The Lovely Pigeon: Tom Pigeon

In addition to my passion for interior design I’m also extremely fanatic about stationery and the design process. That said, I had such a wonderful time this year at Clerkenwell Design Week, one of the most inspiring and creatively curated interior events of the year. Whilst there at the newly curated additions segment of the event I met the talented Kirsty (one half of the duo as Kirsty’s husband Pete has joined the company) from Lovely Pigeon. Impressed (and slightly obsessed) by their creations I took the opportunity to interview Kirsty to dig a little deeper and find out a bit more about them.

Tell us about your new stationery and desk collections launching this AW14?

The new collection features a wide range of products including jewellery, office accessories, prints and stationery. The Metalwork collection includes rulers, magnets and paper clips hand made in Britain from semi-precious metals. The Paperwork collection is a playful set of paper-based organisational tools featuring a clock, perpetual calendar and year planner.

How do you maintain that work/life balance through the day-to-day?

Hmm, not always that easy.  The Pigeon studio is situated in an old fisherman’s net loft attached to our house so it is very easy to get to work and never that easy to leave! We live two minutes from the beach which is amazing, and we have good pubs, beach barbecues and a bit of harbour swimming to lure us away from our desks.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?

Be passionate. Don’t be scared to experiment or step out of your comfort zone. Be nice to people!

Exclusive: This August Lovely Pigeon will re-launch its brand as Tom Pigeon in addition to a new website and online shop!

So tell us a little bit about the world of Lovely Pigeon and how it all began?

The Pigeon studio started out as a hobby, making pieces of jewellery for friends, and has gradually grown over the past 4 years into a full time job. We are a design studio based in a tiny fishing village on the East Coast of Scotland, but we’re lucky enough to work with some of the worlds best design stores and gallery spaces. Our work spans jewellery, print and stationery and we are about to take an exciting leap into the world of homewares.

It was great to see your latest collection at CDW14. Where do you get your inspiration from for each new collection?

I am inspired by all kinds of things – geometry and pattern, Midcentury design, new materials – but at the moment my work is influenced by where I work and live. Our home and studio is in a tiny fishing village on the East coast of Scotland and I am constantly inspired by the paintwork and graphics of fishing boats, the angles and lines of masts and sails and the colours and reflections of the sea.

The AW14 collection takes inspiration from the sea, the Beaufort scale, ice cream vans, travelling fairs and hand lettered type.

What’s next for Lovely Pigeon? 

We are about to make some big and exciting changes in the Pigeon studio.

My husband, Pete, has just joined the company and Lovely Pigeon is rebranding and relaunching at September’s  Design Junction (at London Design festival).

Our new company, Tom Pigeon, has been founded to make simple, crafted objects for people to use and enjoy. We will be adding office accessories and more print to the collection as well as new jewellery collections to compliment the existing Metals Collection.

We are also working on some top secret, but super-exciting, collaborative projects with two major London galleries and an International department store at the moment. Unfortunately I cant say much more than that right now but watch this space!

Images Credited: Lovely Pigeon

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