Designing for Europe’s Homes
From small beginnings Gisela Graham has built up one of Europe’s leading giftware design companies. Having made her name crafting beautiful decorations for Christmas and Easter, she turned her creative flair to designing useful, pretty things for the home and garden. Gisela is in personal charge of a talented in-house team of designers at the converted stable-yard that serves as her London office. She’s involved in the design and selection of every one of the 4500 products in her range. The company’s products are sold in about 5000 shops. In the UK its customers include virtually all the retailers of note here, but its trademark silver label can be found in good shops all around the world, especially in Germany. About a fifth of its sales are made overseas, as far away as Australia.
Meet Gisela Graham
Born in Germany and educated at Goettingen and Berlin Universities. While her father wanted her to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer, her ambition from earliest years was to own a shop. She’s always been interested in crafts and design. As a schoolgirl she once earned detention for skipping homework to help her mother make straw stars for the family Christmas tree. Gisela founded her business 30 years ago with a borrowed £27, starting her business at the kitchen table when her children were small. She recalls ferrying components and paint to outworkers around London, in a 2CV with a child in the back. Terence Conran was among her first customers.
NEW – Gisela Graham’s Spring Lookbook 2016
From Concept to Creation
Click on the video below to find out more about our how we help to put the magic into Christmas.
Easter with Gisela Graham
Click on the video below to see how we put the ‘spring’ into Easter and come along for a Gisela Graham Easter egg hunt.
In July 2016, Gisela Graham received the UK’s Giftware Association’s Award for The Best Dressed Stand at the Harrogate Home and Gift Fair 2016.
In May 2015 Gisela Graham received the Bronze Award for ‘Best Service to the Independent Retailer’ at the GREATS Awards 2015.
In May 2013 Gisela Graham received the UK’s Giftware Association’s ‘Honorary Achievement Award’. The citation states that is “a very special award to an individual who has contributed greatly to the UK gift industry.”