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    Harry Potter comes to Trading Boundaries

    Harry Potter comes to Trading Boundaries

    This November, Trading Boundaries will be hosting an exhibition of Harry Potter book illustrator Cliff Wright’s work.

    Work on display will include original preparation sketches for ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ plus bronze and bronze resin sculptures including a sleeping Hippogriff - a mythical creature from Medieval Bestiaries and the world of Harry Potter.

     “The two illustrations that I painted for the Harry Potter books, ‘Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ still attract a lot of interest. Less well known are the preparation and process that went into creating the images. Commissioned artwork for a book cover will entail a period of preparing rough sketches to decide on a final design. In the case of Harry Potter, a passage from the book was suggested and I began to draw ideas working closely with the publisher. So as to retain as much vitality as possible in the final watercolour painting I only produce small-scale quick pencil/pen sketches as roughs. Time is spent on character and composition but not yet on execution, so my roughs are very simple. Nevertheless, following the success of the books these drawings have now become highly collectable.” Cliff Wright

    There will be a chance to view and purchase original watercolours from a range of children’s books, greeting cards and advertising work, spanning a 30 year career. The highest quality Fine Art Guild Limited Edition Reproductions will also be available of a number of selected images.

    Cliff will also be running a special drawing workshop during the exhibition. Details to be announced soon.

    Cliff Wright Exhibition, 1st – 30th November 2016. FREE ENTRY

    Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching, East Sussex TN22 3RB. 01825 790200

    Image: ©Cliff Wright. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Published by Bloomsbury

    Celebrating 20 years…

    Celebrating 20 years…

    Trading Boundaries, situated in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, is pleased to be celebrating its 20th birthday this year. For owners Michael Clifford and Tracy Thomson it’s been an extraordinary journey: “We were both interested in interior design during the mid-1990s and became aware of fabulous Indian furniture arriving into the UK, but it was only available in expensive London boutiques. Michael’s mother was born in India (his grandparents were missionaries out there) and having visited as a teenager he had a real affinity to the Country, so we decided he should travel back out to see if he could find these amazing products himself. A trip to India was planned in early 1996 and the rest as they say, is history…” says Tracy.


    Starting their business in a barn in Dormansland importing Indian furniture, and then moving a couple of years later to transform a derelict Georgian coaching inn, that had at times had a dubious reputation as the Sheffield Arms, into a retail emporium. “From our simple beginnings, it’s extraordinary to realise how the business has developed over the years. It’s been a roller-coaster ride, but we are very proud of what we’ve achieved and are very happy to be part of the community.” comments Michael, adding: “I can’t quite believe it has been 20 years!” 


    Known by many locally as ‘The Elephant Place’ due to its large carved elephants on the front lawn, Trading Boundaries has expanded over the years, so is not only an amazing shopping experience with its extensive selection of Indian furniture, contemporary ranges, textiles, jewellery, homeware, gifts and accessories, but also has a café with a lovely outside area, gallery and independent courtyard boutiques... and as the sun goes down, the café transforms into a stunning, magical live music venue hosting acts such as The Brand New Heavies, Focus, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Steve Hackett from Genesis and many more… and in 2014 was voted as one of the top ten music venues in the UK by a national music magazine. 


    “To celebrate our 20th anniversary we are hosting a number of events - including our first outdoor boutique music festival at the end of July, which proved a great success. India is still very close to our hearts, so this year we are supporting a wonderful charity The Sambhali Trust - helping some of the poorest women and children in Rajasthan, and over the years we are pleased to have supported charities and events in the local area too. We have a number of events coming up in the autumn and winter including our Proms night and Charity Music Quiz in September, the Roger Dean exhibition in October as well as our ever-popular Christmas parties in December and lots more in between!” says Michael. 



    Purchase your next dining room sideboard from us


    The next time you are watching a period drama on TV, keep an eye out for the grand dining rooms and in particular, a furniture item that has enjoyed an extremely distinguished history in this similarly distinguished room of the house. The item of which we speak is - of course - the sideboard, the waist-height furniture piece for the serving of food and storage of utensils that has been a fixture in the home since the late 18th century.


    As the former coaching inn that now houses Trading Boundaries' physical premises was being built in rural East Sussex in the 1770s, chatter was spreading across the country about a furniture item that promised to combine impeccable style with the utmost practicality. This was an era, after all, when the most affluent householders were demanding all of the trappings of the most desirable lifestyle.


    That item was the sideboard, but with the earliest versions being little more than slab tables for preparing food and drink as well as serving it, they were yet to gain the style that they would come to be associated with in the 19th century. That was when the sideboard became the dining room furniture to have - the place to store and display one's finest dinnerware, silverware and other dining accoutrements.


