News & Events

  • Summer Newsletter

    Dear All.

    I have just had the great pleasure of paying one of my, increasingly less frequent, visits to London. Of course my main port of call is always The Pimlico Road and the surrounding neighbourhood.

    The Pimlico Road Private View was held at the end of June and this event was one of the most enjoyable of the many over the years. Perhaps because of the rain quite a few friends decided not to come. More was the pity for them as the evening was very well attended and all the participating shops were bursting at the seams. Lots of new shops proved an added attraction and all were most hospitable and welcoming.

    Cox London’s tiny but beautifully stocked and styled shop was a treat. Buzzing with guests it was difficult to interrupt the flow of conversation to congratulate them both. It transpires we go back a very long way when Chris used to restore precious antique items for me back in the 1980’s. Having always wanted to have a shop in this area he and his charming wife Nicole have finally fulfilled their dream. All the items are designed and made by them and their team. Stunning chandeliers, table lamps, side tables and accessories in bronze and glass.

    Pinch, just around the corner in Bourne Street was equally busy. Their very elegant and pared back shop was looking stunning with contemporary furniture and lighting. Sadly I did not have a chance to talk with them as they were inundated with enquiries.

    Robert Kime‘s exquisite showrooms were as welcoming as ever. A wonderfully comfortable atmosphere of antique carpets , divinely comfortable sofa’s and arm chairs though new gave a hint of a Victorian or Edwardian country house in it’s heyday. Wonderful old porcelains and delft pottery adorned tables and cabinets. Their own collection of printed fabrics are used on walls and to cover chairs and sofas. All in muted colours bringing the past right up to the minute reflecting contemporary tastes . The Private View guests were made to feel very much at home.

    Sybil Colefax and John Fowler held a marvellous party in their enticing new show rooms. A generous bar offered champagne , wine or soft drinks. Delicious canapés were proffered by charming waitresses using pottery bowls and platters on sale in the showroom. The sausages were presented on a marblised glazed pottery square bowl priced at £450. This is their Interior Design head quarters not to be confused with their partner company Colefax and Fowler the textile firm. Added to their eclectic mix of period and modern furniture I could not help but notice their exciting collection of works of art by 20th century British artists. I spotted two stylish paintings by Ivon Hitchens and a wonderful little gouache by my old friend John Craxton , no longer with us sadly. This was of one of his many images of goats from his beloved Greek islands. I met up with Mary-Anne Taylor , an excellent picture restorer and dear freind, and Sheelagh de Ossuna known as Bonny, a dear friend from Trinidad , with whom I spent the rest of the evening wondering from one beautiful show room to another.

    Jamb gave their much anticipated and very generous party as ever as did Ransom and Soane. All were packed with clients and revellers out to make the most of a most enjoyable evening. I fear they were all in for a long evening of guests reluctant to leave such convivial surroundings.

    I managed to pop in to John Adams Fine Art to admire their lovely French paintings. A quick visit to Outred where an amazing Italian 17th century refectory table bowled me over. Rose Uniacke was packed with admiring clients. Her elegant showrooms proving an enviable space in which to hold her very generous Private View. A brief hello to everyone at Haynes Fine Art looking as enticing as ever and resisting Paul’s ever generous hospitality. Onwards ever onwards.

    Gabriel Bernardi held an exciting exhibition of silver by Puiforcat, Art Works from dealer Mr Valmorbida, and his ever stylish furniture and objects designed by himself. His beautiful little shop and design office were bursting out onto the street with a very glamorous crowd. I missed out on his neighbours Ochre and Patrick Jefferson as time was rapidly running out. I bumped into David Thomas the jeweller on my way to Collier Webb and FBC London but arrived just too late.

    Joanna Wood‘s usual hospitality was much missed as they have recently relocated to splendid premises on Elizabeth Street a short stroll away from the Pimlico Road. It was also sad to see not all the shops took part in this wonderful event. Sad because they definitely missed out on the perfect opportunity to meet new clients as well as old friends.

    The evening was still young so Bonny and I retreated to the Sloane Club to meet up with her partner Bernardo Bermudez, Mrs Babs Thomson formerly of Sotheby’s and Christies, and Pat Wengraf an expert in Renaissance bronzes for a very jolly light supper in the club lounge. Sadly Caroline Stanley, who has long helped run this marvellous institution with such style , is retiring to the country though I am sure our paths will continue to cross for many years to come . We wish her a most enjoyable retirement.

    Finally to bed. Tired but invigorated by the stimulation of such an exciting array of new stock in and around the Pimlico Road. I managed to catch up with many old friends, clients , designer’s and dealer’s whom I had not seen for ages. The Pimlico Road is a great meeting place for all of us from across the globe. A community of kindred spirits. Come and join us and be a part of the on going development of this vibrant Design District only a minute away from Sloane Square.

    Regards and best wishes. Mark Boyce.

    PS: The following evening I attended the Masterpiece Preview where I was delighted to see Rose Uniacke‘s atmospheric stand and the sophisticated exhibit of 88 Gallery. Linley London also had a very smart showing of their bespoke cabinetery.

    An added pleasure was to see the very elegant and glamorous display of “robertaebasta”, Roberta Tagliavini and her son’s first showing here. We welcome them to the Pimlico Road as they will soon be open at No 85, Jean-Claude Ciancimino’s previous premises. Dealers in exceptional 20th century Works of Art, Fine Furniture and Objet’s d’Art. Congratulations.

