Eco clothes designer Nicole Frobusch has used Seventies styling and vintage furniture to create a quirky family home
Nicole and Paul’s bedroom is also packed with much-loved bargain furniture. She points to the dressing table – a long, lean Seventies-style design – and says that she found it standing outside a house in Broadway Market, Hackney. “I was driving with the girls, and some teenagers standing by helped me put it in my car,” recalls Nicole. “They were so helpful.” The cane headboard on her own bed and the tailor’s dummy were further pavement finds. The picture above the headboard declaring Love is one of Nicole’s own creations, made from vintage linen stretched over a canvas and decorated with lace doilies.
Nicole stresses that she doesn’t pick up treasures simply to recycle, but because she loves their look. On her bedroom mantelpiece (and throughout the house) there are sculptered models of hands – a wooden one here, a painted one there. Nicole explains that she originally trained in expressive dance and “became obsessed with collecting hands” as she went on to sing with her band in the early Nineties. Likewise, the entire house is full of artwork – by the children, by herself, by her husband. Nicole finds it inspirational. “Sometimes it might be their drawings or the gesture of a hand that might inspire me when I’m dreaming up a clothes collection.” She will start with perhaps 20 to 30 ideas, then crystallise them down to eight or nine key designs. Her 2008 collection is now stocked in the US, London, Japan and selected stores around the UK.
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