SO MUCH MORE FUN THAN BUNTING!

 To celebrate The Olympics in London 2012 Holly&Lil have expanded their Fly the flag range to feature more collars from around the World.

A unique occasion demands a unique dog collar for your unique dog!

All are handmade to order in London – so plan ahead and order soon, as they can  take 4-6 weeks to create.

Some of these collars are the finest in our design and creation – works of art that a dog can wear everyday!

See http://www.hollyandlil.co.uk/fly-the-flag-collectionbr-76-c.asp

or in our shop in London – 103 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XB

Prices from £83

 

High Resolution Images available from our Press Site – please contact Elaine Jones on 07811 715452. 

You can also e-mail us at [email protected]

www.hollyandlil.co.uk

DAY Home Pops up in Liberty

 

 

Icons of Denmark is pleased to announce that a pop up DAY Home shop will open on April 13th to August 10th at Liberty in the central atrium on the 4th floor  .

 

A great selection from the Spring Summer 2012 collection will be on sale as will the DAY Home furniture. The DAY Home Collection is designed by Marianne Brandi. The SS collection is DESERTED SHADES  and Marianne’s inspiration came from a quaint village house on the brink of the Nile.

 

Marianne Brandi is the creative spirit and head of design behind the interior and lifestyle collection DAY Home. Having worked with interior design all her professional life, Brandi joined the DAY family in 1997, where she was initially responsible for all visual communication and interior decoration of DAY¹s showrooms, trade fair stands and shops across Europe. In 2005 she took a creative leap and launched the DAY Home collection, characterized by inviting, natural and Scandinavian designs with a hint of international bohemia.

 

http://www.iconsofdenmark.dk/day.html

  

www.iconsofdenmark.dk

 

 

 

The Prince of Wales toured Copenhagen furniture workshop

Danish furniture-maker receives Royal visit

– The Prince of Wales toured  Copenhagen furniture workshop

Today, Rud. Rasmussen’s furniture workshop in Copenhagen hosted a distinguished guest when His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the factory to take a closer look at Danish design icons within handcrafted furniture.

 

The Prince of Wales is demonstrated the making of The Faaborg Chair together with Foreman of The Hand Joinery (left) and Malene la Cour Rasmussen, Sales Director at Rud. Rasmussen (right)

In connection with an official Diamond Jubilee visit to Denmark by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales visited Rud. Rasmussen’s furniture workshop in Copenhagen today.  Rud. Rasmussen has a rich joinery tradition and is well-known for producing beautiful Danish furniture by Kaare Klint and Mogens Koch. The company has had their headquarters in the heart of Copenhagen, for more than 140 years.

 The Prince of Wales expressed a personal desire to visit Rud. Rasmussen as he has a special affection for the traditional crafts. ”“The Prince of Wales is known for his genuine interest in and commitment to design and architecture, and it is therefore a complement to Rud. Rasmussen’s contribution and hard work that our joinery methods and traditions have caught the eye of His Royal Highness. The visit testifies to the international appeal of Rud. Rasmussen,” says Knud Erik Hansen, who is CEO and 3rd-generation owner of the Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son, which acquired the reputable joinery workshop last year.

 The Prince of Wales was keen to share his vast knowledge of Danish design and craftsmanship on his tour of Rud. Rasmussen, which included the machinery, joiner’s and upholstery workshops as well as the furniture showroom.

 Rud. Rasmussen Sales Director Malene la Cour Rasmussen says: “We are extremely proud of the attention the Royal visit has given us. It was a pleasure to give His Royal Highness a tour of our workshop, which is full of craftsmanship and history.”  She concludes: “The sustainable element of the qualitative production, the celebrated materials and the fine craftsmanship, but also the sheer surprise that this type of company can be found in the heart of Copenhagen, are what has captured the interest of the prince.

Carl Hansen & Son is a Danish-owned furniture manufacturer established in 1908. The company is headquartered in Aarup, Denmark and currently has a staff of around 120. Carl Hansen & Son is one of Denmark’s oldest manufacturers of high-end furniture and the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. With solid roots in Danish cabinetmaking traditions

and an understanding of the latest in production technology, Carl Hansen & Son creates furniture that lasts for generations.
Designer furniture from Carl Hansen & Son is sold all over the world. See more at www.carlhansen.com.

