Redbrick mill is based in the heart of Yorkshire (that’s anything near Leeds basically), in a beautifully converted Victorian mill. I’m always excited to see something here in the north, that brings London to us (cause it’s far!!). Redbrick is unique in that, outside of London there isn’t really anywhere you can go for so many beautifully curated pieces for your home.
It’s essentially a department store for furniture and interiors, with brands and items ranging from local sought-after designers to world renowned names. The Telegraph named it “the best all-round interiors destination outside London.”
It’s a huge site, with four open plan levels with “inspirational room sets with furniture and interiors, cookware, lighting, art, home accessories and gifts, along with dedicated kitchen and bathroom showrooms.”
Redbrick Mills and blogger ‘Girl with the Green Sofa’ hosted an event where I was able to have a look and find out what they do. It was a chance to meet some of Yorkshire’s finest bloggers, chat interiors and find out more about the brands. From the food to the furniture I was thoroughly impressed and ended up going back for a second visit so I could make sure I hadn’t missed anything!
It’s well worth a trip even if you just go to grab a bite and if you’re after a bargain don’t forget to check out the building across the car park, the Redbrick Clearance Department with savings of up to 75% off the original price.
My Redbrick Hit List!
So now I’ve been a couple of times, really got the lay of the Land, I wanted to touch on a few brands housed at Redbrick that are worth a visit, even if you just go to look – you’ll come away with plenty of ideas (and you can always just stop for a bite to eat!.)
What they say: Heal’s –the iconic furniture, accessory and lighting brand with six stores in the UK. Redbrick is home to their only Northern store and features an extensive ground floor showroom. The 200 year old brand is renowned for promoting modern design and working with new and established global designers including Ligne Roset, Tom Dixon, Vitra and many more to bring the latest design-led products for your home – everything from beautifully fragranced candles to Italian leather sofas. In-house design consultants.
What I say: Heals is dripping in inspiration! I was particularly drawn to the candles and faux flowers by Abigail Ahern (the Channel of faux flowers!). I think if you’ve not yet got your design style nailed down, you could find a couple of pieces you like (large or small) and work from there.
What they say: Founded in 2012, by Adele Ashley, Filmore & Union have rapidly gained a loyal customer-base and a growing reputation for innovative recipes, wholesome and healthy food, winning many awards, including a top three finish in The Sunday Times Healthy Eating Restaurant Awards in 2015. Filmore & Union strive to serve food that is both nourishing and sumptuous in taste and believe in serving real food that supplies real nutrition for everyday life. Absolutely everything served at Filmore & Union has been carefully designed to benefit your well-being. Filmore make it their mission to create a menu of pure, great tasting food.
What I say: Filmore does lovely food indeed. At the event we were lucky enough to sample a few of their dishes. It’s somewhere I’ve dropped into for a quick coffee, at some of their other locations, but I was yet to try any of their food! My favorite dishes had to be the smashed avocado on rye bread with feta and honey roasted pears and the smoked haddock and sweet potato fish cakes. I’d deffo pop back in for another bite to eat, everything felt very healthy and balanced but was also delicious!
What they say: The SMART Gallery is an independent gallery featuring a wide range of Original and Limited Edition art, sculpture, ceramics and glassware. The gallery sells art from top international artists such as Doug Hyde and Todd White as well as regional artists including, Danny Abrahams, Jonathan Shaw and Peter Brook.
What I say: I love an art gallery, and was particularly pleased to be able to wander round wonderful curated pieces from artists around the world. A piece of art can change the feeling of a room and make such a difference! There are some truly beautiful and interesting works in this gallery, I easily spent the most time wandering round the gallery on my second visit!
What they say: Funktionalley has an innovative collection of furniture, lifestyle accessories and some very special finishing touches. This Scandinavian company showcases a unique and ever evolving range of original, practical and ethical designs. Official UK partner for Northern Lighting, Minus Tio, String, Light Years, STUA, Magis
What I say: I just love the style of Funktionally! It’s bright, quirky and a little different – right up my alley!! (Yeah I know that was kinda terrible!)
What they say: MADE.COM – Originally launched as purely an online retailer, however the brand quickly identified that their customers wanted to experience the product. The brand works directly with the designers and makers with an ethos to bring high-end, lifestyle design to everyone, everywhere at a fair price. Thoughtfully designed, timeless and versatile with great attention to detail, their collections are designed to outlive trends and evolve with a changing style. Their Redbrick showroom is MADE’s only Northern store and is the largest collection of MADE in the UK and a great chance to view the products in person.
What I say: Made has been one of my favorite brands for a while. As a frequent visitor through Schipol airport one of my favorite places to snooze between flights is the area decorated in Made pieces! Not only is it a good spot to wait a flight, but the pieces are so lovely and well-designs, it’s hard to leave without them making an impression on you. I love their mix of modern styles and vintage pieces, that truly are timeless. There’s a beautiful blue Chesterfield-style sofa at Redbrick that is now on my radar!!
Cookshop by Bacchanalia
What they say: Bacchanalia’s extensive showroom features every conceivable accessory for the ultimate kitchen indulgence to compliment every style of kitchen. Featuring design-led brands such as Stellar, Le Cafetiere and Joseph Joseph.
What I say: I love kitchen gadgets, accessories (and stuff I don’t need) so so much! I had to tear myself away from buying another Joseph Joseph chopping board (I seemed to forget I already had one in my excitement), and have already mentally made a shopping list of things I currently have no room for but will be making room for… who doesn’t love a good pan set!?!
This was just a quick overview of some of my top spots, I could go on! It’s also worth a visit to BagnoDesign and BoConcept, both well worthy of a mention – it’s massive building and there is plenty more to discover!