Posted on

Article in the – Lock Down – Beestonian, Creative Beeston

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

Posted on

Development of products and Etsy revamp news

Good Morning

Development of products and Etsy revamp news.

I just thought I would do a quick check in this morning. I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. We are trying our best to keep busy and are looking at aspects of the business that, for various reasons, have been low on the to do list.

I hoping to continue work on a few products that have been put on the back burner including my forever ongoing Overhead lamp. I’ve got some of the development work at a positive point but it feels like there is loads to go. I generally  think products end up much better when you take time to develop them. I tend to have a good few sessions on one and then leave it for a while. When I come back to them I can soon see what bits have worked and what was not good (I was too immersed in it at the time). So, we have a long way to go but hopefully we can creep nearer over the next few weeks. – I’ll keep you updated.

We’ve also been working on our Etsy shop over the last week. It was set up a couple of years ago but had not been our best form of outlet. We had a few sales through it recently so thought it would be worth a bit of time. We will be doing some exclusive promotion through Etsy very soon, so keep your eyes to the ground.

Cheers all

Mark

Posted on

Being Sustainable with all our packaging

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.

Mark Lowe

 

Sustainable packaging at mark lowe

Posted on

New Product – Edie Key Rack

New Product – Edie Key Rack

We’re pleased to introduce a new product to our range – The Edie Key Rack

The Edie Key Rack fits perfectly within the Edie range with its personal feature being the choice of coloured acrylic disc.

Keys are simply slotted securely into the channel or on the single hook to hold more.

The Edie key rack is a unique design feature for your kitchen or Hallway. It’s not only practical but will reflect your original and distinctive taste.

Dimensions

– Length 360mm x Width 64mm x Thickness 22mm (100 for hook)

Delivery

We make each Edie key rack to allow for your choices. Each key rack is lovingly handmade. Please allow 4 weeks for the delivery of your key rack.

FREE DELIVERY IN THE UK but please email us if you are outside the UK.

Options

Wood – Oak – Ash

Discs – Black – White – Green – Red – Blue – Yellow – Orange – Pink

Price – £95

Edie Key Rack Front View Black Disc Edie Key Rack Edie Key Rack Acrylic Disk Detail

Posted on

Covid 19

 

Dear Customers

We thought it was important to add a notice to our website and get in touch with all our customers to explain our position, thoughts and what we are able to do.

It feels like we’ve not been in communication for a while. The world has change (at least for now). Everything feels different and strange this is new to us all.

Apart from all the problems both personal and as a business associated with Covid 19, we have had a terrible family ’emergency’. About 3 weeks ago 2 close family members were involved in a serious road traffic accident. Thankfully both are slowly recovering but it has really changed our world and this is massively compounded by Covid 19.

As I am typing this it feels like we can start to get back on track, even if it is a very different world. We will all need to get used to this way of life for a while and, as a small business, we are able to do most of our work from home. So we are aiming to get moving again. We have the materials and components to continue. We have developed some new products (before all this) and will be getting some (home done) photography and getting them on our website over the next few weeks.

Although we understand that buying interior products is not the priority right now. We do also understand that people are keen to think about life after all this and have time to think about their houses and browsing the web for future dreams or real ambitions.

All the best and keep safe

Mark and Marianne.

Posted on

Embankment show at the begining of March

We were pleased to take part in the recent event at The Embankment near Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

The Makers Market is held a few times a year. We had a brilliant spot in a beautiful room to show off or product range.

marklowe.co.uk wanted to use the event as a way of enabling some of our local contacts to come and see us and be able to see all our products out on show. We got in touch with all the local interior designers we have talked to and were please to welcome a number of them over the day.

As any business person knows, it is so important to be able to talk top customers ‘in the flesh’ and for them to see our products in front of them and altogether.

We have also developed some new products that we had showcased at the event. We have a key rack in the theme of the Edie coat rack and two different shaped hardwood cutting boards that also follow the theme. We got loads of positive feedback about them. They will be coming to our shop very soon.

Next stop is ECLECTIC HOMES & INTERIORS FAIR 

Sat 11 April 2020 (Shoreditch, London)

More to come very soon.

Kind Regards

Mark

 

 

Posted on

Featured in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

We are very please to be featured in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.

Luxury lifestyle magazine is premium online magazine with an high emphasis on quality and luxury.

They say:

‘Luxury Lifestyle Magazine is the ultimate showcase for five-star travel, fine dining, expensive property. We publish quality over quantity as our affluent and high net readership only want to read about the brands and services that deliver on their promises. This is why the vast majority of the hotels, restaurants and consumer brands featured on this website have been road tested by our expert team of writers. Our responsibility is to connect our loyal readers with only the world’s most prestigious companies.’

Luxury Lifestyle magazine were keen to feature our products because they felt it would fit with their ethos as well as focusing on smaller British businesses. They were very keen to showcase our continuing strive for more sustainable products in all the ways we can.

We are very happy with the article and feel it reflects us well. Thank you and we will see more in the future.

Have a read Article

 

Mark

Posted on

Really happy to have new lamp shade colours and shapes.

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

Posted on

New contemporary lampshade colours for the autumn

We have chosen new shade colours and are trying a new shade shape this autumn.

New contemporary lampshade colours for the autumn

At mark lowe We regularly look  for the new colour trends of the season. Keeping our eyes out throughout the year. Looking online, in magazines and by visiting shows. Yellow with a gold lining has been a very popular choice. This autumn we are going for a slightly different yellow this time in linen (also a very popular fabric). As with the previous yellow this will be with a gold lining. We are also going for a turquoise with copper lining. This is an exciting new colour with the ever popular copper lining.

Of course we still have a large variety of coloured fabric cords to choose from. Choose the right one to compliment your new contemporary lampshade colours for the autumn

All these new colour combos along with regular one’s will be available for you to view at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Deansgate, Manchester 10th -13th October.

We are looking forward to meeting you there.

Mustard yellow and turquois colour swatches
Colour swatches for the new autumn shades.

Yours Mark

 

 

Posted on

New Product Launch – Edie Coat Rack

We’re really pleased to be launching our brand new Edie Coat Rack at this years Handmade Oxford show (see previous blog).
Based on the Edie coat stand the Coat Rack is wall mounted and, as with so many of our products, you can different options to suit your style and needs. These include; Wood, size (how many hooks) and a choice of coloured discs inset behind the hooks.
Soon to be available on this website, come and view them at the show – Handmade Oxford, Waterperry gardens Thursday 27th to Sunday Edie Coat Rack in AshEdie Coat Rack in Ash