One of my absolute pleasures in life is discovering a delightful new shop. Yesterday I was afforded that rare pleasure as I ambled along the most northern end of Portobello Road. I must admit that my route used to stop at the junction with Goldborne Road and I’d turn right, heading up to the antique shops, via Lisboa for a custard tart, and then to Rellik for some premo vintage. Now I have to rethink my walk as this little bit of Portobello Road, across the junction with Goldborne Road, has been undergoing a wonderful transformation.
There are some great cafes and coffee shops, photographic art shops, a great spot for a mani/pedi, and also yesterday’s newest discover, Unite and Type which is a unique proposition from the Big Tomato Company. I met Gloria, the boss, who very kindly kept the doors open a bit longer for me as I ooh’d and ahh’d over the product. Here they have mixed some well selected vintage furniture and ‘objet’ to sit alongside some great graphic art from the likes of Anthony Burrill, as well as their range of pre-printed ceramics, and the ceramics awaiting your choice of text motif.
The Big Tomato Company are passionate about British production (all the ceramics are made in Stoke on Trent), typefaces and customization. They combine these passions by allowing you to select a shape from their ceramic collection, choose your font, colourway of type (real gold of platinum anyone?!) and message. Then they lovingly turn your vision into reality!
If you’re a font fanatic and keen on learning some letterpress skills, then this store also houses a vintage letterpress printer and a plethora of vintage fonts. You can attend a one day workshop to create your own text based work of art as well as being able to dazzle your friends with your knowledge of leading and kerning!