Celebrating Creativity with kikki.K

kikki.K came by the studio to celebrate creativity and the launch of their new range. They filmed a little video with Lamplighter founder, Chiara Perano, who talks about what we get up to in the studio. Let us know what you think! 

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See kikki.K's post here.

Posted on March 2, 2017 .

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Lamplighter Hiring

New Year New Start // Creative Intern required for Chiara Perano, Lamplighter London

Position: 
2 days a week

Job role: 
Helping plan and manage social content
Assisting at the Lamplighter London studio (gift wrapping shop orders & preparing materials for workshops)
Help write blog articles and press requests
Taking photos behind the scenes at Lamplighter Studio and at events
Assisting Chiara at events/workshops

Ideal Candidate:

Creative, tidy, organised
Confident on MS Excel/Word, Photoshop
Excellent social media skills: instagram and blogging a priority
Good eye for photography with a grasp of dressing a shoot with appropriate props
Excellent writing abilities & attention to detail
Interested in being part of a growing creative business with potential to grow in the company

Please send your CV and a covering note to studio@lamplighterlondon.com and daisy@thefound.co.uk.  

We will be interviewing immediately, look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on January 30, 2017 .

Advent Stationery Dream

It's December 1st, the carols are on, and our most exciting Christmas project is here! Welcome our very first Lamplighter advent installation launching today.  We've so many exciting prices to share with you, read on to find out more...

Beautiful stationery makes us weak at the knees, and our envelope advent wall is bursting with gifts, flowers, and lettering loveliness as a thank you to all of our Lamplighter community this year.  Play along daily on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be opening a beautiful envelope each day, look out for prizes to be won, including a signed copy of Nib + Ink, free downloads, super cool gifts from some of our favourite brands (including Manuscript and Birchbox amongst many others), and of course some of our lovely lettering - perfect to jazz up this years Christmas cards and gift tags.  Today is number one, the first day of advent, and our gift is 10% off our Christmas shop online, until midnight tonight. Simply enter 10ADVENT on check out, and enjoy hand lettered gift wrap and paper goods. Bring on the mulled wine!  

Beautiful stationery makes us weak at the knees, and our envelope advent wall is bursting with gifts, flowers, and lettering loveliness as a thank you to all of our Lamplighter community this year.  Play along daily on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be opening a beautiful envelope each day, look out for prizes to be won, including a signed copy of Nib + Ink, free downloads, super cool gifts from some of our favourite brands (including Manuscript and Birchbox amongst many others), and of course some of our lovely lettering - perfect to jazz up this years Christmas cards and gift tags. 

Today is number one, the first day of advent, and our gift is 10% off our Christmas shop online, until midnight tonight. Simply enter 10ADVENT on check out, and enjoy hand lettered gift wrap and paper goods. Bring on the mulled wine!

 

Get ready to get festive with us, it's going to be so much fun and we can't wait to share it all with you! Love, Lamplighters    

Get ready to get festive with us, it's going to be so much fun and we can't wait to share it all with you!

Love,

Lamplighters

 

 

Posted on December 1, 2016 .

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Lamplighter London Studio Shop

We recently moved studios, leaving behind beloved Hackney (E8) for Seven Sisters (N15), into a beautiful bright big new space. We're in great company, and new pastures bring new possibilities, friends and adventures.

We are kicking things off with a fantastic studio shop collaboration, and we'd love to invite you into our new space.  Our neighbours in Seven Sisters include divine jeweller Clarice Price Thomas and dream event planner Knot & Pop, and between us we will be selling a treasure trove of goods... Expect decorative bottles and vases filled to the brim with stunning Palais Flowers, event styling props, stunning jewellery collections, a debut wedding ring line, candles by the fabulous Evermore London, plus all the Lamplighter goodies you would expect, such as neon inks, tote bags, hand lettered prints and signed copies of Nib + Ink.

The event is supported by Mast Brothers, who are donating a tour of their amazing chocolate factory to every purchase!

The event is by appointment only, Monday 1st - Friday 5th August, daily 9-6.30pm.
To book a visit email
studio@lamplighterlondon.com  #studioshopN15

Lamplighter Studio Shop
Posted on July 31, 2016 .

PAINTED LADY

A few months ago, Lamplighter London took part in a styled shoot designed and coordinated by the talented Susie Young from bespoke wedding planners Knot & Pop. The concept was directly inspired by Voewood, the amazing butterfly-shaped venue where the photo shoot took place in Norfolk. 

Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.

Starting from this unique house the design was all about transparency to bring out the delicateness of a butterfly wing, from the sheer fabric that composed the tablecloth, the ghost chairs and the tracing paper used for the invitations.

Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.

