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How it Began

The Surface View collection began at the wonderful Sanders of Oxford,
searching through their vintage etchings and prints.

 

It all began with stamp collecting. As a boy, every Saturday morning after my paper round I’d hop on my bike and whizz round to the Numisery Stamp and Coin Shop, a tiny half basement shop in Reading. It’s long gone now, but back then the place was like a treasure trove of stuff, and I loved hunting for stamps in there. Each one had a story, and I was constantly on the lookout for stamps with errors, like the 1965 Post Office Tower Set with the tower missing; this became the Holy Grail for me. Of course, the world has changed since then and, if I could afford it, I could Google ‘Post Office Error Stamp’, pull out my credit card and have it delivered the next day. The world of Google has sucked away the excitement of discovery.

Surface View is all about that magic of searching and finding, and for me, hunting down new and unusual image collections is a thrill on a par with those Saturday mornings of my youth. The Surface View collection began at the wonderful Sanders of Oxford where I spent many hours searching through their vintage etchings and prints. It dawned on me that I could collect images like I used to collect stamps, and use our state-of-the-art print technology to create unique interior products based on these wonderful pictures. I really do think there’s something special about creating a bespoke Surface View for your home, and I hope you’re as thrilled as we are by our fascinating images and the amazing things you can do with them. Happy hunting.

Michael Ayerst

How it began