Monday, 13 December 2010

Beauty just round the corner

We Magpies, recently migrated south to Brighton and Hove, are still in awe at the sheer scale of creative talent and brilliant shopping to be found in the area.  Spoilt for choice in the Lanes and Kemp Town with flea markets, art markets, design shops and craft stalls, I was even more delighted to find a little gem just near my flat, quite a way out of town on Portland Road in Hove.

Second Seed, run by husband and wife duo Paul and Alex Soden, combines skilled craftsmanship with a flair for creating great displays with well-chosen products.  With warm glowing lights and pretty objects enticing you in from the kerbside, the shop boasts handmade furnishings, accessories and gifts.  You can buy locally designed cards, old-fashioned toys, lighting, mirrors, all uncompromisingly well made and beautiful.

The jewel in their crown that really sets them apart is the wooden furniture created by Paul in the workshop downstairs.  Using reclaimed timber, and in particular long standing sea groynes from the south coast, he gives the wood a new life whilst creating unique bespoke objects.

Well worth a trip out of town centre to discover this local treasure.

Second Seed is at 94 Portland Road, Hove

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