The People We Know & Love

Simon

Simon

I’ve known Simon since we worked together on our children’s school parents association. The highlight of the school year was the Summer Fête. Simon would go, at the crack of dawn, to Billingsgate Market to buy fresh oysters and tiger prawns for a huge and delicious BBQ. Talk about going above and beyond! This could be said to be Simon’s defining quality. If something’s going to be done it’s going to be big, beautiful and of the highest quality. Meals at Simon’s home are banquets with too many people crammed joyously around an extra long table (hand crafted by Simon himself of course).

His products are the same. Stunning furniture and objects for the home, lovingly crafted from the most beautiful oak, ash or walnut, they exude Simon’s love for the pieces he imagines and creates.

For Know & Love Simon has produced a collection for the kitchen; a set of delightful asymmetrical wooden boards, iPad stands for your recipes and a clever salt and pepper box. To own one of these is to own a truly unique, high quality example of pure craftsmanship.

Jordan

Jordan

Jury service. I’ve done it twice now and anyone else who’s had the pleasure of serving Her Majesty’s Criminal Service will concur that there is a lot of waiting around. They advise you in the literature you receive to bring a book. I read two in my two weeks. Other people chatted, played games on their phones or even played chess.

One young man on my jury service would get out his sketch book at every opportunity and carefully work away at a beautiful illustration. The quality of drawing was excellent. I asked him about his work, we got chatting and I found myself asking him if he’d be interested in producing a range of cards for my shop. Funny where you meet people. You never know where the next connection you will make might be. Jordan’s talent is obvious and I’m delighted to be promoting it through Know & Love.

The Beginning

The Beginning

Having worked in the creative world for 30 years I am keenly aware of the way that ideas are formed. Brainstorming, focus groups, mood boards, research and client questionnaires are all tools of the trade when it comes to the art of presenting your audience with a blinder of an idea that’s going to change their world, tell their story, shape their brand or simply point them in the right direction. But more often than not an idea will come from a random chat about something completely different - and that’s how Know & Love started.

My partner Tim and I were idly marvelling at how many people we know who are talented artists, designers and makers. We have family, friends, colleagues, clients, suppliers and old school and university peers who are incredibly creative. Some of them make a decent living from their skills and talent. Some practice it as a pastime and some never even share their results with the outside world.

Boom. The idea just came: How wonderful it would be to bring together all the people we know and love whose work we admire and talent we are envious of.

Know & Love was born. It’s been a year since that thought popped into our heads, and what a year it’s been! The joy of approaching your friends and asking them to be involved in a new project because you love their work is difficult to describe. It has been heart warming to find that people are excited by the prospect and the support from everyone is overwhelming.

My blog posts are going to be a celebration of these people who have made the dream come true. I want to thank each and every one of them for their enthusiasm and trust in us. These are the people we Know and Love.