I’ve always loved shops and as a journalist I’ve always written about retail. Two years ago I took a career break to have a family but some things never change and when I’m in a good shop, filled with gorgeous, unique, design-led stuff, it still gets me excited. And it just goes to show, you can find it anywhere, even on a day out at a stately home like Newby Hall in N.Yorks.
We did the usual things; picnic, adventure playground, paddle boats, ice creams and a saunter round the grounds. And, as usual, we had to exit via the gift shop. I was expecting the same old merchandise: Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, flowery coasters and naff cuddly toys but this time something had changed.
Everywhere I looked there was cool, aspirational, beautiful stuff; more importantly, things I actually wanted to buy!
Such as? Well, contemporary British art and original printmaking by artists like Ed Kluz and Jonny Hannah, lighting by Hannah Nunn, soft furnishings by Lush designs, scented candles by True Grace and the best range of funky, retro kids’ toys I’ve seen for some time (ie the kind of things that your kids love to play with and you love to look at) including Big Red Tomato and classic cars and robots by Schylling.
The person responsible for this transformation is Daniel Hornsey who now manages The Shop @ Newby Hall from April to September. He also runs the gallery at 3 Kirkgate, Ripon, which sells all this and much more. Check it out at http://www.hornseys.com/