Thank you to Debra Urbacz for letting us be part of the ‘Lock Down’ article, ‘The New State of Independents‘ for Creative Beeston/Beestonian magazine. We enjoyed putting our answers together with Marianne doing the final ‘interview’. It’s the second time Mark Lowe has been feature as part of the Beestonian magazine, thank you, we are always grateful for the publicity. We’re also always very keen to be part of the local community, it’s such an important aspect of being an individual or business in any area.
Debra does a brilliant job supporting and publicising all the creative people in our local area – of which there are lots. supporting local business in any form is really important. we all need a boost in so many ways!
Thank again and keep safe, Mark
The New State of Independents
At Mark Lowe we are always trying to be as sustainable as we can. A big part of this is being sustainable with all our packaging. We are always working on how to make our products more sustainable. We know that our customers are not the type of people to buy and then throw away objects after a year or so. Our customers buy our products to last for many years maybe even forever!
When it comes to packaging we want to do the same. Most of our products are posted in some way (see a previous blog on me driving to south Wales for an alternative). We have to make sure that whatever has been ordered will survive the journey, therefore we have to use enough packaging to protect your precious cargo.
We have updated our packaging over the last 6 months and now only use paper packaging for all our products – our shades do come in a plastic bag as this comes from our shade manufacturer. – We have found a good alternative to bubble wrap through a company called Kite packaging which does the job very well. (see picture below).
So, we will continual to work hard and be sustainable with all our packaging. I think we are doing well so far.
Featured Nottingham Creative – for The Creative Quarter.
Thank you to the Nottingham Creative Quarter for featuring us in their weekly newsletter/online in their ‘Featured Business’ section.
I enjoyed answering a few questions regarding the business, other businesses and Nottingham in general.
It’s nice to get questions and then to really think about how you should answer. It was nice to mention some friends and fellow creatives that I have worked with and that have helped me – Olivia Aspinall and Joff and Ollie have been really big helps to us and good friends as well. It’s also nice to talk about where we go in Nottingham for food and drinks.
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As a follow up to the previous post I did regarding working with Georgia Lloyd photography, I wanted to do another one as we now have the photos and are really happy with them.
We had a great morning taking loads of shots mainly of me in the workshop (and quite a few without me thankfully). Georgia then went away to pick and edit them. She then supplied us with a very large number to use for ourselves. Because we had a good variety of shots it allows us to use them for all different contexts. I don’t feel like we will run out of different shots to use.
So thanks again to George Lloyd photography for her skill and enthusiasm and for providing us with so many amazing shots to use. I have and will enjoy working with Georgia Lloyd Photography
Please go to her website or follow her on Instagram or to our for more shots. I am always happy to recommend her.
Really happy to have new lamp shade colours and shapes.
We are really happy to have some new shade colours available as well as an overall new shade design. To add more options we have had a new shade shape made for our standard lamp. As with the current shade it is large but this one has a slight taper to it. The name for this shape/design is a French Drum and we feel it fit with our own designs very well indeed. We have also added to our colour range adding a new Yellow on linen with gold lining and a completely new colour of Aqua Blue with a copper lining which are both available in any of our shades. They have proved very popular. We will continue to introduce new colours as we seek to be ahead of the colour trends. Thanks to Jack Neville for the excellent shots
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.
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 before Christmas I had an order to be delivered to south Wales. We booked for it to be picked up by Hermes but unfortunately they didn’t bother turning up not once but twice. Due to certain complications regarding delivery to the address I decided to take the parcel down myself. After doing this I posted a picture on Instagram with a brief description like this. This was picked up by The Nottingham Evening post and they did a (nearly) full page feature on the story!
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As a Nottingham business I thought it would be a good idea to start to pick out other successful local businesses that have similar values as us. 200 degrees coffee was started (like lots of great businesses) in a garage in 2012. In 2014 they opened their first coffee shop in the Flying horse walk. They now have a number of shops from Birmingham to Leeds. I visited the Carrington street shop which is just outside Nottingham railway station. I really recommend a visit not just for the excellent offee but the intimate and busy atmosphere.