Although the world is still completely upside-down, early October is a special time of year. The leaves turn, the air cools and we start to retreat indoors. Summer dresses and sandals are packed away (at least mine are) and we prepare for what feels like the beginning of a new year.
But Autumn doesn’t feel quite the same without the live shows and the parties – Decorex, London Design Festival, and the delicious PAD in Berkeley Square. But every coin has two sides, and perhaps there is something energising about being able to turn one’s attention elsewhere.
So much has changed in the last six months, while paradoxically, with the enforced stillness and isolation, so much has had to stay the same. And whilst we can’t move around and network in the usual way, we have to make the most of immediate surroundings.
As I cycled passed this monumental sculpture in Marble Arch yesterday, I realised that London is an amazing place to be. In Autumn it’s a copper-bottomed treat for people like us who inhabit a visual world. With its blazing colours, its light and shadow, its dampness and mist, Autumn has an edge that summer will never have.
In my spare time I have been soaking up the buildings, the parks, and the near empty art galleries (particularly recommend Gaugin and the Impressionists at the Royal Academy). And of course, although none of us are exhibiting this year, our showrooms are open! We have given ours a lick of paint with new colours for Autumn. We have our new collection, ‘Atlantic’ on display, as well as many of our best selling pieces.
For inspiration, or a place to stop on your way to Chelsea Harbour, please do drop in. We are always delighted to show anyone around and tell the story of TF. There is no need to make an appointment (except on Saturdays) – there is plenty of room! We would love to see you.