Bespoke handcrafted solid wood counter, by Dundee-based furniture designer Lyle McCance (Board Stupid)

Hello you lovely lot!

As you are probably aware, we are closing our doors at the end of the month, and as such are selling off various bits of furniture and display. Please find below [roughly photoshopped] images of what we are selling so far. Please note:

  • We are open until the 24th, so feel free to come and view items during opening hours.
  • No reservations we’re afraid – the only way to ensure an item is yours is to pay for it in advance. We will issue invoices and can take payments over the phone/via bacs/in store.
  • All items must be collected between 1pm Sunday 25th and 5pm Thursday 29th January 2015.

To arrange a collection/more info/request larger photos, just give us a call, or drop us an email.



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We have some news…

Hello lovelies

As you know, we’ve been open for over 3 years now, and have loved every minute of it. Our designers have always been at the heart of the boutique, and we are proud to champion such lovely, talented folk.


It didn’t take long to realise a computer was more efficient…

Opening during the recession was not a decision we took lightly, and were prepared for the long slog to success. 3 years later and unfortunately we are still slogging away! Mix this in with the fact that we have a number of personal changes on the horizon and we’re afraid that we have some news… We are sad to tell you that Black Box will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of January.


Letting the Boohoos out

When Black Box was in its concept stage, we knew that what we wanted more than anything was to provide a platform to showcase the best of curious design. We wanted to create a wonderland for people to enjoy and wander round, discovering amazing work nestled in amongst the alternative displays. We vowed to throw out the conventional and embrace the strange.

Black Box has grown and evolved over the years, and we’ve loved the process. Each year brought a revamp of the displays, plus the excitement of brand new work coming into the boutique. Our designer-base extended outwards to include a number international designers whose work stole our hearts. From 20 designers we started with on opening, to the 100 we have today, each and every collection we have showcased has brought something individual to the shop.


Ehh, ah dinny ‘hink so pal! Gees that stuff back!

Our ethos was, and has always been, to ‘keep it curious’. Throughout the years we have curated amazing collections of weird and wonderful design objects, and have had the absolute pleasure of meeting and working with some truly brilliant people.  All of our designers have been hand-picked for their unique styles and unusual techniques, and it is really the work that has made Black Box what it is.

Farewell old pals! 

Over the years we have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to customers from all over the world, as well as our wonderful regulars. We will remember the one-on-one conversations we have had fondly, and your kind words will stay with us.

So! What’s the plan Batman? Don’t fret – we are business-as-usual until the New Year, and will keep you all updated over the coming months. We will also be open for 3 weeks in January for our Mega Awesome Farewell Sale, closing at the end of day on Sat 24th January.


Sarah trying to get a head start on the packing

Our last ever party (sob!) is planned for the Friday 5th December, and will be a combined Xmas / farewell celebration. We will post up the invitation to you all nearer the time. It would be wonderful to see you if you are able to make it along!

We are forever indebted to the kindness and support we have received over the years from our lovely customers, designers, friends and family. Without you, Black Box would not have been possible. We have loved every minute of it, and hope that you have enjoyed being part of our curious design boutique as much as we have enjoyed having you.


The Black Box family  drunkenly raising a glass to you all

Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement over the years, you’re all ruddy wonderful!

Thank you for reading, we look forward to seeing you over our last few months.


Hannah & Sarah



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Down the Rabbit Hole: DEAR PRUDENCE

Our designers are at the heart of Black Box, with each glorious item we sell being a product of an independent designer’s wonderful imagination. We think it’s time you’re introduced to the faces behind the work.



Dear Prudence is the brainchild of Laura Park, an illustrator based in the historic city of York. Originally from Scotland, Laura studied at Glasgow School of Art, before turning her hand to running her own business. Laura’s drawings are inspired by animals, patterns and nature, and have a delicate sweetness to them that we just love!

BB: Describe your style in 3 words.

DP: Naive, feeling, endearing


BB: What inspires you and your work?

DP: Patterns, textiles (quilts in particular) nature and giving animals little personalities. Oh and all things paper. Paper is my constant inspiration and obsession.


BB: What’s your earliest memory of being creative?

DP: Drawing a ghost when I was 6. I remember being really frustrated I couldn’t colour it in white, as the paper was already white. I tried anyway!


BB: Give us a brief run through of your average day in the studio

DP: My days are very different from how they were 10 months ago. Since having our son Amos he takes up most of my time during the day. As soon as my husband gets through the door at 5pm I run up to my studio and run off orders, pack them and go through my emails. If I am lucky I may get a couple of hours to draw and create new patterns for a new wrap or card. It’s pretty tough juggling everything but I manage. Weekends are great as I get all Saturday in my studio while my husband takes Amos into town for the day.


BB: Are there any parts of the design process you love / hate?

DP: I love drawing. I created Dear Prudence so that I could draw everyday. I am lucky that people buy my cards. I find working on commissions very difficult. It’s not that I dislike it I just find it a struggle. When a client has a picture in their head it can be an uphill battle trying to achieve this as they often change their mind when they see it in existence.


BB: How do you tackle designer’s block?

DP: I get out and breathe. No point in fighting it. I just accept it’s not happening and hope for a better day tomorrow. A good browse on Pinterest can also do wonders.


BB: Do you have a favourite piece?

DP: My three new prints are something of an achievement. I drew them when Amos was only 6 months so I am pretty proud of myself. Drawing them was like therapy for the soul. It’s made me want to create a whole collection of prints.


BB: What would be your dream creative project?

DP: I have always wanted to collaborate with a writer and create a Children’s book. I am a big fan of Jon Klassen’s books. It is a life long dream and one I hope to live.


BB: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist who would it be?

DP: Anthropologie or Donna Wilson. I would love her to knit one of my animal drawings.


BB: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?

DP: I would have my own shop/café.

BB: If you could move your studio to somewhere new, where would you go?

DP: Berlin


BB: What’s on your studio playlist at the moment?

DP: Agnes Obel, Low Roar, Ane Brun, Junip and Samantha Crain.

BB: Who would you love to own one of your pieces?

DP: David Bowie.


x H&S

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Shimmering kites and geometric delights


We’ve just had a new delivery from the lovely Stephanie Bates!

Stephanie’s jewellery is based on the deconstruction and regeneration of the Gloucester Docklands, and the urban architecture of Birmingham’s abandoned warehouses and flats. The history and structures revealed through the demolition, contrasted with the brand new builidings being constructed nearby, are a constant source of inspiration.


We love the simple geometric forms and the beautifully polished finishes, particularly the rosegold-plated Kite Pendant! Better come check them out quick sharp before we snap them up ourselves ;)

x H&S


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Mythical Beasts & Mystical Tattoos


A Black Box favourite, we absolutely cannot get enough of The Black Apple! With a new delivery arrived fresh from the States, these gorgeous prints are selling like hot-cakes.

Emily Winfield Martin is an illustrator and the mastermind behind The Black Apple. Emily works from her studio in the creative hub of Portland, Oregon.  To put it in her own words, Emily’s studio is ‘filled with old children’s books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, music, myths, carnivals, children’s books from the late 19th through mid 20th century, her favorite films, and autobiography.’

BAP display

Each of her beautiful illustrations are prints of her original paintings. Emily has also published a number of (yes you guessed it) beautifully illustrated books, and also makes dolls, pins, postcards and stationery!  Before we even had a chance to blog about The Black Apple the prints began to sell, so this lovely collection is a selection of our favourites that are left in stock here at the boutique!

x H&S


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