November 2013

The Shop at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) has unveiled its 2013 Christmas Collection, which offers range of contemporary gifts from as little as £1.99, with a number of items also available online from early November.

The ORNC continues to offer a showcase for the wealth of local talent in and around Greenwich and to commission bespoke pieces. Following the commission of the stunning Greenwich Skyline decoration from Locomocean in 2012, the shop at the ORNC has commissioned a beautiful print by acclaimed, Greenwich-based artist Beka Smith for its Christmas 2013 collection.

“We are delighted to feature a range of gifts this Christmas that includes pieces by some of Britain’s talented designer-makers, from beautiful knitted products to fun and funky designs in paper and card, and exquisite ceramics,” says Rachel de Ridder, Retail Manager at the ORNC.

“For the first time we are also offering online shopping for a range of our Christmas products ensuring that anyone in the UK can purchase bespoke designs some of which are not available through any other outlet.”

“We are also pleased to confirm that we will have a pop-up stall in Greenwich Market on the evening of 27 November at the switch on of the Christmas lights.”

Gifts for under £10

Jonathan Aspinal’s popular Pop-Out Greetings Cards are both affordable and fun. Not only do they carry a Christmas message to friends and family, but they also make lovely decorations. Simply pop out the pieces of the five designs and slot together to create a range of tree decorations including doves, stars and snowflakes. Each pack includes a beautifully designed greeting card along with a red ribbon to hang up the decoration and an A6 envelope for posting.

Back by popular demand this year are Melisa Dora’s Ceramic Christmas Decorations. This Christmas the ORNC collection will feature her small tree decorations in six different designs including stars, angels and Christmas trees all made in exquisite white porcelain.

A new product from the popular “life’s a party” range of decorations is featured in the shop at the ORNC shop this year. Round paper ornaments with geometric print designs in pastel colours and earth tints, The Circles are partly inspired by Indian motifs, but are also unmistakably Nordic. Hang The Circles on the Christmas tree, thread them to make bunting or use them to decorate gifts.

Forget the selection boxes this year and treat yourselves to some Rudolf and Penguin or Christmas pudding chocolates from Choc on Choc or a selection if traditional sweets from Cakeless Cakes.

Gifts from £10 - £30

Krasnaya was founded initially on a love of the traditional Matryoshka dolls, which began following a trip to Russia. This Christmas the ORNC shop features their “paint your own” santa matroshki kits offering hours of fun to all the family. Each kit contains a hand turned 3 piece wooden nesting doll with the santa design drawn on, artists acrylic paint, paintbrush, wiggly eyes, and instruction sheet.

Designer-maker Melisa Dora explores traditional aspects of Turkish design in her beautiful creations, in particular the use of vibrant patterns and colours used on ceramic tiles and Turkish architecture. The 2013 ORNC Christmas collection features two of Melisa’s colourful pendant necklaces. Available both in person and online (from November 2013).

Pirates Ahoy! Brighten up the breakfast table with this china bowl, mug, plate and eggcup by Churchill each featuring a different pirate scene and catchphrases. The set comes in a 'treasure chest' style presentation box with a special a pirate rhyme printed on the back. This product range is new to the Shop at the ORNC.

Acclaimed artist Beka Smith, whose portraits have been featured in many magazines and books including ‘500 Portraits’ by Sandy Nairne (Director of the National Portrait Gallery), has turned her talent to creating a new work, A View from Greenwich Park which will be featured as a print available uniquely in the ORNC shop. Available both in person and online (from November 2013).

Gifts from £30 - £50

New to the ORNC this Christmas is the cool, contemporary Brick Vase by STOLEN FORM, a company that takes inspiration form the urban environment, recasting some of its most recognisable features as decorative products for the home. The Brick Vase is cast in pure white earthernware with a slip glaze making it ideal for both the period and modern interior. Available both in person and online (from November 2013).

Locomocean’s popular Metropolis Skylines - including New York, Paris and London - are polished stainless steel skylines with remote controlled colour changing LED backlight allowing people choose different mood colours or to have continuous slow fading from dusk till dawn. In 2012 the shop at the ORNC commissioned a bespoke Greenwich Skyline featuring the iconic domes of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, the masts of the Cutty Sark and the immediately recognizable outline of the O2 Arena. Available both in person and online (from November 2013).

Keep warm in style this winter with knitted designs from Joy Bates at Seven Gauge. Joy gained early success selling knitwear to independent retailers including Paul Smith and later designing knitted fabric for international design houses including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Nicole Farhi. She brought her eye for pattern and design to a range of accessories when she set up Seven Gauge. This year the ORNC Christmas collection features knitted scarves in six colourful designs and funky hot water bottle covers in three designs.

The Shop at the Old Royal Naval College is based in Discover Greenwich in the heart of the World Heritage Site, a short walk from the DLR and the mainline train station and served by many buses. Enter the shop directly from the Thames Clipper stop at Greenwich Pier, from King William Walk beside the Clore Learning Centre (opposite the Cutty Sark) or via the Meantime café and restaurant on the ORNC site. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

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