Labour and Wait.

I have moments where I want to live in a world before plastic. Before everything became branded and disposable. The 1940s would do the trick. When packages were wrapped in brown paper and twine. When your dust pan was steel and your breadbox (this is the 40s – you have a bread box) was enamel. Labour and Wait understands the charm of making things simple and clean like people did in the older days. So you can still live better through chemistry (no need to put the iMac away and live like you’re Amish) and still have some old school authenticity. Labour and Wait understands that basic is beautiful. I can’t help but to think of it as a British version of Muji, only better.

In addition to their original store in London, the company has a shop-in-shop in the fantastic Dover Street Market and a few “corners” in Japan, naturally.

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All images from Labour and Wait.

Thanks to Reference Library.

Comments on “Labour and Wait.

    Courtney on March 5, 2008 11:28 PM:

    How beautiful are these product shots?! I agree. Plastic doesn’t do anyone any good.

    I’m so glad I found your blog and I absolutely love your vision!! Another fantastic source for inspiration to add to the daily list….

    james fox on October 20, 2008 11:36 AM:

    love opinels. so inexpensive (impossible to get the sheath *snicker* here in the US though…) just got a massive stainless dustpan for scooping leaves. pride of place on its gardenshed hook.

    Mr Wynn on October 20, 2008 11:55 AM:

    You should also check out the German retailer Manufactum (

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