JMitchell x La Bottega Milanese – Short Sighted

A matter of Design..

Design and lifestyle is a matter high on La Bottega Milanese’s agenda, a mainframe on which  to deliver urban cafe culture the Milanese way – but mostly our coffee & gospel La Classica.

When it came to looking at options to replace our stools, we wanted to pick fresh & local. This is nothing new, we started doing this back in 2009, thirsty to share & pitch in the exciting independent spirit synonymous with Leeds – any excuse for a collaboration and a coffee.

Any excuse for a collaboration and a coffee..

Shortsighted logo

Shortsighted – The Collab

Staying true to our mantra ‘If it’s not from Italy, then it’s from Yorkshire’ we decided to go local, if we could find a bright young talent to help along with support and exposure – even better.

Step forward John Mitchell..

John in his laboratory with Shortsighted x La Bottega MIlanese stools.

John in his laboratory with Shortsighted x La Bottega MIlanese stools.

The brief was simple, sharp design, understated and elegant capable of working along the calming vibe of the The Light store space.

A matter of design

A matter of design

Just as we did with First Light Leeds and Liam for the refit and the bench design for the store, we wanted to be closely involved in the design and progress with John as well – and thoroughly enjoyed the process.


Drawing board and coffee

And here are the results of a lot of hard work on John’s part, a piece we absolutely love which encapsulate all aspects discussed in the brief.

If you want to come and see for your self, the stools are at The Light store in Leeds on The Headrow. If you want quality design led furniture and break the Ikea mould, beat a patch to John’s website where you can buy or commission your pieces.

We are proud to have worked with John so early on in what we believe will be a stellar career, even prouder to have helped along a young local talent in this ever growing corporate world.

John at work

John at work

A designer maker and proud Yorkshire man based in Leeds Jon Mitchell is using his experience of bespoke furniture making and knowledge of the industry to shake things up and bring his own take on how furniture should be designed and made. 

The Jam Jar is the makers mark of Jon Mitchell Furniture and placed into every piece it symbolises the inspiration, passion and dedication that has gone into every piece of furniture, it allows the whole creative process to be stored within the piece. If it doesn’t have a Jam Jar it isn’t Jon Mitchell Furniture

Shortsighted in the lab

Shortsighted in the lab

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