Trainspotters specialises in lighting and furniture reclaimed from disused factories in the UK and former Eastern Bloc countries. They’re usually tucked away in a Gloucestershire warehouse and sell mainly to commercial clients (the likes of Urban Outfitters, Anya Hindmarch and Soho House Berlin have all been fitted out with Trainspotters products) so the pop-up shop is a rare chance for members of the public to check out the range for themselves.
I was amazed to see how large and dramatic some of the lights were in the flesh, and intrigued to hear about the stories behind them from founder Jesse Carrington. I was particularly taken with the white, black and grey Dunlop lights (faithful reproductions of originals salvaged from the Dunlop Factory in Birmingham) and the prismatic glass pendants salvaged from the recently demolished Concorde hangar at Heathrow.
The Trainspotters pop-up shop is located at 25 Hanbury Street (E1 6QR) and open 11am-7pm until Sunday 13th May. It’s well worth visiting if you can, but if you can’t make it you can find everything on the website too.