Knot & Pop had in mind a painterly finish on the stationery to match the centerpieces made of painted bottles. We created a set of stationery based on the delicate palette of dusty pink, old rose and pistachio combined with grey and peachy shades. With Jo Flowers’ arrangements of vines, roses and dahlias to mention only a few of her incredible flowers and Marion Heurteboust’s keen eye for beauty, the result was absolutely stunning.

Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.
Photography by Marion Heurteboust. Styled by Knot and Pop. Calligraphy by Lamplighter London.

Let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you! 

Posted on May 5, 2016 .

NATIONAL STATIONERY WEEK GIVEAWAY

 

To celebrate National Stationery Week, and as a huge thank you for reaching 10k followers over on Instagram, we are giving away one of our very popular modern calligraphy starter kits, along with a Rhodia Dot pad. These are the perfect tools to get your started in modern style calligraphy, we love them, and use them everyday ourselves. 

The kit features a sleek black wooden penholder with a Zebra G nib, a pot of Higgins Eternal ink, four Lamplighter stickers and a beautiful wooden inkwell holder handcrafted in East London by Forest & Found, all housed in a luxury black keepsake box. 

To enter the competition, simply make sure you're following us on Instagram, (@lamplighterlondon) and also tag a letter loving friend under the giveaway post for a chance to win this lovely set, worth £55. We will announce the winner next Monday (2nd of May), good luck, and happy letter writing!

Posted on April 27, 2016 .

WE're hiring

We're going through a little transition phase at Lamplighter HQ, and we're looking forward to welcoming some new faces to the team. We're even leaving our beloved Hackney Downs Studios for pastures new in N17, to make the absolute dream studio of course. 

Our current studio assistant Holly is leaving to fully launch her cake business, and we're recruiting for a new face to manage the online shop, workshops and all our incredible clients. We also have a position for a creative marketing intern, as we're growing, we've less and less precious time to keep up with our social media, and we need someone with sass to come and cuddle our much neglected PInterest. 

Please find further information on the two positions below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lamplighter London Studio

STUDIO ASSISTANT

Position:
4 days a week, freelance

Job role:
Managing the online shop
Responding to all email enquiries
Looking after Lamplighter clients
Helping plan and manage workshop admin
Keeping on top of critical paths and job bags
General studio admin, such as stationery ordering
Making our studio spic and span, keeping the plants alive and curating our walls

Ideal Candidate:
Extremely organised
List lover
MS Excel pro
Industry savvy
Wonderful writing abilities
Interested in being in a creative environment (but this is not a creative position)
Numbers whizz

To start early April 2016
Please send your CV and a covering note. We will be interviewing immediately

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CREATIVE MARKETING INTERN

Position:
3 days a week, freelance

Job Role:
Creating content for social channels
Blog articles and ideas input
Taking photos behind the scenes at Lamplighter
Collating marketing information
Co-creating press releases

To start early April 2016
Please send your CV and a covering note. We will be interviewing immediately

 

Posted on April 3, 2016 .

LAMPLIGHTER x SHINOLA BOOK LAUNCH

Do you know of the American lifestyle brand Shinola? (pronounced SHINE-O-LA, from a background in shoe shine I learnt) They sell the most incredible leather goods, from notebooks and linen monogrammed stationery to exquisite bags and accessories, as well as urban watches and bicycles, with a lifetime guarantee, such is their quality assurance. Barack Obama is a fan of the brand apparently, and with their base in Detroit they have a big following in the States. 

They're relatively new to London, with a gorgeous black brick frontage on Foubert's Place in Soho, an area very familiar to me as I used to manage the American Apparel store on Carnaby Street many moons ago to balance my freelance work. I really don't miss those retail days.

Anyway back to the occasion, Shinola do lots of cool collabs and events instore, with the likes of Kinfolk, Net a Porter, Hope in the Woods and old friends of ours Bellerby Globemakers (for whom I illustrated a very detailed celestial globe design), and they also popped in to say hi at the party, London is seeming smaller and smaller for me these days.

Shinola approached myself and my publishers Ebury, Penguin Random House, to offer their store as an event space for the launch of my modern calligraphy book Nib + Ink, which was a lovely surprise, and they gave out gorgeous free journals to anyone who purchased my book on the night, which we tied together with thin leather to make lovely packages. They're a really great bunch, with a shining American spirit, and even provided our gang with non stop bubbly, Crate ale, Shinola-Cola and delicious "canopies" (bite size square pies). We enlisted the help of the lovely Amalie from Minimal Affair to decorate the room with elegant paired back white and clear balloons, setting the launch party tone. 

