefax and Fowler on Acid" are a team hailing from a fashion background who have turned their hand to applying print in their home. Motivated to create an alternative option to products currently available, the couple conceived the quirky concept "House of Hackney". The range has been integrated into their own 3 story town house in Hackney which serves as the showroom and now for one week been gutted and reinstated in a location house for this pop up presentation. The all encompassing line of wallpaper, bed linen and furniture has been dressed in a Casa Vogue editorial style with misplaced mirrors, cluttered crockery and bleached out / dip died eider down. Its right on trend with distorted lampshades and curtain pelmets akin to a Katranzou creation or Diana Vreeland feel of luscious luxury in gilt gold and warm scarlets.
Javvy M Royle and Frieda Gormley have made the most honest and pure creative decision to design for their own vision which results in something that ultimately will appeal to others looking for the same missing link on the market. They have also made the sacrifice of volunteering for one of the most stressful events in a lifetime, by moving house a few times in a matter of days. Make sure you honour this devotion of their direction by attending the pop up shop now open to the public ........... and sample one of Lily's hand painted pistachio éclairs whilst you're there!
(For High Tea bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up....... tickets are £10 and include cake and ice cream. Entry to the Pop Up Shop is free).
Thursday 31st March - Sunday 3rd April 10am-7pm
76 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney, N16 7XB
243/ 149/ Dalston Over ground/ Dalston Kingsland
(Here are host Gwendoline Christie with guests Louise Gray and Ashley Fletcher, Marawa the Amazing showing me a mini version of her fruit salad of death act, Lily Vanilli and her fortune cookie teller)