The POSH Brands
Hand-carved, wooden letters, door furniture, wall art, Christmas decorations and wedding gifts
Reclaimed teak garden furniture, driftwood frames, mother of pearl and sago palmwood tableware
Eco-ethical property and land investment opportunities in Bali and the Indonesian archipelago
Emily’s collections are inspired by the abundance of beautiful, natural materials found in Indonesia but she has always taken care to use sustainable resources and she was early to adopt and use salvaged timber, up-cycled waste materials and agricultural bi-products in her designs. She also works directly with her craftspeople and does not use middle men. For many years she has pioneered the concept of stylish design and exceptional craftsmanship combined with an ethical policy.
The POSH Graffiti collection has been made by the same village rice farming community in Bali for 15 years. Many farmers are excellent wood carvers and use this important secondary business to sustain their agriculture, planting fast growing albizia trees around their rice fields to provide the wood. Each piece is unique and they are completely different to mass produced MDF products.
Emily’s POSH Salvage furniture is handcrafted from salvaged tropical hardwoods, many of which are becoming increasingly rare. Each piece is a one-off and shows the history of the timber used. The mother of pearl used in her tableware is a bi-product of pearl farming.
In 2006 Emily and her sister, Lucy, set up their retail website, but Emily has also worked with and supplied her POSH brands into a wide variety of shops around the world including : Bergdorf Goodman, The Conran Shop, Chatsworth House, Daylesford Organic, Gallerie Lafayette, Harrods, Heals, John Lewis, John Jenkins Crystal, Jamie Oliver, Kelly Hoppen, Linley, Liberty, Laura Ashley, Neiman Marcus, The National Portrait Gallery, Nina Campbell, Nigella Lawson, Top Shop, The Victoria and Albert Museum & the World Wildlife Fund.
Her most recent bespoke work includes a range of tea themed Christmas decorations for Clipper Teas, a collection of hand carved animal decorations for Roccoco Chocolates and mother of pearl spoons for David Linley and William Yeowood.
Emily studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art in London and it was on a trip to Indonesia in 1989 working as production manager for a British theatre company sourcing and rehearsing in Bali that she was inspired set up her own business. Whilst commissioning wooden masks and props Emily had noted the unique craftsmanship and beautiful materials used and, encouraged by the people she met, she decided to combine these with her own design ideas and knowledge of the London fashion scene.
In 1991 she opened her first shop in Neals Yard, Covent Garden and this was followed by additional Christmas pop-up shops in Newburgh Street on the edge of Soho for the next six years. It was here that her designs caught the eye of West End buyers and journalists and one of her first collaborations was a range of hand carved wooden Christmas decorations for Liberty.
Her first exhibition selling to shops was Top Drawer, London in 1997, where she launched a perfectly timed East Meets West bamboo collection just as Wallpaper magazine printed it’s second edition with a cover reading Bam-boom! The following year she was selected to exhibit as part of the Scenes d’ Interieur 10th Anniversary at Maison et Objet in Paris and has continued to exhibit at both retail and trade shows in London, Paris, Tokyo and Frankfurt including Chelsea Flower Show and as part of “Britain is Great and Green” at Milan Fashion week.
However she considers her new Planet Basket venture setting up rattan workshops as part of the Katingan Project in the rainforests of Borneo the most important of her career to date.