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Westley Richards & Co. - A Visit to the Factory by Photographer Simon Upton.

I am sure that less than 10% of our readers will ever have the opportunity to actually visit our factory in Birmingham. Everyone has the opportunity but the distances, oceans and time factors make trips like this difficult.

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Recently I was fortunate enough to have the factory photographed by one of the worlds leading interior photographers, Simon Upton a keen sportsman himself. Simon travels the world extensively shooting magnificent interiors for magazines. His client list is a who's who of interior and decoration magazines amongst which are The World of Interiors, Vogue, House and Garden, Elle Decor, Harpers Bazaar, Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair.

We were joined for the shoot days by the man who is largely responsible for the overall look of the factory, Hubert Zandburg. I first met Hubert, a young South African interior designer in 2005, just prior to my embarking on the new factory project. Hubert like myself is a compulsive 'collector hunter gatherer', we cannot resist buying items of interest and allow them to take over our lives and he has a remarkable ability of displaying the collected items to be shown at their very best. Literally give him a pile of objects large and small and short hours later they will be displayed in a manner you would never have expected and to great effect.

My decision to work with Hubert on the factory came from an initial sketch he did for the lobby to display my Elephant head. He placed this on a black steel riveted stand and left it in isolation in the hallway, it excited me very much. It was a clean modern look and one I felt totally appropriate for the factory, from this clean space lobby you would enter a world of objects, colour and interest. What Hubert has created for Westley Richards is very special indeed and I remain totally indebted for his work, advise and the friendship that has resulted from our meeting all those years ago.

The result of this collaboration has received a huge amount praise, the ambiance and interest that the factory generates has been fantastic and I hope that as many of you as possible will be able, at one point in your travels, be able to visit in person. We look forward to welcoming you.

This series of photographs covers the entrance lobby, showroom and after the image of antlers on the back staircase 'my space' at the top of the building where I now have my office and photo studio. We did not shoot in the gun making area, another set of photographs I commissioned and taken by Brett covers this and I will be posting a selection from that shoot later on this month.

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  • Neil McVeigh on September 21, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Amazing photographs and thank you for sharing.Are the ladies frightened by the warthog in the toilet?

  • Larry on September 21, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Nice photos, looking forward to the visit myself!

  • Vance Daigle on September 21, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Good Day Simon,

    Great Photo's Sir!!!
    On my visit to the factory I felt like a child going to disney, everywhere I look there was a great item to see...over-whelming excitment!!! These pictures only makes me want to visit again perhaps next year. For those who have never been to the factory I cannot recommend strongly enough to get there. Again many thanks for the pictures and the great memory of a visit....Priceless!!!!!

    In Christ

  • David Hodo on September 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Reminds me of a somewhat eccentric fine home. Agree with Vance, interesting "things" everywhere. Four more weeks and I'll see for myself!

  • Peter on September 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Good evening Simon,

    Fantastic pictures of a fantastic experience.
    For those yet to visit, be sure to have a look at the gorilla picture, a personal favourite of mine!

    Best regards

  • Matthew Schmidt on September 27, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Superb photos of a great factory, It must be very enjoyable arriving at work each day for you and your staff. Thanks for posting.

    Matt Schmidt.

  • Neill on October 11, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Very nice indeed, great design and photo's and some seriously good taste.

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