From fashion designers to painters, to furniture makers and beyond, over 70 creative individuals use the building every week to harness their creative abilities.
At Happy Retro we love colour and we love retro. There is nothing more satisfying than saving a sad piece of furniture and transforming it into a unique, colourful piece that will brighten up your interior.
Based in Edinburgh, we source mostly mid-century furniture, as it satisfies our love of minimal design and curves. We then get to work by handpainting unique, contemporary designs onto the furniture, creating bright happy pieces we hope you will love.
Helen Miles trained with mastercraftsmen in Greece who taught using traditional methods with a focus on Byzantine iconography. She later became interested in Roman mosaics and now makes contemporary pieces inspired by ancient designs.
Born in Glasgow in 1963, Helen studied English at Oxford University before moving to America and the Middle East to work as a journalist. It was in 2003 while living in Thessaloniki in Greece, a UNESCO city famous for its concentration of Byzantine churches, that she began to study mosaics in the Byzantine tradition. This led to an interest in Roman mosaics and her passion for them went on to become a full time profession.
Helen Miles is based in Edinburgh and specializes in using Greek stone and marble as well as Winkleman unglazed porcelain. Her aim is to preserve the simplicity and directness of early mosaics while producing works which suit the way we live now.