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Design Up North

So, last night, I was extremely lucky to attend an exclusive evening at Redbrick Mill in Batley, West Yorkshire to celebrate Nicola Broughton's (aka @the_girl_with_the_green_sofa) new venture as  Ambassador for the incredible brands housed in RedBrick Mill.

RedBrick Mill is the North's leading destination for interiors and since the year 2000 has been housed in a gorgeous old red brick mill packed to the brim with 40 of the most innovative names one might associate with London and the South (think Made.com, Heals, BoConcept, Abigail Ahern (faux blooms), Tom Dixon, Ligne Roset, Natuzzi, Vitra and many, many more.)

This really is a match made in Heaven: an Award Winning Interiors Blogger who champions small businesses and a forward thinking Design Emporium that has played a huge part in putting the North on the map as an interiors force to be reckoned with.

 

RedBrick Mill in Batley bringing design UP NORTH since the year 2000

RedBrick Mill in Batley bringing design UP NORTH since the year 2000

Now, I can not believe there is a single interiors instagrammer out there who, when they hear the name Nicola Broughton, cannot immediately visualise the image of her fabulous @madedotcom Scott sofa in green grass velvet. So, imagine how surreal it is to walk on to the room set of it!

 

The iconic Scott sofa from @madedotcom greets visitors to RedBrick Mill

The iconic Scott sofa from @madedotcom greets visitors to RedBrick Mill

We all met in Filmore & Union on the First Floor for a Champagne Reception - the tables had been dressed beautifully using props from concessions in store

Stunning glassware

Stunning glassware

Next, we were given a guided tour of the Mill. It's huge - I very quickly realised that you could happily spend a whole day at this destination shopping venue, especially as there are 3 cafes to relax and refuel in and deliberate about potential purchases. One thing that I think is really unique is that Redbrick are not precious about you asking to move furniture about the store to try it in different settings - that makes the eclectic ME very happy!

As a self confessed lover of statement lighting I was in seventh heaven in the @tomdixon concession in Heals 

Jewel coloured fabulousness from @tomdixon in Heals (RedBrick is home of their only Northern store)

Jewel coloured fabulousness from @tomdixon in Heals (RedBrick is home of their only Northern store)

Another favourite of mine were the gorgeous artichoke lamps from @vitacopenhagenargentina 

Statement artichoke lighting

Statement artichoke lighting

A really lovely surprise was the Hope Gallery nestled away on the Mezzanine floor. Caroline, the gallery owner, is so warm and engaging and has carefully curated art and artefacts from emerging and established British and International artists.

I picked up a leaflet about a scheme called Ownart where you can buy contemporary art but spread the cost and I will certainly be looking into this more.

 

Mixed Media Sculpture by Dean Kemp depicting a modern day Christ

Mixed Media Sculpture by Dean Kemp depicting a modern day Christ

Art by local Hebden Bridge artist Caroline Reed

Art by local Hebden Bridge artist Caroline Reed

Boconcept have a huge presence in store where you will recognise the amazing Imola chair from Nicola's lounge and also the Sydney bar cart which has been offered as a prize on Nicolas feed.

 

The Sydney bar cart by @boconcept_redbrick

The Sydney bar cart by @boconcept_redbrick

BoConcept are Denmark's iconic furniture brand - find them on the Ground Floor

BoConcept are Denmark's iconic furniture brand - find them on the Ground Floor

You'll find Made.com on the 3rd floor - they occupy a whole floor showcasing seriously stunning furniture. I absolutely love this FRAME chair in blush cotton with gold frame and the way it stands out against the black wall is totally up my street (you can tell I'm a Northerner with a statement like that!) Its high on my wish list for my new bedroom. Also, I have to say the staff in Made.com are uber stylish and so, so friendly.

You'll find Made.com on the 3rd floor - they occupy a whole floor showcasing seriously stunning furniture. I absolutely love this FRAME chair in blush cotton with gold frame and the way it stands out against the black wall is totally up my street (you can tell I'm a Northerner with a statement like that!) Its high on my wish list for my new bedroom. Also, I have to say the staff in Made.com are uber stylish and so, so friendly.

Made.com originally launched as an online retailer but quickly realised that customers wanted to see and experience their products - Redbrick Mill is the North's only showroom for Made.com 

As you are wandering around expect to see fabulous styling at every turn. I love this art by @IDDesign, a Danish brand I had never come across before but have totally fallen in love with. They are on the Second Floor and have in-house design consultants on hand to advise

As you are wandering around expect to see fabulous styling at every turn. I love this art by @IDDesign, a Danish brand I had never come across before but have totally fallen in love with. They are on the Second Floor and have in-house design consultants on hand to advise

Its a good job we were called to eat at this point! Beautiful quality cowhides from @devotedtodesign at a really good price point (Mezzanine Floor)

Its a good job we were called to eat at this point! Beautiful quality cowhides from @devotedtodesign at a really good price point (Mezzanine Floor)

I am a huge fan of Filmore & Union and am lucky to live very near to two of their Restaurants and am a loyal regular. The menu is innovative, wholesome and healthy and they strive to serve food that is nourishing and sumptious. We ate royally from the tasting menu.

 

 

A Sharing board for two - Yes, you heard right, TWO!!

A Sharing board for two - Yes, you heard right, TWO!!

So what an amazing evening. I discovered a fabulous lifestyle destination just over an hour from me, met some amazing, inspirational people who are passionate about interiors in the North and reconnected with insta pals. 

 

Thank you so much Redbrick Mill, Made.com, Filmore & Union and, of course, the hostess with the mostess - Nicola Broughton xxx