Modern design shop opens in Bailgate

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The historic quarter of Lincoln has a touch of modernist design with the opening of a new shop in the Bailgate.

Object & Line by locals Barry and Jill Hepton started out life in 2010 as an online store, selling international designs coming out of the Bauhaus in the 20th Century.

The shop sells a range of items, from wall stickers to clocks, toys, trays, kitchen utensils and more.

Vogue has even listed the store as one of its 100 Best Places to Buy Online 2012, due to the interesting sources of design.

However, the pair noticed a unit on Bailgate was free, so they decided to expand with a physical store location in April.

Barry said: “It’s been a delight to meet customers to our shop. Many are local people but we also see a lot of tourists from the UK and abroad.

“They’ve often been pleased to find a shop that focuses on design. There are a lot of parents and grandparents who want to buy mobiles, wall stickers and toys, but there’s also a large number of people looking for unusual ways of decorating their houses.”

He added: “We live just round the corner from Bailgate so know the area well. We’ve watched and talked for a long time about the exact location and have been lucky to get exactly the right size shop, the place and character we want.

“Bailgate is a delightful historic area, full of independent and independently minded retailers like us. It has a community of its own – local people who are fiercely proud of the place and welcoming of the large number of tourists we get each year.”

Before opening the business, Jill trained to get a textile/fine art degree from Goldsmiths College, and post-graduate degree as an art teacher.

Barry trained as a teacher and graphic designer, working as a woodwork teacher, designer, lecturer and museum curator. He also has a Masters degree in Management.

The shop at 9 Bailgate is open 10am-5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 11am-4.00pm on Sundays.

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