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"Bring me back a nice souvenir!"
While living in New York in the 1990's, designer Snowden Flood became obsessed with a passion for designing and manufacturing high quality gifts and souvenirs that are actually made in the UK. Thus her business started when she returned home to London to settle permanently in 2000. Now based in a jewel box of a studio-shop overlooking the River Thames, she designs and sells her range of products and also carefully sources the very best gifts and souvenirs she can find. Often championing new and emerging designers, every maker whose work is stocked in Snowden's studio shares a similar ethos to her own in terms of their strong emphasis on quality and the care they take in making their products.
Offering a welcome alternative to the bland sameness and over-emphasis on cheap mass production stocked by much of Britains' high streets.
Snowden frequently designs work on commission and clients include British Museum, Chatsworth House, Tate Modern & London Transport Museum.
For more information about her influences, career and where her inspirations come from, here is an excerpt from an interview she gave in 2013:
“I’ve made and designed things ever since I can remember. First from market stalls selling my own designed and handmade earrings and clothing, I've always loved to make things. Later I won a scholarship to do my Masters in Sculpture at Parsons School of Design in NYC. After some years as a practicing artist in NY, I started my career in design working for the Brooklyn Museum and then the architecture and interiors firm Peter Marino Architects designing bespoke products for prestigious clients in New York.
At Peter Marino Architects we worked on projects such as the Four Seasons Hotels, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel Stores as well as in the private homes of some very well-known people. When you work with clients like this, compromise is not an option and they expect - and get - absolute perfection. That very much informs my approach to making my products. Quality was the only common denominator.
Inspiration comes from everywhere.... from junk shops, art galleries, books, magazines, car boot sales, fairgrounds. As I said previously, quality is really important to me, which is one of the reasons I make most of my products in small batches. A lot of thought and care goes into each product that a happy customer walks out of my shop with. In a world of cheap and throwaway mass-produced goods, I want my work and that of the other designers I sell in my studio shop, to both excite and delight by the evident thought, care and quality of what we can offer."