Work on our new mill progresses steadily, the latest development being the shotblasting of the stone walls in the Victorian warehouse space to the rear of the complex. When we moved in to the mill this space was partitioned off with damp plasterboard corridors and bodged tarpaulin roof repairs, and little of what we now see was visible. Today's shotblasting has revealed the original cotswold stone walls in all their glory, off-setting beautifully the original multi-paned Victorian windows (which we are also restoring).
Springtime is fittingly a time of new beginnings here at Trainspotters.
After a winter of uncertainty and uneasy wranglings we have finally managed to secure
ownership of the historical mill building that neighbours our existing showroom.
Dating in parts from the 1500's New Mills is a shadow of its former prosperous self, having ceased
activities as a woollen mill back in 1898, since when it has been allowed to slowly dilapidate.
Andy and Tony of Trainspotters unload a wagon full of salvaged industrial lights, hot from a Polish factory. Lights generally arrive into us in rough state, warts and all. They are then dismantled into component parts before undergoing the various stages of refurbishment, before emerging phoenix-like onto the website weeks, months or even years later. This latest haul is an exciting collection of metal and prismatic glass pendant and wall lights in a variety of styles, some of which we've not seen before.
See a host of our salvaged East German communist tube lights used to magnificent effect in SuperDry's new 25,000 sq ft flagship store
in Regent Street, London, where they line 4 flights of stairs in the central stairwell.
Filling the upper spaces of the same sweeping stairwell is a 35 strong random cluster of industrial 1940's Maxlume
pendant lights, salvaged from a Manchester factory last year. http://www.superdry.com/ Photos courtesy of James Meigh
Just came across this grainy old 1940's photograph of the Thorlux factory in Birmingham. The ladies can be seen applying foil stickers to the stacks of vitreous enamelled shades that Thorlux built its name on. Whilst many dream of foreign holidays and lottery wins, this is the kind of stash of lighting that we at Trainspotters fantasize about coming across at the back of some warehouse. We normally carry decent runs of mid-century reclaimed viteous enamelled lighting in stock.
Last week we visited this vast decaying chemical plant in Hungary. It's currently being demolished from one end whilst we endeavour to spirit the wealth of industrial lighting it contains out of the other. Whatever your take on communism and the Soviet regime, an air of sadness hangs about places like this. Once a place of aspiration and community this factory has literally been walked out of, fixtures and fittings left more or less intact, leaving just a legion of feral cats and the likes of ourselves to wander it's eerie spaces.
After 3 very long days and nights setting up, we finally flung open the doors of our East London pop-up showroom on Friday 4th May. It looks pretty good even if we say so ourselves. Thanks to all those who have found the time to come in and visit us - it's very nice to be able to put some faces to hitherto virtual relationships. If you're anywhere near please come and visit us at 25 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QR, we're open every day until Sunday 13th May, 11am-7pm.
Although retro lighting might not be at the top of you 'summer-must-haves' list, there are some pretty smart creations to be found at this pop-up shop. Usually based in Gloucestershire, Trainspotters will be in the big smoke for 10 days only, bringing with it a host of retro lighting and salvage. Having sourced pieces for restaurants like Jamie's Italian, stores like Urban Outfitters and even big name companies like Starbucks, Google and Sony, Trainspotters is a safe bet for stylish, crowd-pleasing pieces.
We've been fancying doing this for a while and have finally got our act together...
We've found a great glass fronted shop unit in the old Truman Brewery in East London, and will be running a shop there for 10 days in May.
Please see the press release as follows for full info: Leading industrial lighting and salvage specialists Trainspotters bring their wares to London for 10 days in May.
Ever wondered what happens to all of those coloured plastic (polypropylene) chairs that you used to slouch on at school? Thanks to chair manufacturers Kirkhouse in collaboration with Optimus Education Foundation many are now avoiding landfill and finding new homes in African schools and colleges, where they can still give decades of good service. If you have any of these chairs that require rehousing please contact either of the above who will be happy to assist.