Since 2001, CoolBrands® have been canvassing the opinions of experts and consumers to produce a barometer of Britain’s coolest brands, people and places - and The French Bedroom Company are thrilled to announce that for the third year running we've been awarded CoolBrands® status for 2014/15 - along with funky, edgy brands Atsuko Kudo, Dinner by Heston Blumental and All Star Lanes; and some classic established companies which still remain at the forefront of their markets: Liberty, Apple and Bang & Olufsen.
The UK’s CoolBrands are chosen by an Expert Council of influencers - some of the hippest people around and members of the British public - a pretty cool bunch too! Now, of course, "cool" is subjective and personal, so to make it consistently as cool as cool can be (yes, we know, ice cool!) each set of voters are asked to keep 6 key factors in mind:
In the Home Decoration and Soft Furnishings sector, which is the category in which we are judged, brands that also performed strongly included: wallpaper gurus Graham & Brown, so hot they're cool radiator specialists, Bisque, and eclectic home wares emporium, Pedlars.
Here's a few of our favourite fellow CoolBrands®...
At The French Bedroom Company our buyers are consistently searching out original products to help our customers on their quest for individual, beautiful homes. We're always on the look out for progressive, thoughtful and beautiful design, ensuring we are the first to know of new and much anticipated products by scouring the globe for, not only the hottest new trend but, for classically cool bedroom furniture, and, if we can't find what we're looking for - we'll design it! Our team of keen eyed buyers and diligent designers work putting together textures, colours and proportions to make our exclusively designed items heirlooms of the future and something our customers will truly treasure for a lifetime.
Here's just a taster of some of our cooler than cool items...
Top left, clockwise: Urban Luxe Table Lamp, £120; Defaced Duchess Canvas, from £183;
King Edison Pendant Lamp, £480; Persian Cowhide Rug, £688;
Transparent Treasure Trunk, £695; Polygon Cool Cuts Side Table, £285.
Background: Swarm Cushion by Adam Slade.
One of our favourite places to shine and make a bright statement is with lighting, we find this is a great place to show a little personality be it with a table or floor lamp, chandelier or ceiling pendant.
Top left, clockwise: Jeeves Pendant Light, £175; Muse Pendant Lamp, £470;
Hero Pendant Lamp, £470; Goddess Pendant Lamp, £470; Faded Fringe Shade, from £425;
Sassy Boo Console Table, £430; Pink as A Poodle, £295; Monkey Candelabra, £220.
Background: Popping Pink Chandelier, £499.
Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, white dressing tables, shabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.