Mark Lowe bespoke lighting with John Sankey at Hoopers department store Tunbridge Wells
Thanks to Suzanne Flynn from John Sankey for sending me this amazing picture of Hoopers shop window in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
As I have mentioned before we have been working with John Sankey who have a large area of floor space in this Hoopers Department store. As well as the general public visiting the shop John Sankey are based there so that they can invite interior designers down from London (an other areas) to view their furniture and make orders for interior projects they have for their own customers.
John Sankey is based in Long Eaton which, as anyone in the know knows is basically the centre of the universe for upholstery. They specialise in High end beautifully designed chairs and sofas as well as other products.
We are really proud to associated our bespoke lighting with john sankey at Hoopers department store.
As you can see, across the panorama from left to right there is our Adjustable Standard Lamp in oak with an off white shade. Also our Edie coat stand beautifully dressed and finally our Standard Lamp with Yellow shade.
We are pleased and proud to have an article about us in the Beestonian magazine. The new addition of The Beestonian. The is a local magazine that’s been running since 2011. The magazine is put together entirely by volunteers. It runs entirely on sponsorship and well-wishers and is also available online.
Thank you to Debra Urbacz for spending time with me and then managing to write an article from what I’d said and putting together such a well written and beautifully presented piece.
We are also please to be part of this magazine because of it’s ethics and real passion for promoting all things local.
The article on line is – https://issuu.com/thebeestonian/docs/beestonian_66?fbclid=IwAR29DKvbgp81NADSwobwUux6a8ktDX1oCJHpUy8gHffDzz-ZKVLcECGqE14
The Beestonian’s web address is – https://beestonian.com/
Enjoy – Mark – http://www.marklowe.co.uk
Yesterday was our first visit to decorex Decorex International at Olympia London. Although I’ve attended a few exhibitions/events at Olympia This was the first time I had visited Decorex.
As well as the usual reasons for visiting; getting inspiration and chatting to other makers and interior designers. Other reasons for visiting were to meet to people with whom we had arranged before hand.
Visiting to decorex we met up with Jane and Cat from Author interiors who we will being doing business with very soon. We also managed to have a chat with someone from Eporta who was very helpful. To do with Eporta, we attended a talk/seminar about lighting design. Eporta sponsor all of the talks.
Although it was a lot of driving for a day it was definitely worth while, a few real positives came out of it, with interior designers interested in our lighting.
Just a short note to say that we’re looking forward to Handmade Oxford at the end of June. Thursday 27th June – Sunday 30th June.
Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival
This will be our first major festival and we are looking forward to meeting and talking to lots of people and new customers.
More updates to come over the next few weeks.
The story so far…
Through simple design and quality workmanship, Mark Lowe has developed a reputation for quality, handmade lighting. Along with these attributes comes the knowledge that all the products are manufactured in Nottingham, here in the UK.
Even before studying for a degree in Furniture design at the renowned Loughborough College of Art and Design, mark was a keen observer and designer. ‘I remember feeling inspired by the history of design and reading about movements like Arts and Crafts and the Bauhaus school’. After spending time working as a lighting designer and then teacher of design, Mark had the itch to design and make his own products. ‘I was sitting on the sofa and thought it would be nice to have a light that could be adjusted for reading. I started sketching ideas and a few months later had a working prototype’. Many improvements and adjustments later and the first lamp was ready to go into production (on a small scale that is). Following the success of the MLASL01 Adjustable Standard Lamp the first range was completed with the addition of the Standard Lamp and the Table lamp, both sharing a striking design feature of the coloured cord being integral to the body of the lamp. Another big part of the designs are the choices offered when you purchase a lamp. As well as the different designs the customer can choose between timbers and a wide variety of cord and shade colours. ‘It’s a bit like buying a new car, you get a number of options to really make it a bespoke lamp for you.’
This has all happened over the last few years and Mark Lowe – Lighting continues to grow and gain new followers. However, Mark is keen to keep control, not only of the business but of the quality of the products. ‘I still make all the lamps myself by hand. I will be happy to have help but know that I must be the one to complete each lamp.’ Therefore, he will not be over expanding and just aiming to ‘make a quick buck’. ‘Although the lamps are designed to be batch produced, I want to keep the numbers down. I don’t want to make this a huge business selling to anyone’.
Looking to the future
With a small but perfectly formed range of lights and a philosophy not to become too big, perhaps the company might sit on their laurels and be happy. This is not the case. ‘We are an ambitious company and want to grow in the right way’. The company will continue to develop choice for the lamps and aim to be ‘on trend’ with colours and styles. They have many products in development and are ambitious about expanding the range beyond lighting to other related items. ‘I enjoy being in my workshop making our products and more recently developing new ones. We need to think about the future. We definitely have a good idea where we want to be in ten years!’