Three in One Herb Holder from Menu

MENU introduces Black Contour Herbal Trio. The Herbal Holder holds three herbal pots – standard size from most grocery stores – and can also be used for planting small bouquets from the garden. When using for paisley and chives the Herbal Holder has an extra supporting wire that can be easily attached.

“I found the inspiration in my own kitchen, where I missed having a holder for herbs that matches my kitchen and interior design and is fully functional for all the herbs I love to use in my cooking,” says Pernille Vea.

Black Contour is made of porcelain of the highest quality, fired at 1320 degrees Celsius, ensuring strength, durability, and an easy to clean surface.

The Herb Trio retails at £19.95

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Burges Salmon in Bristol Chooses Carl Hansen

Burges Salmon, the biggest regional law office in UK has chosen Carl Hansen furniture for their client facing areas. 

Furniture  including The Wing chair and Wishbone chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner in black and striped Paul Smith fabric as well as tables to the value £100.000  were supplied by Spacecraft  to make the area comfortable and inviting for clients.

Icons of Denmark who are brand agents for Carl Hansen in the UK can be contacted  on www.iconsofdenmark.dk

Louis Poulsen Launches AJ 50 Wall – a design icon featuring a new lighting technology.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the AJ family, Louis Poulsen has developed an outdoor wall lamp that stays true to the design and lighting idea of Arne Jacobsen. On top of that, it is fitted with LED.

 For 50 years, Louis Poulsen has been marketing the AJ lamp, one of the design icons of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Its silhouette is instantly recognisable worldwide.

 The AJ family is characterised by simple geometry delivered in a compact design, where the shape relates directly to the light distribution. You can simply see how the light will distribute based on the design.

 As part of the anniversary year, Louis Poulsen has now developed an outdoor lamp based on the original  and providing the same lighting qualities as the rest of the AJ family, but this time using the highly topical and long-lasting LED light source. LED light sources light up immediately to full brightness, whereas most energy-saving light sources take a while to warm up. Besides, the LED light source is also ideal in areas with temperatures below freezing point as opposed to energy saving light sources where the light output drops at lower temperatures.   

 LED is widely considered to be the future of lighting. The light source offers excellent lighting, is relatively energy-friendly and not least long-lasting. 

 The AJ 50 Wall is fitted with 8W LED 3000 K.

 The AJ 50 Wall is made from flow-formed aluminium.

The design of the AJ 50 Wall will add an extra design element to contemporary architecture. Not only will the aesthetic design perfectly complement the architectural design, light distribution will also leave a functional and decorative effect on the building and adjacent areas.

 The surface is slightly textured, thus enabling it better to withstand challenging weather conditions and maintain its appearance. The wall lamp is powder coated and available in the colours grey, white or black. The white-painted inner shade reflects and diffuses comfortable lighting. The AJ 50 Wall creates glare-free and widespread downlight, providing decorative light on the wall.

 The AJ 50 Wall retails at £575.00.

     www.louispoulsen.com

Rococo’s ‘Prof de Choc’ wins The Noal LBV Trophy 2010


Rococo’s ‘Prof de Choc’ Laurent Couchaux was the unanimous winner of the Noval LBV Trophy 2010, with his elegant oblong of mixed red berry pate de fruit above a raspberry dark chocolate ganache, coated in dark chocolate decorated with a rainbow of stripes.  In the words of one judge

the supple red fruit highlighted the port’s intensity, with the chocolate providing a soothing richness – just like the Noval LBV.

Quinta do Noval, the well known port Producers  and supporters of the Academy of Chocolate, has been running a competition amongst Britain’s best chocolatiers, to find the best matches for two of their iconic wines –Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage and 10 Year Old Tawny.

Entries came from far and wide, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Channel Isles in the south, and as distant as Oregon on the USA’s  west coast.  Seven finalists were chosen to submit their chocolate creations for the tasting – not only by the official panel of judges, but also the 80 delegates of the first-ever Academy of Chocolate Conference held at the RAC Pall Mall last Friday.

Both Laurent and Claire Gallagher, the winner of the Noval Tawny Trophy win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Quinta do Noval’s scenic estate perched high above the River Douro in northern Portugal.  And a ‘trophy prize’ of a rare bottle of Noval  Vintage Port to treasure.

Laurent Couchaux said.

I am very happy to be working in chocolate and at Rococo there are plenty of opportunities to be creative.  London is a very challenging city, where chocolate making has become highly competitive in the last three years.  So winning a Trophy like this is not only a great surprise, but also gives me great satisfaction to be able to prove myself. 

Laurent, like Claire, is well travelled.  After training as a pastry chef in his native Paris, he moved to the Savoy in London, then on to jobs in South America, Singapore, Oman and Muscat, before settling in England eight years ago.  Now he will get the chance to visit the Douro  –  ‘I’ve never seen Portugal, so I am really looking forward to the trip next spring’, he concludes.

Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, Chairman of the Academy of Chocolate,  organisers of last week’s global Conference, comments: 

The fine art of chocolate making is now well established on the world stage. It is good to see that both the Noval Trophy winners have international experience – which they obviously put to good use when creating their outstanding entries.

www.rococochocolates.com

Blue Wishbone Chairs Blossom at Kew Gardens

 

Icons of Denmark have supplied through Coexistence   55 Blue wishbone chairs to  Kew Gardens restaurant.  
 
The iconic chairs look fabulous in the high ceilinged room and blend in wonderfully with the landscape outside.
 
The installation has recently been finished and is being enjoyed by the many visitors to Kew Gardens.
 
