Saturday, 5 April 2014

A Creative Kickstart…


We first came across Tom Hutchinson's work during our annual scout of 'New Designers'. Sat quietly in the corner of the Islington's Business Design Centre, three simply crafted and beautifully minimal glass,  timber and felt pieces were on show, and immediately caught our eye.

Tom of course made our shortlist, and having been in frequent contact about stocking his elegant wares, he told us about his Kickstarter project to take his first collection from the workshop to full scale production.


Based in the heart of York in the UK, Tom and his business partner JJ are passionate about beautiful materials, quality craftsmanship and thoughtful design. After graduating in November 2013 with a degree in Product Design and Business Management, he set about creating his first homeware range, Obtineo, combining contemporary design with traditional manufacturing methods, and all entirely crafted in the UK. The simplicity of the range gives it amazing versatility, from classic kitchen storage, to a place to keep your keys.


His Kickstarter project hit our inbox a little over a week ago accompanied by a short film and a selection of his pieces to pledge for. Instantly spoilt for choice we are keeping our fingers crossed that in a few months time, not only have Tom and JJ reached there goal,  we also have our very own piece of the Obtineo range!

Tom's story is exactly why we do what we do. New design talent in the UK shouldn't be overlooked, dreams shouldn't be put to one side. Passion, persistence and the belief in an idea is all you need to do something that you love…


If you would like to support Tom's project, visit tomhutchinsondesign.co.uk and click Kickstarter to find out more...

*All images are copyright of Tom Hutchinson Design

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Time for a Spring Clean...

So you may have noticed our distinct lack of contact over the last couple of months, and aside from being bundled up with multiple layers of jumpers, waterproofs and wellies, we have been busy working on our biggest project to date, the long awaited relaunch of our all singing, all dancing, all new website!

We are extremely excited after nearly three years of testing out the market, and crafting our mix of products and designers, that we can finally give you a new home for all aspects of what we do.

looklikelove.co.uk will showcase not only an amazing array of products in a similar way to now, but will also include designer profiles for each of our talented graduates with links to their own sites in our 'Hand-Picked' section.

We are also excited to be relaunching with a mix of brand new talent as well as a few familiar designers, all with new collections and will culminate with a relaunch party over the next few months.

We will continue to support, nurture and promote graduate, emerging and part-time designers with a combination of online and offline events, as well as working with designers on an individual basis on their own solo projects and exhibitions.

Watch this space for further details, a few sneak peeks of our work in progress and an introduction to some of the new talent and collections you can expect to see...

We'll be right back!!!

Kate&Eden xx

P.S We are always on the look out for new talent, so if you are a new designer, about to graduate or graduated in the last 12 months, based in the UK, and want to be part of Look Like Love we would love to hear from you.

Email; us@looklikelove.co.uk with a bit about you and a few examples of your work and we'll be in touch.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Make a Wish...


We don't know about you but we are pretty unorganised when it comes to Christmas. Maybe it's something to do with the fact that we just don't feel Christmassy until at least the 15th December, despite all the tinsel and tunes going into overdrive as soon as the first door opens on the advent calendar!

With that said, we want to make sure you are all sorted with an almost last minute Christmas wish list, of some of our favourite pieces ready and waiting to be gift wrapped just for you…



We can exclusively launch a new collection from the very talented Nicola Reed, who being one of our original graduate designers, returns as a Look Like Love alumni with her latest collection.
Her signature look, using vintage pieces and felt mixed with precious stones and silver makes this latest offering something special to adorn at the Christmas dinner table and beyond…




A limited edition print is always a firm favourite when it comes to stocking fillers, so Kayleigh Hadley's individually hand-drawn illustrations and quotes will definitely work their magic…



There's always room for a little more colour, so why not start January with one, two or a few of these African print cushions from House of Arike to brighten up those long, grey Winter days…



A New year beckons, so clear the decks and start those to-do lists, it's time to get organised with the help of Clea Jentsch's desk tidy collection…



As well as these talented new designers, there's plenty more to see in our shop, and don't forget to enter discount code XMASTREAT at the check-out for 10% off all orders*

Have an amazing Christmas, love from Kate & Eden xx



*Discount valid until 19th December at 6.00pm



Sunday, 3 November 2013

And the Nominees Are...


At this Summer's New Designers event we came across a great range of talent, and ear-marked a few designers to get in touch with. One of which, some of you may remember that caught our eye was Clea Jentsch from Kingston University, with her simple, clean lines and pastel shades of her Desk Tidy series.


We just had to sign her up for our online shop, and a month or so later, after catching up with Clea in Shoreditch, we launched her limited edition collection.

Sitting pride of place on our home page, the pieces showcase the simplicity and creativity of working with honest materials and we are pleased to be representing Clea and her collection as she forges her path as a new designer.


