Now I don’t know about you but what with the change in weather and the realisation that most of my clothes are definitely meant for outside and not hours on sofas with slippers/indoor shoes, I have felt myself wandering towards shopping sites for the first time in weeks. Just for a look you understand. And the press releases of new stock keep dropping into my inbox and, with them, the realisation that some of these businesses really need you to keep shopping where you can if they are to survive this virus.
And so, having checked with the maker to see if he was still making, I decided it was time to post about this gorgeous lamp that was delivered to me for a photoshoot a few weeks ago and which I have been unable (sorry/not sorry) to return. And in the course of talking to him about his work I discovered that he has set up a brilliant initiative called Small Businesses 4 NHS and so it seemed like the perfect moment for us to perhaps have a tiny shop and do good at the same time.
Small Businesses 4 NHS is a weekly raffle – tickets cost £5 – and a group of small businesses donate the prizes with all profits going to the NHS Charity. Rob Laurie, founder of Laurie Lamps and his co-founder Kapara London have raised over £3,500 in two weeks with each Sunday night draw and you can buy as many tickets as you want.
That’s basically it. I have linked to the relevant pages – you can donate, buy tickets and check out the prizes on the instagram feed. And I thought I would tell you a little bit about some of the businesses taking part in case you want to buy from them anyway in the meantime.
First up Rob, who makes customised, small run and one off lamps in his south London studio. This one pictures is an old French copper garden sprayer. Others are made from thick glass, marbled porcelain or old wine vats and carbouys. He also has a selection of lamps you can choose to customise your base and lots of different coloured cord flex too. Rob was planning a series of collaborations before lockdown and only managed to get one up and running, with Francesca Gentilli, but he will also do commissions so if you wanted to commemorate a bottle of champagne drunk for a special occasion or you found your own base at a holiday market, then he’s yer man.
Other businesses who have, or are, taking part include Ibbi, who sell ceramics, throws, tableware and all sorts of home accessories. You’ll need to check the Just Giving Page for the donation but I wanted to show you this gorgeous glass jug as an example of other things they sell.
And also Jessica Osborne, who designs and sells fabric and wallpaper including this lovely star print below. Her fabric and wallpaper is printed in the North of England.
“The first wallpaper machine was invented in the North of England so it made sense to me to print there,” she says on her website.
Do keep an eye on the page to discover more small businesses you can buy from and if you are a small business then message Rob through the instagram page to see about taking part or donating a prize which, this week also includes a pair of earrings from Margot and Mila and a veg box from boutique catering business Doggert & Squash and not forgetting Rob’s brother Charles Laurie who makes leather goods and is, apparently, working on a leather lampshade range who donated to leather card cases last week.
And if you’ve read this far – a link to a piece in The Standard about who’s still delivering paint at the moment.