2010 sees the 40 anniversary of the Wishbone chair designed by Hans J. Wegner, it has become a modern classic and this new colour range is a fitting salute to a great designer and a wonderful chair.
 
Icons of Denmark who are brand agents for Carl Hansen in the UK can be contacted  on www.iconsofdenmark.dk

Tea Drinking is a Favourite Pass-time yet again.

 

Drinking tea is fast becoming the Nation’s favourite pass-time again. But no longer the strong “builders” tea served in a in a chipped mug.  Now there are so many varieties of flavourful teas that require something more delicate to drink it from.

Herend has long been making exquisite tea services in a variety of patterns, shapes and sizes. In fact Herend has over 300 different shapes of teapots and cups to choose from, not to mention the well over 1000 patterns. There is one for every taste and decor, be it traditional, classic or contemporary. All you have to do is chose your favourite one.

All Herend Porcelain is hand painted by skilled craftsmen.

www.herend.com

020 7384 9722

Monochrome, Young and Stylish

MEISSEN® Launches the Young ‘Black & White Style Collection’

 The famous porcelain manufactory has hand-picked service shapes and figurines from its extensive archive containing more than 800 000 forms from four centuries that are attractive to a younger target group – both in terms of aesthetics and price. These white/black products fit into contemporary homes and give a modern feel to classic pieces.

 Included in the range is this Black and White service from Meissen just right for a younger market both in term of design and price.

It is very elegant and will fit in to your decor whether it is hyper modern, classic or more traditional.  And it is timeless and will last you for generations.  

 Christian Kurtzke, Meissen’s CEO, explains. ‘Our goal is not to lead in terms of design, but in terms of style, that is to say, to go beyond good design to good and lasting value.

 www.meissen.com

 Note to Editors:

 MEISSEN®, one of the internationally leading German luxury brands, reflects the art of luxury – ever since the establishment of the MEISSEN Manufactory in 1710.

MEISSEN’s luxury products are defined by their special material, their traditional craftsmanship, and an unusual aesthetics characterized by individuality, sensuality, and high value. MEISSEN today has over 800 employees and is represented in 30 countries around the globe with 300 specialised retail outlets as well as its own shops.

 

 

MEISSEN® presents its Fine Art Exclusive Collection for Collectors and Investors

A programme of outstanding pieces of MEISSEN craftsmanship

 

With its MEISSEN Fine Art Exclusive collection, the MEISSEN porcelain manufactory reacts to the increasing demand from international collectors and investors seeking alternative forms of investments in times of the financial crisis. The 2010/2011 collection comprises 200 select objects characterized by outstanding artistry and thus lasting value.

The programme contains a wide range of styles, themes, and products from Meissen’s production in four centuries. These art objects are produced as strictly limited editions each year, and each object is numbered. As proof of their exclusive origin, they are marked by the ‘crossed swords’ in cobalt blue as well as the special sign of the MEISSEN exclusive collection. Some pieces are limited to one per year, the highest limit is 50.

Only a select circle of connoisseurs, collectors, and investors will have access to the very top class of MEISSEN craftsmanship, because even the splendid illustrated book in which the art works are presented is limited and numbered, and moreover cannot be purchased. Every copy is personally presented upon recommendation. 

However, in the run-up to an exhibition series in 2011, there will be a preview from October to December 2010 in Meissen, offering a glimpse of the new MEISSEN Fine Art Exclusive Collection.

www.meissen.com

Rococo Chocolates Ganache Collection

 

Rococo’s ‘prof du choc’  Laurent Couchaux has created a range of 37 ganaches and pralines in the kitchen of their flagship store in Motcomb Street using fresh cream, butter and fine chocolate couvertures. This includes organic chocolate from the Grenada Chocolate Company made from Trinitario beans grown at Rococo’s own Grococo farm.

Rococo likes to use fresh ingredients so their are seasonal ranges which are only available for two months.

The menu above, designed by Chantal Coady shows the delicious range and these are the flavours:

1 D Sour Cherry

2 M ‘P’tit punch’ – Lime & Grenada Rum

3 D Toasted Coconut

4 D Almond, Coffee & Cardamom Marzipan

5 D Madagascar House Truffle

6 D Rose & Cocoa Nib

7 D Grenadian & Islay Single Malt Ganache

8 D Crunchy Hazelnut Praline

9 M Orange Mango & Passion Fruit

10 D Pistachio, Hazelnut & Almond Praline

11 M Popping Champagne Truffle

12 D ‘Plan Bee’ – London Honey Ganache

13 D Raspberry Madagascar

14 D Grenada Dark Ganache

15 M Plain Milk Chocolate Ganache

16 M Lime & Sesame

17 D Rose, Lychee & Raspberry

18 D Jasmine Green Tea

19 D Blackcurrant & Violet

20 M Crushed Lemon Praline

21 M Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganache.

Sping

22 D Yuzu, Lemon & Ginger

23 D Arbequina Olive Ganache

24 M ‘Mara des Bois’ Wild Strawberry Caramel

Summer

25 M Lemon, Basil & Olive Oil

26 M Apricot & Almond

27 D Ceylon Earl Grey Tea

28 M MaRococo: Pistachio, Saffron & Cardamom

Autumn

29 D Hazelnut Coffee Praline

30 M Walnut and Pear

31 M Fig & Walnut Praline

32 D Apple Tarte Tatin:

Winter

33 M Christmas Gianduja, Lemon & Pecan

34 M Caramelised Pumpkin & Lebküchen Spice

35 D Quince & Honey

36 M Lychee, Chestnut & Rum

37 D Perigord Black Truffe au Truffe!

www,rococochocolates.com

tel. 020 7245 0993

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