    Much may have changed in interior and furniture design since then, as well as the ways in which we live, but sideboards retain every inch of their retro and practical appeal. If you are seeking the ideal 2 door sideboard for your traditional dining room, or indeed larger versions boasting 3 or 4 doors, you really can't do better than a visit to our remarkable Georgian furniture showrooms - or, failing that, our complete online store, where you will find the finest new and used sideboards alike.


    Sideboards on sale in our online shop in the last few months alone have included such distinctive offerings as a 2 door 4 drawer sideboard made from reclaimed teak and mango wood, a fretwork 2 door sideboard from India and a Java low sideboard that combines manufacture from mango wood with an American walnut stain finish. You can also turn to us for a range of Oak Burger sideboards that could be just the thing if you desire a well-made wooden sideboard with a hint of modernity.


    Our hugely varied sideboard range is just one part of our even more comprehensive selection of high quality dining room furniture here at Trading Boundaries. It all means that when the time comes to add that touch of vintage class and unashamed practicality that only a sideboard quite offers, there's only one online store that you need ever visit. 

    Unique Boutiques

    Unique Boutiques

     A closer look at our unique boutiques


    You might think that there's charm enough in being able to visit a gorgeous former Georgian manor house in one of the most beautiful areas of rural East Sussex, greeted on your entrance into the property by a veritable Aladdin's cave of sumptuous antique furniture, homeware, accessories and gifts. But there's even more to Trading Boundaries than all of that - such as our fabulous independent boutiques based around our endearing courtyard.


    Whether you visit to shop for eye-catching garden and interior accessories, distinctive womenswear, the finest of fine wines or something entirely different, you will simply not be disappointed by our vintage bar & boutique in Sussex. While away the hours on a sun-drenched East Sussex morning discovering characterful outlets like The Rural Vintner, Hi Hi and The Leaping Hare, and when you desire a break, refreshments will be awaiting you beneath the arches of our Elephant Cafe.


    The Elephant Cafe becomes an invigorating performance venue by night, but during the day, it has a much more sedate ambience, making it just the place for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Once you have been suitably watered and fed in this pleasant setting, you will feel all the more in the mood to sift once again through the offerings of our boutiques, which could never be mistaken for the usual high street or out-of-town big name brand stores.


    They are unquestionably all the better for being that way - whether you stop in at Andrea Duly's Foxy Feet boutique with its footwear ranges encompassing such sought-after labels as Cocorose, Tamaris and Moda in Pelle, or instead head in the direction of Thyme of the Season, the stunning kitchen and garden boutique of longtime Sussex resident Irena Stout. This is just the spot to pick up a one-of-a-kind Scandinavian product for your home or garden.


    Once you leave Thyme of the Season, you may wish to explore the boutique currently adjacent to it, The Amazing Lavender Sisters, which specialises in lovely - but affordable - womenswear. Whether your taste is in tops, trousers, jackets or trousers, you are sure to find something to delight in this charming shop run by Susie Jaggs. Fashionistas on our premises are also sure to be enchanted by the beautiful Hi Hi store, with its collections sourced directly from Copenhagen Fashion Week.


    All that remains is to select from one of more than 300 remarkable wines and spirits on offer at The Rural Vintner, where the wines have already been chosen with utmost care before being permitted onto the shelves. It completes a range of boutiques that is simply unrivalled within or outside this greenest of English counties, meaning that when someone next asks you to recommend a vintage bar & boutique in Sussex, you will know exactly which venue to suggest.    

    Find beautiful Indian furniture online and in store with Trading Boundaries

    Find beautiful Indian furniture online and in store with Trading Boundaries

    Trading Boundaries has been sourcing authentic Indian furniture for over nineteen years. Owners, Michael Clifford and Tracy Thomson, source items directly from different regions of India on their regular buying trips. The  showrooms at Trading Boundaries are packed full of original pieces of furniture, textiles and architectural pieces, which we’re now able to offer to customers across the country with our popular online shop.

    We offer one of the most extensive online collections of Indian furniture currently available in the United Kingdom, featuring large ornate cabinets and wardrobes, antique coffee tables, tribal damachaya cabinets, chests and beautiful teak writing desks. You can also purchase accessories from India, including original mirrors, in a variety of designs as well as a selection of decorative statues in teak and brass.

    With such a large inventory, you’ll always be able to find an item that fits with the style of your home, whether it’s a dark teak piece, or one with vivid painted elements, that can be used as an accent piece to brighten up a room.

    We have new shipments arriving from India regularly so keep checking the online store to view newest items added to the collection. It’s a simple process to purchase your item online, and as experienced providers of antique items, you can buy with confidence.

    Please feel free to browse our online store, or visit our showrooms in the heart of the Ashdown Forest. 

    Call our showroom on 01825 790200 if you have any questions. 


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