ISSUE 101  |  The Early Bird

The Webb Street Company in Cornwall

December 03, 2013 8:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Oliver Davies and Ben Bailey, a pair of modern-day merchants, turned a seaside art gallery (formerly owned by Oliver’s parents) in Cornwall, England, into the Webb Street Company, a showcase for simple, beautiful housewares, furniture, and objects, with the town itself at its heart. Working with Millard & Flo, a local design outfit, they gutted the interior of the space and introduced a clean-lined combination of new and repurposed materials and lighting (we especially like their lighting scheme, which mixes retro looking fixtures from Original BTC with reclaimed industrial lights and modern Caravaggio pendants designed by Cecilie Manz). No online shopping yet, but it’s in the works.

Above: A peek into the shop from its handsome charcoal exterior; a row of porcelain Hector Pendant Lights ($379 at DWR) illuminates the interior.

Above: The register counter is made from repurposed wood topped with glass by Millard & Flo.

Above: A trio of Small Caravaggio Pendants in white ($395 each at Y Lighting) illuminates the counter.

Above: Vintage apple crates serve as display shelves.

Above: A trio of retro styled porcelain Original BTC Hector Wall Lights ($210 each at Horne) illuminate a corner of the store.

Above: A wall paneled in driftwood-hued reclaimed wood references the seaside setting. The three-legged stool is by Another Country.

Above: Ceiling illumination is provided by industrial Vaportight lights; for something similar, investigate the Outdoor Vaportight Lights from American Fluorescent; $14.49 each on Amazon or vintage Straight Glass and Porcelain Lights from Trainspotters (£85 each).

Above: Striped ceramics by Sue Binns Pottery.

Above: Plain brown paper bags, just what you’d expect.

See all our Cornwall finds (shops, lodgings, even a knotting shop) here.