We had my friend Joe Hawkes and lovely Shinola photographer Sophie Albini capturing the event, which involved book signing, bubbles and speeches to a packed out room, full of my friends, family, clients and colleagues. I was truly touched by the lovely bunch who came down to wish me and my book well, you guys are really, really ace.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Chiara x

Lamplighter Modern Calligraphy Book Launch
Perano girls can you tell?

Perano girls can you tell?

Posted on April 1, 2016 .

OUR BOOK LAUNCH WORKSHOPS

We're so overwhelmed by the happy faces at our workshops that took place last weekend, and want to thank everyone that joined us on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! It was a joy to meet you all. We loved our first foray into neon ink workshops, and it seemed you did too! 

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops

Our lovely friend and amazing photographer Laura McCluskey joined us on the Friday and took these beautiful shots - and we couldn't resist sharing. The event was the culmination of lots (and lots) of hard work from our team, and some incredibly talented suppliers - luckily for us we know some super gals for the job, working in the events industry ourselves.

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops
Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops

We were always going to do something special for the launch of Chiara's new book Nib + Ink, and decided on neon workshops in the same week that British furniture dream store Habitat contacted us about their gallery space on Kings Road - Platform. (Thanks universe!) Instantly sold by the pouring day light and bustle of one of the smartest streets in London, we set about planning our events over the course of the book launch weekend. Habitat provided us with gorgeous crockery, glassware, tea pots, marble cake stands and paddle boards, even sofas and coffee tables - we were spoilt! 

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Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops
Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops

For the decorations, we had a vision of green and white minimalism, paired with calligraphy installations to create a writing wonder room, I feel like we fulfilled the brief - what do you think? We'd love to know your thoughts!

Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops
Lamplighter London Modern Calligraphy Book Workshops

First port of call for incredible floristry was our very good friends The Isle of You. Kitten (their resident flower stylist) is a floral dream, creating whimsical trailing foliage dotted with white silk flowers and organic strands like magic as we watched her transform the festoon lighting into showstopping garlands. The balloon wall was created by Minimal Affair, an impressivley new business, who create super stylish balloon and bubble installations incorporating greenery, pretty white tassels and garlands. Chiara wrote on the biggest balloon in metallic gold - a party trick of hers, and it's an idea that actually features in the new book's projects.  We also made an envelope wall, featuring calligraphy, brush lettering, our signature ink splatters and colours relating to the book, and Kitten finished it off with wild flowers and foliage. 

Lamplighter Modern calligraphy Book Workshop

After practising calligraphy in black ink as per our #moderncalligraphy101 workshop, the class stopped for a decadent afternoon tea, with bubbles, teas and coffee, a selection of scandi inspired open sandwiches, incredible dark chocolate brownies with coconut and cherries, spelt scones with clotted cream and blackberry jam, and a rose and pistacchio topped lemon drizzle poppy seed loaf. Honestly, mouth watering, and as delicious as they were photogenic. The food was lovingly made by The Floury, which is actually the bakery business of the Lamplighter studio assistant Holly. What a keeper! 

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We were SO sad to take it down, I honestly don't think we would tire of the decorations!

Lamplighter Modern calligraphy Book Workshop

Our experienced professional calligrapher Chiara teaches modern calligraphy workshops every 6 weeks or so, with special attention on fun experiences for our guests, in spectacular locations, with treats, lunches, beautiful decoration and greenery. Style & substance. We find the mindfulness of calligraphy goes hand in hand with light filled, serene rooms, and well of course champagne is well known to improve calligraphy practise... 

Come join our next workshops - available dates here. Nib + Ink is available to buy from a whole host of beautiful shops, and on our online store. 

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Have a super weekend! xo

Our talented suppliers:
Floristry The Isle of You
Balloons Minimal Affair
Afternoon Tea The Floury
Event Space Platform at Habitat

Photography copyright Laura McCluskey. #nibandinkbook #nibandink #moderncalligraphy101

Posted on March 18, 2016 .

NIB + INK Is Here!

We are beyond excited to say that N I B + I N K is finally here! Your guide to creating dreamy modern calligraphy at home. We invite you to pick up your pens, to trace, practice and splatter, and to go and make the world a more beautiful place!

You can buy the book from our online shop here. All copies sold through our site will also be signed, just as a little thank you!

Our modern calligraphy kits were a roaring success last year, so we’ve decided to bring them back with gorgeous bespoke boxes to keep all your calligraphy supplies in, and with added fun stationery goodies. We will have these in stock online next week, and paired with the N I B + I N K book provide everything you need to start on your inky exploration. Don’t miss out!

We love to see N I B + I N K in the wild, so share your snaps and calligraphy triumphs with us on Instagram: #nibandinkbook @lamplighterlondon

Posted on March 10, 2016 .