A CHOCOLATE BAR WITH A TALE TO TELL

Chantal Coady, who started Rococo Chocolates in 1983, has designed new Artisan Bar wrappers to commemorate Rococo Chocolates’ 4th decade.  There are 16 different flavours and 16 different designs.

 “I was inspired by a casual glance onto our celebrated tiled Marococo garden in the Motcomb St store”. They just called out to me: “Here is the answer to the kaleidoscope of flavours in the Artisan

Bars, all looking the same in the Rococo blue and white wrappers!” explains Chantal.  “The garden has many of the plants which are used as flavours in the bars: rose, jasmine, geranium, mint and lavender. The tiles come from Michael Davenport at Dar Interiors, I just love the designs, which are traditional and modern at the same time.”

These bars are still made with Chantal’s own special recipe, however Rococo now use more of their own organic beans from their Grococo plantation in Grenada in order to create an intense, fruity and authentic backdrop – the perfect foil for the different flavour notes in each bar. Chantal continues: “These smells and tastes evoke childhood memories of the brilliant blue skies in my birthplace Teheran, and windy walks on Cornish beaches. To name a few you can try: Basil & Persian Lime, Sea Salt, Cardamom, Orange & Geranium,Chilli, as well as classics like Mint and Ginger”.

Each flavour has been individually matched with a tile just as each bar has its own personality which speaks to the taster, creating a unique chocolate experience. “I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I have enjoyed my immersion in the wonderful world of chocolate for the past four decades!” she finishes.

 The Artisan bars come at present in 16 flavours and retail at £4.25

 www.rococochocolates.com

MEISSEN Establishes MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

MEISSEN® increases its cooperation with young as well as established international artists.

MEISSEN announced the establishment of the MEISSEN ART CAMPUS. The goal of this new institution is to foster the cooperation with artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this way, Europe’s oldest porcelain manufactory wants to spark new creativity and further strengthen its leading position in the field of fine art in porcelain. 

MEISSEN®’s CEO Christian Kurtzke explains his strategy: ‘We are going back to the ideas of Max Adolf Pfeiffer, MEISSEN’s general director at the beginning of the century, who in the 1920s cooperated with external artists and thus took MEISSEN to new heights of artistic achievement. What is important to me is that every artist really engages with our special material and with where we are, because every piece of MEISSEN® porcelain also contains a piece of the region.’

In order to facilitate this, Meissen makes studios, work materials, and competent craftsmen available to the visiting artists, so that they can realise their ideas. The length of stay can vary from a few days to up to a year. Artists are housed in hotels in the region.

MEISSEN® cooperates both with established renowned artists such as the German luminaries Karl O. Goetz and Otto Piene as well as with emerging young artists who have already attracted international attention with their work.

Last month, the Iranian painters Rokni und Ramin Haerizadeh were guests at MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

 to create new works on Meissen® porcelain. According to the art historian Karin Adrian von Roques, a specialist for contemporary Islamic art, and Edgar Quadt, publisher of the magazine Artinvestor, the works of these upcoming artists have already attracted a great deal of attention at exhibitions in the Middle East as well as the US and France.

‘My long-term vision is to develop MEISSEN® into a kind of “Mecca of contemporary art.” Many artists lobe the peace and calm as well as the beauty of our Elbe region, and they are deeply impressed and inspired by the craftsmanship and artistry of the 800 people working at the manufactory. The creative engagement between in-house and external artists will ensure freshness, provide new stimuli and an artistic revitalisation at MEISSEN®,’ says Christian Kurtzke about his goals.

Furthermore, close cooperation with leading international art schools is planned. MEISSEN® looks forward with great interest to receiving applications from interested art academies as well as directly from artists.

Some of the artist’s works on MEISSEN® porcelain.

Information and applications for interested artists  from: Daniela Lippert, MEISSEN ART CAMPUS

Telephone: +49 (0) 3521 468-290 / Fax: +49 (0) 3521 468-805 E-Mail: [email protected]

Delightfully Delicate

 

Herend has launched a new service, Pivoine, which features the flower of spring the Peony so popular in Chinese decorations, traditional Chinese thought considers the Chinese Peony the symbol of prosperity, plenty, respect and dignity. It is the un-official botanical symbol of China, a symbol of spring worldwide. And a motif which Herend has used before to great acclaim.

On this new service the peony has the company of a playful butterfly, and both the peony and the butterfly are mostly placed at an angle rather than centrally giving it a light and playful air. The colours are light and pastel and the shading in the painting illustrated the craftsmanship mastered by the Herend painters.  All Herend porcelain is hand painted.

There are pieces for dinner, tea and coffee services. Price example: £154.40 for a side plate.

www.herend.com

020 7384 9722

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