  • PINCH on Pimlico

    Having spent 13 years building our portfolio, we have now brought our coveted furniture to the capital’s most characterful and burgeoning interiors district. Located at 46 Bourne Street, the shop, which once belonged to influential cookery writer Elizabeth David, will showcase our collection of carefully refined yet iconic designs including cabinetry, upholstery and lighting, all of which will be rotated on a regular basis.

    What we love about the area is that everyone is united by their appreciation of quality, and a passion for what they do, be that architecture, antiques or interior design.

    We look forward to welcoming new and loyal clients into our space; to discuss bespoke projects, or simply pop in to take possession of some of our smaller pieces. Our shop will allow us to lift our furniture off the pages of magazines, to really let customers get close to the pieces and to bring our story to a much wider audience. We hope to see you soon.

    Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon

  • Spring Newsletter

    Dear All.

    May has arrived and with it glorious weather for most of us. A few late frosts have done damage to some of our more delicate plants but the warm sunshine has more than made up for this. Mind you in lots of parts of the country people are crying out for rain.

    On the 23rd of May the Royal Hospital Chelsea throws open it’s gates to the public for the splendid Chelsea Flower Show. More and more shops in the area have taken up the challenge of making a huge effort to decorate their windows to reflect this Royal event. Do look out for some wonderfully inventive window displays. Last year I was particularly impressed by those at Soane, Rose Uniacke, Linley, Joanna Wood and Daylesford. I am sure there will be many more to amuse and entertain you.

    John Adams holds regular inspirational exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary art works. From the 23rd to the 26th of May the beautifully observed botanical watercolours of Helen Nicolle will be on display in his gallery on Ebury Street to coincide with the Flower Show.

    London Craft Week happened at the beginning of May and it was wonderful to see so many skills represented in and around the Pimlico Road. Tom Raffield sponsored by Grosvenor installed a beautiful series of bent wood light sculptures suspended from the branches of the trees in Orange Square. Do check out the images for this on Grosvenor’s website or just look up “Lighting the Square” by Tom Raffield.

    We have already welcomed Cox London to our fold but just opened around the corner in Bourne Street we have great pleasure in welcoming “Pinch”. A gem of a shop specialising in furniture, lighting and household accessories. I particularly liked their Noelle sofa and some of their quirky pendant lights in unusual materials. All showing the look and feel of hand crafted items that everyone would want to add to their home.

    June comes hot on the heels of May and with it lots of wonderful specialist sales at the London Auction Houses, some cracking exhibitions in our world leading Art Galleries and of course some wonderful Art and Antiques fairs. The Royal Hospital Chelsea opens it’s gates yet again on the 27th of June. This time hosting the spectacular “Masterpiece”, a fair without parallel in Britain for its outstanding quality, rarity and superb presentation.

    Despite all this don’t forget the Pimlico Road.We still have some wonderful antique dealers who I know will be holding some extra special stock to coincide with this influx of international collectors. Anthony Outred has a delightful and very rare late 17th century North Italian bureau cabinet painted in blues and greys on a cream ground. I also spotted a stunning set of 10 mid 19th century ebony Anglo Indian dinning chairs with him. Their elegantly turned spindle backs supporting a crisply carved top rail .

    Patrick Jefferson, noted for his exceptional furniture collection, often has enchanting accessories as well. I particularly love his late 18th century Chinese enamelled porcelain, Qianlong period cockerels with their iridescent blue wings and red coxcombs. On a side table was an amazing delicately carved wood lidded urn trailing leafy rose buds.

    Further masterpieces of the potters art but this time of the 21st century can be found at FBC London. 20th century cabinet makers unique contribution to the craft can be found at 88 Gallery, Gordon Watson, Rose Uniacke and others. Contemporary furniture masterpieces can be found at Linley, Soane, Howe, Collier Webb and Jamb.

    We are lucky to have in our midst some of the worlds leading Interior Designers who I am sure will inspire you to create your own little masterpiece. Paulo Moschino in Holbein Place and Ebury Street, Jane Churchill, Lulu Lytle of Soane, the wonderful team at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler headed by Wendy Nichols, Fiona Barrett of FBC London, Rose Uniacke, and the team at Jamb are all only too happy to offer their expert help and remarkable service. Joanna Wood has moved just around the corner to her wonderful new showrooms in Elizabeth Street.

    You may have spotted several of our members advertising in “House and Garden” and “Interiors” this month. Rose Uniacke appeared on the cover of the ” Antiques” supplement within “The World of Interiors” June issue . Those of you with a keener eye would have noticed the double page spread , “Inspiration at every glance” promoting the Pimlico Road. This was very kindly sponsored by Grosvenor Estate. Watch out for a follow up spread in the July issue.

    “This Is Mission” are our new PR company kindly sponsored by Grosvenor. The team has been employed to promote Grosvenor’s London Estates of Belgravia and Mayfair. They have 13 years experience in this complicated market and we look forward to working with them to develop our profile further not only in the UK but internationally as well. For any journalists around the world who would like to write an article on our very special Design District please do not hesitate to contact either Hannah or Daisy on grosvenor@thisismission.com

    The anticipation of the Summer season ahead is always a welcome antidote to the Winter blues so put a spring in your step and come and join us for the revels of the months ahead. All the traders in the area have lots to offer you in their stylish and original shops and galleries.

    Regards and best wishes,
    Mark Boyce.