Relaunched Richmond shop hopes to inspire creativity

The owner of a relaunched Richmond shop hopes the business can “inspire the creativity” of those who visit.

Robinia Farnaby has taken over what was BB & Beth in Finkle Street, now renamed BB in Finkle.

Robinia has worked in art departments in film, television and theatre, sourcing for professional interiors as well as designing and project managing builds.

She started in the business after training as a scenic artist and propmaker, progressing later to the architectural side of design.

Clients have included the BBC, Granada TV, Ealing Studios, Blue Planet Aquarium, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and Yorkshire TV Studios.

The owner is now applying her creative skills to BB in Finkle, with the shop selling antiques, vintage paintings and pieces from local artists.

Robinia has an area in the shop where she undertakes commissions to upgrade furniture.

She also runs workshops for clients to work on their own pieces, teaching one-on-one or in groups.

She said: “We want to inspire creativity and be able to design and source for clients who can always be sure to find something unique and beautiful. We look forward to growing with the guidance of our visitors and commissions.

“We have recently completed a piece for a local lady by hand painting intricate flowers onto a piece of furniture to match her existing William Morris fabric. The client was so pleased with the transformation, saying that she will cherish it forever.

“We feel so privileged to have the opportunity to be part of Finkle Street’s wonderful community.

“We have been so very well received both locally and by many visitors and we have already sent our painted furniture all over the UK.

“We had a client from Paris delighted to find a vintage fabric, along with other buyers from Amsterdam, Berlin and Ireland. We are so happy to excite and inspire.”

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