Last week we heard from Clea to let us know that she has been shortlisted for the New Design Britain Awards which run in conjunction with INTERIORS UK.

The judges revealed which entrants have made it through to the final, and will be displaying their designs at the UK's definitive trade interiors event where the winners will be announced.


Now in its 10th year, the New Design Britain awards celebrate young design talent, uniquely giving them a platform to industry, like no other trade show. The awards are judged according to four categories: Furniture, Furnishing Accessories, Fabrics and Surfaces. Shortlisted from 150 entries, a list of all the finalists including Clea can be found here.

On the INTERIORS UK facebook page you can vote by liking your favourite designer. You can vote for any of the nominees but of course we would love your support for Clea! Vote here.

And not to give a sales pitch, you can find Clea's shortlisted collection online to buy now, a design classic in the making, we think so!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

It started with...


Nine months ago in our daily search for new and interesting design talent, we came across furniture designer and up-cycler Yinka Ilori. His approach to recycled design was something a bit different, and not your average shabby chic styling.


As a relatively new designer, (he graduated in 2008) he has been slowly building a following and portfolio of work. His strong design ethos of incorporating story-telling or Nigerian parables from his childhood gave a fresh perspective on furniture design, and the use of unloved pieces as a starting point added that extra depth to each piece.

We met Yinka in the depths of Winter with the intention of presenting his work through our on-line shop, when he pitched the idea of wanting to have his first solo show, and would we be interested in helping him achieve his goal...



Fast-forward to the evening of Thursday 12th September, and The Old Shoreditch Station on Kingsland Road in London is bustling with friends, family and press to celebrate the launch of 'It Started With A Parable' Yinka Ilori's first solo show, and a chance to celebrate our collaboration, and more importantly to showcase Yinka's unique furniture designs.



Set against the back-drop of the ultimate recycled building, The Old Shoreditch Station was brought back to life by its owners JaguarShoes Collective using a mish-mash of re-used furniture and fittings, and is now a thriving bar, cafe and shop in the heart of East London. 

Yinka's pieces now adorn the windows, ceilings and walls in an explosion of colour and sculptural shapes.


Staying true to our company ethos of supporting, promoting and nurturing new designers, we feel we have achieved our goal, and in his speech on Thursday evening, Yinka feels he has achieved his too, our job here is done!


'It Started With A Parable' runs from 12th September to 24th November 
at The Old Shoreditch Station, 1 Kingsland Rd  London, E2 8AA

See the full photo album via our Facebook Page

All pieces are available to buy from 
The Old Shoreditch Station now
and via Look Like Love in the next few weeks...


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Look Like Love collaborates with designer Yinka Ilori...


'It Started With A Parable' A solo installation 
at The Old Shoreditch Station

12th September to 24th November 2013



During the 6-week exhibition, coinciding with London Design Festival and in his first presentation of new work since Milan Design Week, Yinka Ilori adds pieces to his collection by using a combination of vintage modernist furniture and traditional stories from his childhood, creating one-off pieces inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and story-telling, creating meaningful yet humorous furniture designs.
Yinka will be at The Old Shoreditch Station for live up-cycling sessions, using pieces donated by Jaguar Shoes and vintage modernist furniture from across East London, working in all three spaces, the building itself having been renovated and up-cycled by its owners JaguarShoes Collective.

“This is a pivotal moment for Yinka who is stepping out of the guise of graduate designer to become an emerging talent. He has already showcased his work at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York, and was selected to exhibit at Talents at Ambiente in Frankfurt, so the opportunity to feature alongside some of the world’s finest designers as part of London Design Festival adds to the excitement, and we are honoured to be collaborating with him on his first solo outing.” - Look Like Love

'It Started With A Parable' runs from 12th September to 24th November at Old Shoreditch Station, 1 Kingsland Rd  London, E2 8AA

Look Like Love - Set up by Kate Brewer and Eden Asfaha in 2011 to support, promote and showcase new designers, Look Like Love have extended their reach beyond their blog and on-line shop, to work with designers on an individual basis to co-curate, in Ilori’s case, his first solo exhibition.
Yinka Ilori - Product & furniture designer with the future in mind, Yinka Ilori up-cycles and re-works old, unloved furniture to produce brand new interpretations. Yinka Ilori aims to challenge perceptions of waste through the regeneration and revitalisation of every-day furniture, where every piece deserves the chance to be loved again. Yinka Ilori has benefited hugely from the Prince’s Trust who supported him when he graduated, and without their assistance, he would not be the successful designer he is today.
JAGUARSHOES COLLECTIVE - constitutes a group of creatively motivated businesses and individuals working in art, film, fashion, music, publishing and design. We provide many platforms for creative talent; from exhibitions and events, to collaborative products and retail opportunities. We believe in, and aim to motivate positive change through creative output.


Our launch will take place on Thursday 12th September from 7pm and we'd love to see you there...