 

 

Organic Chocolate Company to Make History

Grenada Chocolate Company and FairTransport Team Up To MakeFirst Ever Carbon-Neutral Trans-Atlantic Mass Chocolate Delivery

 Organic Chocolate Company to Make History

By Shipping  three Tons of Dark Chocolate Sustainably

 

London, UK — This spring, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company, a Grenada-based tree-to-bar organic chocolate cooperative, will set out on a pioneering voyage to become the first chocolate maker to ship a mass quantity of chocolate sustainably.  Green has teamed up with Netherlands-based shipping company FairTransport to ship five tons of his award-winning organic dark chocolate from Grenada to New York, London and Amsterdam on the trade wind-powered sailing vessel Brigantine Tres Hombres. The voyage, taking place between this March and June, marks the first ever carbon-neutral trans-Atlantic mass chocolate delivery.

An insulated cool room has been built on the ship, powered solely by wind and sun energy, where the world-renowned dark chocolate bars will be stored. A small part of the chocolate cargo will be the special Gru Grococo, made with one harvest of a small batch of beans from the “Grococo” Farm. The farm is a 50/50 joint venture with cutting edge chocolatier Rococo in London. Green will be part of the sailing crew on board of the Tres Hombres, and he will also be monitoring the cooling system throughout the trip.

The Brigantine Tres Hombres is a 32 meter brigantine square-rigged sailboat that can hold up to 35 tons of cargo.  The boat has no engine and follows the winds across the Atlantic.   The crew of twelve has picked up Green and his chocolate from Grenada on March 25th 2012 and their first stop will be a delivery of the first batch of chocolate to Portsmouth UK half of May (the exact date of arrival will depend on the winds).

Green, is also the subject of Kum-Kum Bhavnani’s new documentary film, “Nothing Like Chocolate,” which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2012.  For more information on the film, or to watch the trailer, please visit http://www.nothinglikechocolate.com/.  

 For more information about the Grenada Chocolate Company, please visit http://www.grenadachocolate.com/. For more about FairTransport and the Brigantine Tres Hombres, visit http://svtreshombres.com/.  

For all inquiries, images and interviews requests, please contact Caroline Lubbers at [email protected] or T +31 6 18256651.

For all Rococo enquiries contact Britta Gertsen at  [email protected] 01227 456801

Notes to editors:

Grenada Chocolate Company

Mott Green, one of the most respected chocolate makers in the world, started the co-operative Grenada Chocolate Company in 1999, which to this day makes some of the finest chocolate in the world in ever larger quantities. The extraordinary exertions behind this enterprise reflect Mott’s commitment to ethical and ecological values…. He fell in love with Grenada first, and then chocolate, and considered it iniquitous that the islanders who grew and harvested some of the best cocoa in the world were deprived either of enjoying it fully processed, or sharing the financial and social benefits accruing to the producers.

So he built a micro factory to process the chocolate, and organic cocoa fields, controlling the whole process from tree to bar… the first world’s very first artisan chocolate producer making chocolate where the cocoa grows, adding value for the local economy… this turned out to be a mammoth undertaking, requiring the design and construction of many small scale industrial units…

The factory is also run on solar power, and has survived two hurricanes! The bars the factory produces are hugely popular in the island; both among locals and with tourists and sailors and what is left is exported to North America and Europe, where the brand has established a high reputation for excellence.

 Mott’s eco-consciousness however has always fretted at the excessive carbon footprint required to ship the chocolate from Grenada. He has recently teamed up with a group of Dutch eco- entrepreneurs who have built a brigantine to sail cargo across the Atlantic. Next March/April the first consignment of 11 tons of Grenada chocolate will sail from the West Indies to Portsmouth UK and Amsterdam NL. Mott will be part of the crew, continuing the adventure!

“Grococo” is the joint venture Cocoa Farm owned jointly by the Grenada Chocolate Company and Rococo Chocolates (see below).

Fair Transport

The 32 meter schooner “Tres Hombres” has been sailing since December of 2009. She will maintain a shipping route for transport of cargo between Europe, the Islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and America. In addition to her capacity for 35 tons of cargo she has accommodation for a crew of five professional sailors and 10 trainees.

The brigantine Tres Hombres is the prototype vessel for breaking open the market for sailing cargo transport.

The ship with which we are the first to be pioneering in the new sailing cargo transport market is the Tres Hombres a name inspired by the cooperation of the three friends who took the initiative for this project.

It is a pilot project aimed at opening the market in which we find ourselves, proving the feasibility and creating goodwill for cargo transport using sail powered vessels.

 Rococo Chocolates

*Coady graduated in Textile Design (Camberwell School of Art & Crafts) in 1981, and went on to complete an MSC Small Business Course. Armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion for chocolate and a belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, she decided to open a shop in the King’s Road (Chelsea, London). 3 decades later, the author of five books about chocolate and another on the way, Coady still pushes forward to boundaries of Ethical Luxury in chocolate retail with 4 shops: 3 in London – the flagship store is at Motcomb St, in the heart of Belgravia, and now in outside London at The Chester Grosvenor.

