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.
The POSH Graffiti collection has been made by 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. We do not use toxic MDF and have always aimed for quality over quantity, resisting the lure of mass production in China.
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.
In 2012 Emily was invited to visit The Katingan Project ERC an important climate and REDD+ forest conservation initiative in Indonesian Borneo. She was asked to work with the indigenous Dayak villagers and to design and market products that utilized resources such as wasted logs salvaged from river beds and wild rattan to provide vital employment and revenue without destroying the rain forest. The wicker Earth Baskets are the start of this partnership and they are the first rattan products ever to be shipped direct from the Borneo jungle to Europe without going via a factory in Java or China.
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 range and the new trend for lettering they launched their online shop together in 2007.