• Elle Style Awards – Paper Cuts

    ELLE---thing-called-love

    Paper artistry has been something we have been interested in for some time. There is something so intriguing about a material that can be so fragile but still so utilitarian. We have wanted to incorporate recycled paper into an event for ages, but it had to be the right event. When we were approached to design the Elle Style Awards we immediately thought of the physicality of the magazine itself…lot’s of beautiful images on paper. What could be more delightful than using the pages of ELLE to create new beautiful forms. A very fashionable excercise in upcycling.

    By using the actual physical magazine covers, shoots and articles we knew we had the means to add an authentic element of glamour and fashion. Bringing it back to the pages and the magazine but in a refreshing playful way. We decided to use the magazine in every aspect of the design from making delicate peacocks, moths and beetles as table adornments to a chandelier from thousands of covers to crazy montages that decorated the bars (and every conceivable surface). Paper dreams indeed.
    ELLE-prep


    ELLE-peacock-balloon


    Elle---Mag-Bar

    Montage Galore


    Elle-Paper-Chandelier


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    A “ChandELLEier”


    ELLE---Bar-Scene


    ELLE-Paper-flowers

    Pretty moth garlands.


    ELLE--stag-bell


    Elle---Peacockhorizon

    Peacocks and Butterflies on the dining table horizon.

  • Lot’s to Love…in London

    We started the new year with one of our favourite weddings ever. Held in a charming St James Street townhouse, it was a beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple, Kate and Julian. It gave us the chance to explore some of our new obsessions and some old favorites…

    We LOVE Magnifying Glasses.

    We LOVE Magnifying Glasses, they accent the smallest details in the most wonderful way

    New Obsession- Butterflies, Bell Jars and Trophies.

    Butterflies, Bell Jars and Trophies.

    Circus Lights

    Circus Lights

    The bride and grooms Initials

    The bride and grooms initials in Circus Lights

    I'm obsessed with balloons. Can you tell?

    Still loving balloons.... still loving neon... Can you tell?

  • The decadence is in the detail

    When I was asked to do a dinner for Rodarte at Harvey Nichols I was thrilled. I love producing events for Harvey Nichols as they allow so much creative freedom that it really is a pleasure. I am also a huge fan of Rodarte and love their fragile couture-like clothes. I recently succumbed to buying their leather cut out leggings which I had whittled out of the Harvey Nichols window as soon as I could.

    For this dinner, to create a decor which needed to be suitably fabulous but in keeping with the constraints of our current economic times, I incorporated junk shop finds and remnants and embraced the challenge of redefining them to suggest a visual decadence. Guests should walk into a room and still be blown away visually without wondering about the cost. Sometimes mundane elements such an old chair or a piece of wood can be re-presented in a more thoughtful way.
    So with this in mind, the Harvey Nichols/Rodarte dinner became an exercise in restraint with some very chic recycling.

    I have a passion for chairs and will do pretty much anything to avoid a standard banqueting chair. Visually if you have a dinner party on a long stretch of table, you are faced with a line of chairs which in itself is such an important aspect of the design. My team trawled junk shops for old chairs which we then repainted and re-upholstered in my studio. I love the eclectic shapes of the chairs but also the uniformity once they all have a slick of white paint. The chairs had a renewed vigor and were requested by many of the guests as a gift to take home!

    For placement I always avoid the obvious white card, so we used old bits of scrap wood, painted them white and carved out all the guests names, reminiscent of scratched school desks. Simple, effective and totally inexpensive. The guests loved these personal touches and nearly all placements were taken home. The napkin rings were made from skinny strips of patent leather remnants. For the evenings final act of glamourous recycling we took the beautiful English sweetpeas from the table, wrapped them in paper, put them on trays and guests on departing got to enjoy the flowers at home.

    OLD CHAIR

    A fabulous junk shop find.

    LEXI s

    Scratching out the guests names in wet paint…. fun!

    WHITE CHAIR s

    My favorite chair now resplendent in white.

    TABLE LAMP LEG s

    A line of eclectic chair backs.

    JESSICA BRINTON s

    Our hand crafted placement.

    FULL TABLE s

    The table setting complete with hundreds of vintage glass science funnels and filled with masses of beautiful British sweetpeas.

    KATE BOSWORTH s

    The gorgeous Kate Bosworth, hostess for the evening.

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