 Other awards

Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
Chantal Coady: Changing the way people think about chocolate

Winner, Best Chocolate Book Gourmand Awards, for REAL CHOCOLATE

Shortlisted for Best Cookery Book Guild of Food Writers

Winner Walpole Brands of Tomorrow 2010

Winner “Outstanding Service to the Chocolate Industry” FCIA 2011

Winner Academy of Chocolate “Chocolatier of the Year” 2011, 2012

Blue Butterfly Award for sustainability from Positive Luxury

 GROCOCO:

In 2007 a small cocoa farm came up for sale in Grenada, offering the perfect opportunity for a joint venture between Rococo and the Grenada Chocolate Company to produce fairly traded “ethical” chocolate. All of the chocolate is made on the island, ensuring that maximum value is retained by the community that grows and makes the chocolate.

 This plot of land, which we call GROCOCO, is now the ‘home farm’ which supplies 100% of its harvest of fine flavoured organic Trinitario cocoa beans to the GCC where they are made into fine chocolate. It was also one of the founding farms that make up The Grenada Organic Cocoa Farmers’ Cooperative. Seven years after their first taste of Grenada chocolate, Rococo is mixing Grococo beans into their Rococo Organic House Blend and is currently developing a range of organic chocolates under the Grococo name.

 www.rococochocolates.com

 

 

 

ORIENTALISM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Autumn Winter 2012 collection from DAY Home draws from the Orient for its inspiration.The word Orientalism is a term used especially in art for the imitation or depiction of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West by writers, designers and artists.

Marianne Brandi the designer behind DAY Home explained “the word filled my head with thoughts of adventure, ancient mysteries, dust, colours and smell of Eastern spice markets, extravagant jewels, and fabrics woven with gold and became my inspiration for this collection”.

 

 

 

 

 

The colours of the season are both precious and natural. Based on gems treasures and natural resources of the Orient and depict their authentic artwork by skilled craftspeople.

 

The collection encompasses both accessories and furniture.  There are cushion and rugs, lamps and trays and many, many more exciting objects on which to feast the eyes.

www.iconsofdenmark.com

 

Icons of Denmark takes on DAY Home

And appoints GertsenPR to handle the publicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birger Mikkelsen is perhaps best know as a fashion house, but their home collection DAY Home is proving to be just as great a success, and like the fashion side bring you seasons of extravagant dreaming and casual luxury.

The DAY Home collection will have seasons and just like in the fashion world there will be a Spring/summer and autumn/ winter collection, plus a special Christmas collection. The collection is large and varied and includes furniture as well as accessories.

Christian Skovhus, Managing Director of Icons of Denmark explained: “We are really pleased to have DAY Home on board. Birger Mikkelsen is a remarkable company and with DAY Home have effortlessly moved into the home market. They have had great success in their native Denmark and we are sure they will repeat this in the UK”.  “GertsenPR has been appointed to handle the publicity for Day. We have worked with them for more than two years on other accounts and look forward to doing so on DAY Home”, said Christian.

The autumn/winter 2012 collection will be in the stores from the end of August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.iconsofdenmark.dk

Bjørn Sofa

 

 

HAY wanted to make a light sofa with soft rounded shapes to make it welcoming and informal while keeping it firm. From beginning to end the design process has been very “hands on” to get exactly the right shapes, curves and stitches. Bjørn was born.

The slender frame contrasts the voluminous body and legs lifts the seats from the floor making it seem lighter. The armrests seem to hug the seat. Stitching has been minimized and each seat, backrest and armrest is upholstered in just one piece of fabric to make the edges soft and round. The frame is made from extruded aluminum and available in chrome, powder coated or with upholstery in the same fabric as the sofa.

Bjørn is currently available as a 3-seater with two wide seats,

Bjørn is a sofa suitable for contract as well as private market.

 RRP from £1949.00

www.iconsofdenmark.dk

MATERIALS

Inner frame: Solid pine

Seat: Nozaq springs and foam

Frame: Casted aluminium, extruded aluminium

 DIMENSIONS

3-seater: L 227,6 x D 79/57 x H 67,5/45 cm

UPHOLSTERY

Remix

 

Roses are Red and Violets are Blue, Rococo Rocks and MUM so do you!

A pretty box of Mum’s favourite Rose and Violet creams, is there a better way to treat Mum on Mother’s Day.

The new box, designed of course  by Rococo Chocolates’ founder Chantal Coady,  comes in two sizes: 160 g which retails at £14.94 and 260g retailing at £24.95.  The Rose and Violet Fondant Creams are wrapped in delicious dark chocolate.

And when Mum has finished the chocolates, she has a pretty box for keeping special things in.

 Happy Mother’s Day

 www.rococochocolates.com

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