The future is bright: summer talks and DIY workshops at Future and Found
PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 June 2017
Tufnell Park's Future and Found is running a series of workshops to help you design your future dream home or start your own small business
Tufnell Park’s Future and Found is running a series of workshops this July to inspire you to create your most stylish interiors and help you get in touch with your crafty side. The shop on Brecknock Road has recently taken over the retail unit next door to expand their space, and hopes that the workshops will inspire people to get creative.
Founder of Future and Found, Andrea Bates said: “We want to become a real destination for design and interiors within north London. The workshops all relate to interiors and skills & products people can take home with them so are very complementary to our retail and interior design service. All will be relaxed, fun and creative.”
Lucio Longoni and Ms Bates both worked at Heals prior to meeting at a design talk at Shoreditch House. Together they discussed the possibility of running the workshop programme.
The retail buyer and consultant, who has worked for the likes of Urban Outfitters and Penhaligons, hopes that a range of people will attend.
“It’s very open. It would be great if we had some people who were university leavers but we’d equally love some people who would like to do a sideline business. I’ve had people to do workshops like this before who are just starting out,” he said.
Longoni’s workshop will help participants through the process of taking a concept to market, focussing on making the product unique and pricing it correctly.
“It probably does sound a bit dragons den but I think the design industry works a bit differently; it’s a bit more boutiquey and friendly and relaxed. My aim is to pass on practical advice to people in the design-related industry. It tends to be that people are very good at the design angle and the creative angle, but they want somebody who’s good at that but understands the strategic and process side of it together. It’s really about bringing the two aspects together and passing on advice and helping people,” he said.
For those with deft fingers and green thumbs, Gus Cavanagh of Augustus Bloom offers a flower arranging course to inspire people to decorate their home and take a little time out for themselves.
He said: “It’s lovely to be able to arrange flowers. People often notice the therapeutic benefits of working with their hands and using nature in a creative way. Although when people bring flowers home they are often disappointed with how they end up looking once they have unwrapped them and tried to arrange them in a vase.
“We will teach everyone some simple tricks to help them arrange their flowers beautifully. They will get a chance to practise handling the flowers first, with some seasonal English flowers and then they will get the chance to create their very own floral masterpiece to take home.”
From styling workshops to quirky chandelier and printing designs, there’s something for everyone in Future & Found’s workshop programme. Here’s what’s on:
Interior styling with Despina Curtis
Despina has worked in the industry for over ten years with Delle Decoration and Wallpaper* magazine. She will guide you through the process of editorial and commercial styling in this workshop, drawing on her work for the likes of Harrods, Swarovski and Harper’s Bazaar.
Tuesday 4th July
Pajaki chandeliers with Bobbin & Bow
Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper, these traditional 18th century decoration pieces will bring a touch of wellness to your home as you are led by Karolina Merska.
Sunday 9th July
Taking home & lifestyle products to retail with Lucio Longoni
One for budding entrepreneurs, Longoni’s 15 years in the retail buying industry provide the guiding force behind this course which will explain how to take a product from idea to market. Having worked as a buyer for brands like Skandium and Heals, Longoni established his own consultancy focussing on finding harmony between trends and beauty, as well as providing the commercial backbone for a viable business product.
Tuesday 11th July
Flower styling with Augustus Bloom
The name says it all, Augustus Bloom know their stuff when it comes to flowers. Gus Cavanagh has created beautiful bouquets for companies from the likes of Jamie Oliver Ltd to Estee Lauder and Soho House and will be on hand to guide you through the creative process of flower arranging.
Thursday 13th July
Screen printing with Kangan Arora
A London design studio that recently designed a range for upscale furnisher Heals, Kangan Arora are masters of effervescence. This beginner’s workshop will introduce you to the world of screen printing using hand cut stencils and different inks and vivid pigments, all inspired by the colourful landscape of India.
Sunday 23rd July
Colouring our lives and homes with Rebecca Harkness
Colour me beautiful with Rebecca Harkness from Design Relations as the Design Relations Director walks and talks you through the world of colour, how it relates to our lives and how we can use it to best effect.
Sunday 30th July
To find out more and to book your place visit Future and Found.