• Waterford Crystal

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    Riley is partial to drinking his water from Waterford Crystal too…

    Being Irish and having a particular love for handcrafted objects with more than a hint of heritage, I have a very soft spot for Waterford crystal. Founded in 1783, it’s a perfect fit. I love using crystal and don’t  believe in saving it up for special occasions. I personally  love using the most spectacular cut crystal goblets for my everyday water. It’s all about transforming the mundane…and light. Reflecting, chaneling and conducting light and that is what cut crystal does so wonderfully. I believe it’s worth investing in and love the idea of my glassware being used generation after generation. My Household heirlooms if you like.

    I was saddened when the original Waterford crystal factory shut recently but feel privileged to have seen first hand the original factory when I worked on a project there last year. From the hand drawn felt tip pen markings on the glass to the wonderfully detailed sketches for each piece it was truly remarkable to see how much went into each object. I had the ultimate joy in creating my fantasy dining table setting entirely from Waterford crystal and Wedgwood china (another favourite). I pulled everything I could from the archives and showroom floor…From majestic trophies and gigantic punchbowls to tiny delicate glass slippers and dainty perfume bottles. A very upmarket supermarket sweep. The good news is that Waterford Crystal will reopen in June and to that I will raise my most exquisite cut glass!

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    The original machines

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    Love the religious sea shell shrine  overlooking the factory floor

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    The hand drawn illustrations are so pretty ……

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    As are the computerized ones

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    Felt tips markings to show where the crystal gets cut. What a great still life

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    crystal stetson anyone?

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    A glass slipper. Cinderella moment

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    This was the recycling bin. The kind of recycling bin I like…

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    We fashioned the most beautiful table runner from crystal trays all placed together

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    The start of the Crystal sweep!

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    crystal on crystal….It gets addictive.

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    Nearly finished

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    And dinner in the reflection of the most wonderful chandelier. Nice.

  • Edible Architecture

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    I absolutely adore fancy moulds. I found this gorgeous cake mould last week which I discovered is modelled after Notre Dame Cathedral. Love the idea of eating some fine Gothic architecture for afternoon tea.

    Luckily for all of us in the studio my assistant Makeda is a spectacular cake baker, I am a spectacular cake fancier…we have a pretty blissful working relationship.

    Armed with fancy Cathedral Bundt Pan and her delicious banana bread recipe Makeda got to work and in no time we were all eating Flying Buttresses with our tea. Delightful!

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  • Loving Lace

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    I absolutely adore lace. It has such a romantic and ethereal quality, yet used in certain ways can be quite bold and provocative. I love to use lace in my event design. In dark colours it adds a moodiness and depth, in pale colours it adds a soft frailty. I have been designing and producing bespoke lace panels pretty much since I started doing events…from Middle Eastern Royal weddings to Christian Louboutin’s shop windows; Lace just works on so many levels. What is so especially wonderful is that it can be personalized with monograms, initials, logos, artworks.

    I recently visited the factory in Scotland that creates these beautiful pieces for me, it is the last factory in the world that produces Nottingham and Madras lace. It was so wonderful to see a factory that has been running since Victorian times still in action (with working original machinery!) It is incredible to see something as intricate as a piece of lace being made; so much work and detail goes into each piece. Much as I appreciated lace for it’s beauty I now appreciate how much intensity of labour goes into it’s making.

    All the more reason to make and to treasure.

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    Thousands of beautiful wooden bobbins.

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    How beautiful are the machines?

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    Christian Louboutin‘s lace panels. Branded Lace

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    Dita Von Teese’s Lace panel. Monogram Lace

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    Kova & T Logo lace

  • Shedloads of Style: Harvey Nichols Press Day AW10

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    And onto the Harvey Nichols Autumn/Winter 10 press day. We used Sheds. Simple garden sheds painted black and fluoro and accessorized with our favourite Cage lights from the fabulous Stanley at the Historic Lighting Company.

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    The lovely Sarah Jane having some shed time.

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    The Beauty Shed, everyone needs one.

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    The Lingerie Shed. Okay we could use one of these too…..

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    Shipping Pallets for the Jewellery displays.

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    And feeding our desire for all things sweet and utterly delicious: Cake Pops. We needed some cupcake relief .

    We really did.  Dare we say we it?  We ……. are……over……cupcakes.

    In the meantime, we found these, we like eating leopardskin and they taste gorgeous . Thanks Clare! www.popbakery.co.uk

  • Harvey Nichols Hub

    Last week, to celebrate the newly revamped Harvey Nichols 4th Floor, we designed a travelling pop-up shop.

    A travelling pair of shipping containers to be more precise. Popping up in Hanover Square, The Southbank, Westbourne Grove and Spitalfields over four days.
    On day one in Hanover Square the sun shone brilliantly , thousands of mirrored balloons shimmered in the sunlight , Sam Ronson DJ’d and Bistrotheque had their own hub from which they served delicious picnic fare. It felt like a mini festival heralding the beginning of Summer.

    Inside the hub to showcase Harvey Nichols 4th floor merchandise we had a bespoke Harvey Nichols Vending machine , A Sneaker wall, A lucky crane and a plethora of other visual delights.

    It was such fun to do. We miss the Harvey Nichols Hub and we want to go travelling around the world in it like a Modern Gypsy retail tribe…

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    Will Broome’s illustrations were emblazoned on the outside of the hub. We love his work.

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    A Giant Tyrannosaurus perched on the Hub……. Why not?

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    We kind of love putting everything under a belljar right now

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    The Infamous Harvey Nichols Vending Machine. Vending Machines are our new obsession.

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    The Lucky crane with a sparkly Marcus Lupfer Bear as the main bait

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    We got more than a little excited by the photobooth. This is 1 in a series of 50

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