Hamleys | Factorylux lighting at the Trafford Centre

Hamleys is Britain’s oldest, most famous and greatest loved toy store - from their classic marble set, to their distinctive teddy bears, to the latest, most sought after toy of the year – this historical British shop has something for everyone. The Trafford Centre branch was the sixth Hamleys store in the UK when it opened in time for Christmas 2013. Factorylux simple, durable […]

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Prelogram Moleskine | Behind the scenes of production

Lots of people ask for information about how we make a Prelogram Moleskine. Here’s the whole process in six Vine videos. Stage 1 – a Linotype machine is used to typeset your words. As the keys on the Linotype machine are pressed, brass matrices drop from the magazines. Each chute in the magazine holds matrices […]

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Belly band Prelogram

Belly Bands | Upcycling ‘make readies’ from our print operation

When it comes to packaging, we’re all for reducing, reusing and recycling. The scrumpled paper in our boxes is 100% recycled and we don’t use hard-to-recyle plastic films. The belly bands for our personalised Moleskine notebooks and eco-filament light bulbs are made from paper upcycled from our print operation. Our collection of limited edition half-tone […]

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Tour de France print Gino Bartali

Matt Harper Curates Tour de France Prints For Prelogram

Matt Harper, co-founder of Look Mum No Hands (LMNH) has selected five of his all-time cyclists for our Prelogram Tour de France prints. The prints are available to buy here. LMNH is a cafe and bike repair shop rolled into two venues in east London. Matt was much too busy to be interviewed, but agreed […]

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ed-invent | Interview with Richard Taylor

It’s not every day we get asked to donate 500 lengths of fabric cable, each one just under 30cm in length. We were happy to oblige when we found out the cable was for an ed-invent project. The flex was used to demonstrate how far light travels in a nano-second. At 299,792,458 metres per second, it […]

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Traditional lighting at Lissom and Muster | Sharing a commitment to quality

Lissom & Muster’s traditional footwear and clothing is lit by a collection of our traditional lighting. A selection of our lamp shades, incandescent lamps and fabric cable appears across both floors of the Manchester emporium. L&M sell things designed and built to last, finding and commissioning skilfully created and authentic goods. Every product is made […]

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#HappyHour explained | Original and durable products at half price

#HappyHour? What’s that? Each week we offer a 50% discount on Prelogram personalised Moleskine notebooks. The sale lasts for just one hour and is your chance to buy one of our analogue printing press products at an unbelievable price. How do I hear about #HappyHour? The only way to hear about #HappyHour is on Facebook or Twitter @urbancottageind. […]

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Festoon lights at the Splendid Sausage Company

Lighting the Splendid Sausage Company | Factorylux festoon

Sian Astley – the queen of Moregeous - has worked her interior design magic for the Splendid Sausage Company in Manchester. In just ten days (yup, that’s what I said!), Sian and her team transformed a dark and confined space into an exciting diner with exposed brick walls, bold red and white decor, a collection of bright furniture […]

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Eco-filament Caret Lamp

Eco-filament caret light bulbs | Exclusive to Factorylux

We’ve been trying for years to identify a viable low-energy filament light bulb design. After many false dawns, we’ve seen the light. Here are the facts on our new eco-filament light bulbs or click here to buy now. rated A for energy consumption – the highest rating fully compatible with existing E27 lamp holders – […]

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Living Wage Foundation | Interview with Rhys Moore

We’ve been a member of the Living Wage Foundation since it was set up in 2011. It’s a vibrant and compelling idea that transcends the business and political spectrum - David Cameron, Ed Milliband, Boris Johnson and business leaders across the UK have promoted and endorsed the aims of the foundation. Paying a Living Wage is not only ethically right, […]

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