ECO & ETHICAL
Emily has always taken care to source sustainable materials and for many years has pioneered the concept of stylish design with an eco and ethical policy.
Our POSH Graffiti typography and Christmas decorations have been made by woodcarvers from the same village rice farming community in Bali for 15 years. Farmers use this important secondary business to sustain their agriculture and cultivate fast growing albizia trees around their rice fields. Each piece is carefully cut out in wood from a template and then shaped by hand with a sharp knife. After this it is sanded down and if it is going to be painted or gilded it is coated with a fine layer of plaster. We do not use MDF which produces dangerous carcinogenic dust when cut and we have always aimed for quality over quantity, resisting the lure of mechanized production in China. Each letter is then packed by the carver in a special box and this is then shipped direct to the UK and posted on to the customer in the same box to avoid wasteful double packing.
Emily was featured as an Ideal Home High Street Hero for being a pioneer in the use of lettering in interior design.
Emily, Lucy and POSH Graffiti were featured in an artcle "Letters are write on trend" by Lynette Pinchess
The POSH Salvage collection uses rare, tropical hardwoods salvaged from old buildings and bridges and recycled waste such as coffee tree cuttings, feathers, sago-palm hair and farmed pearl shells.
Operation PLANET BASKETIn 2012 Emily was invited to visit The Katingan Project an important rain forest protection initiative (ERC) in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. She was asked if she would work with the indigenous Dayak villagers who live around the protected forest area. Her role was to design and market products that utilized the many sustainable natural resources available to deter people from plundering the forest for illegal hardwoods and endangered species. Emily noted in particular the potential to develop the traditional cottage rattan industry. In 2013 she launched operation PLANET BASKET and by pure chance sold half of the first container load of rattan baskets to a film production company based at Pinewood studios. They can be seen in all their glory in the opening scene of Star Wars 7! They were the first rattan products ever to be shipped direct from the Borneo jungle to Europe without going via a factory in Java or China.
Mother Nature Network - May 2014
The Katingan Project — which caught the eye of Harrison Ford — pairs a basket-making business with the Indonesian government’s efforts to restore valuable land, employing local villagers along the way.
The Katingan Project on YouTubeThere are some excellent videos about the Katingan Project on YouTube
Emily’s designs have sold to a wide variety of people and places around the world including : Bergdorf Goodman NYC, The Conran Shop, Chatsworth House, Gallerie Lafayette, Harrods, John Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Kelly Hoppen, Linley, Liberty, Neiman Marcus USA, The National Portrait Gallery, Nina Campbell, Nigella Lawson and The WWF.
BRITISH DESIGN & TRADITIONAL SKILLS - how it came to be
Emily studied Theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art in London. In 1989 she visited Indonesia with a British theatre company who were sourcing and rehearsing in Bali. Commissioning wooden masks and props Emily noted the unique skills and beautiful natural materials used and encouraged by the people she met decided to explore further the opportunity to combine her own design ideas and knowledge of the London Theatre and Arts with the traditional skills in evidence.
Her first shop was in Neals Yard, Covent Garden in 1991 and she had Pop-Up Shops on the edge of Soho throughout the 90’s. She first showed her designs to the trade at London’s Top Drawer Exhibition in 1997, was accepted to exhibit as part of Scenes d' Interieur at Maison et Objet in Paris in 1998 and went on to exhibit in Tokyo, Frankfurt and Milan.
Emily’s sister Lucy joined the company in 1999 and inspired by the success of the POSH Graffiti lettering for interiors and the new trend for graffiti which subsequently boomed with Banksy and the advent of SMS messaging and screen shot news, in 2007 they launched poshgraffiti.com.