The Notting Hill Collection
To mark the opening of Cubitts Notting Hill at 312 Portobello Road, the Cubitts design team have created a collection of four distinctive made-to-measure frames, available exclusively at our newest store.
The Notting Hill Collection is inspired by the streets and buildings surrounding us at 312 Portobello Road, from the Trellick Tower to the Portuguese bakeries.
Like much of our Notting Hill store, the Golborne is inspired by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger. The prominent Modernist wore frames with panto lenses, a keyhole bridge and dropped lugs, and so we’ve recreated this classic, slimline style in his honour.
The Westbourne is named after the nearby Westbourne Park Road, which boasts the finest views of Goldfinger’s iconic (if divisive) brutalist block, Trellick Tower.
Its tall silhouette echoes the tower’s height, while its triple bridge and straight, symmetrical lines are inspired by the bridges that cross the building. The boxy detailing on the lugs, which continue on to the temple sides, nod to the ‘nubbin’ that contains Trellick Tower’s penthouse apartment.
The area surrounding Portobello Road is lucky enough to call itself home to many of London’s Portuguese community, and even luckier to have within it some of the finest Portuguese bakeries the city can offer, too. It seems only fitting, then, that the buttery, flaky pastry of the pastel de nata served as inspiration for the uneven silhouette of the Portobello frame.
Notting Hill was once famous for its potters, and was even known as ‘the potteries’ at one time. In the 19th century a bottle kiln stood on Walmer Road, inspiring the Walmer’s smooth, sinewy lines, designed to look like the undulating neck of a bottle.