Fernando Casasempere Exhibits in Paris

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On June 4th the Clara Screminni Gallery in Paris will open an exhibition of 14 sculptures by London based Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere. All of the pieces are porcelain and are from the geological and watercolour porcelain series that Fernando has been working on for the last few years.

“My inspiration comes from the traditional blue and white Chinese ceramics as well as the later European ceramics.  With these works in mind I have searched for different methods to apply colour in my porcelain sculptures and in turn maintain the geological aspect of my work. I have used the natural transparency of porcelain and worked with this to create a watercolour effect, which also relies on the application of colour under the same effect. The simple cubic shape of each sculpture allows me to create moving and complicated forms and textures within each piece, applying this watercolour effect”, explains Fernando.

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The sculptures in the exhibition will be small in size – approximately 30 x 29 x 20cm and the prices will start from £4,000 each.

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The exhibition will run for four weeks…

www.fernandocasasempere.com

Note to Editors

Fernando Casasempere

Artist Fernando Casasempere was born in Santiago, Chile, and has lived in London for the past 17 years.

He is currently working on installations and commissions across his native country as well as forthcoming projects in the UK. Fernando is also working with the New Art Centre and Adrian Sassoon. He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. His works are included in prestigious collections worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Shell Company. Bellas Artes and Marlborough in Santiago Chile, private collections in UK, US and Latin America. He undertakes commissions for private individuals as well

Past exhibitions include: ‘Out of Sync’ (2012) at Somerset House, London; ‘The Thought-Provoking Machine’ (2008) at the Economic Plaza, London; “Under the Forest’ (2006), Jerwood Sculpture Park, “Beyond Limits” with Sotheby’s at Chatsworth.

SUMMER DINING

_R5A6162Whether you are dining inside or out, like colours and patterns or plain white Broste Copenhagen has some great crockery for you. Two new ones were in their SS 2015 collection: Nordic Sand and Flower fields – and to go with them two cutlery designs.

Nordic Sand is a development of their popular Nordic Sea and the colour inspired by Nordic sandy beaches. It is hand colour-glazed by hand and its expression is simple, raw and aesthetic at the same time. Every piece is unique. Prices start at £4.50 for an Espresso mug.

Flower Field

Flower fields has a delicate pattern of petite flowers inspired by the atmosphere found in a summer field, a beautiful warm field filled with wild flowers and delightful scents. Prices start at £6.90 for a mug.

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The two new cutleries are called Tvis and Sletten. Tvis is available in Rose Gold and Black and Sletten in matt or shiny steel. All the made from Stainless steel.

Prices for Tvis start at £9.10 for a teaspoon and a teaspoon in Sletten retails at £8.00. Sets of 16 pieces are £176.80 for Tvis and £109.10 for Sletten.

www.brostecopenhagen.com

High res images both styled and cut-outs are available and I also have samples of Nordic Sand and Tvis cutlery for photography.

ALL DAY BREAKFAST – The Rococo Way

Bloggers breakfast 022How better to start the day than with a chocolate breakfast. Rococo Chocolates in Motcomb Street are NOW serving breakfasts all day – all You have to do is book. When weather permits it is also possible to have it in their beautiful, secluded Marococo Garden.

Rococo’s Tasting Menu is full of exciting surprises, starting off with a hot chocolate shot complete with hand-made marshmallows for dipping.

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The granola served with the yoghurt and berries is a recipe is from Chantal’s ‘Mastering the Art of Chocolate’. Some of the recipes for cakes are from this and other of Chantal’s books and made by pastry chef Luisa. The spreads are freshly made and absolutely delicious. The breakfast is finished off with some of Rococo’s award winning ganaches.

A selection of tea and coffees are available, the coffee is by Volcano.

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A Taster Menu cost £18.75 per person and has to be booked 3 days in advance.

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www.rococochocolates.com

Grandad Bee Mug – Make your Father’s Day Special

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With Father’s day just around the corner why not give Dad or Grandad something he can treasure for years.

The Bone china Bee Grandad mug with rich pure gold lustre detail will be sure to put a smile on his face.

And the size 8.5cm high by 8.5cm diameter is just right for his morning cuppa.

It retails at £15.50 for one or £52.00 for four.

www.lushlampshades.co.uk

Note to editors

Lush Designs is the creation of Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings. They design and manufacture home wares and gifts which feature lovely print designs. They studied painting and printmaking at Maidstone Art College and evolved their business while working in the theatre and community arts after moving to South East London.

Investing in Art for the Home

  fernando_1137        fernando_1005    A piece of contemporary art for your home could be much more than a beautiful thing to enjoy every day, it could also be a very sound investment. Fernando Casasempere’s has small, tactile sculptures which are perfectly suited to create an impression in the living room, hall or conservatory and his work looks equally good in a minimalist, modern, eclectic or antique/period setting.

Fernando Casasempere was born in Santiago, Chile. He moved to London in 1997, where he works and lives. His sculptures have been shown extensively in Latin and North America and in Europe.

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“My inspiration comes from the traditional blue and white Chinese ceramics as well as the later European ceramics. With these works in mind I have searched for different methods to apply colour in my porcelain sculptures and in turn maintain the geological aspect of my work. I have used the natural transparency of porcelain and worked with this to create a watercolour effect, which also relies on the application of colour under the same effect. The simple cubic shape of each sculpture allows me to create moving and complicated forms and textures within each piece, applying this watercolour effect” explains Fernando.

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The sculptures are approximately 30 x 29 x 20cm and the prices start from £4,000 pounds each.

www.fernandocasasempere.com

Rococo’s Couture Ganaches now available on their website

Dusted truffles 001           Dusted truffles 009   By popular demand two of Rococo’s fresh couture ganaches are now also available online: the House truffle and the Sea salt caramel truffles.

The House dark truffle made with Madagascar chocolate is enrobed in dark chocolate and finished in cocoa powder.

Silver medalist at the International awards 2012 and a Gold medal winner at the Academy of Chocolate awards 2013. A wonderful introduction to artisan ganaches with Madagascan Criollo and Trinitario Chocolate flavours. Plenty of bright red berry flavour in the chocolate. This is one for chocolate purists.

Fresh from winning a Silver medal at the Academy of Chocolates’ 2015 awards these Sea salt caramel milk chocolate ganaches are enrobed in dark chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder.

Rococo’s take on the ever-popular sea salted caramel and our best-selling chocolate. Made using Halon Môn Anglesey Sea Salt. Anglesey is only a stone’s throw from our Chester store and this sea salt has long been Chantal’s favourite.

Both are sold in 100g ballotin boxes and retail at £13.50. Please note that these are fresh ganaches and therefore have a comparatively short shelf life. Dates are displayed on the website.

www.rococochocolates.com

NJP Work Light

Nendo-produkt_27 sml croppedLouis Poulsen is launching a new interpretation of the architect lamp. The ultra-minimalist work lamp is the result of a new partnership with Japanese design company Nendo, and designer Oki Sato.

All the familiar details are present: the springs, the angled shade, the rotating head and the clamp for attaching it to the table. Yet everything is very different. NJP Table is a new interpretation of the classic architect lamp, with functional qualities that have helped make it the archetypal work lamp and extremely popular in workplaces and private homes. In Oki Sato’s lamp, the glare-free light distribution, flexibility and soft reflected light have been recreated in an ultra-minimalist Japanese design.

Nendo-produkt_01 smlFor Oki Sato, NJP Table is a personal lamp. It is intended to serve as a key element of an individual working area, and as he himself puts it: “It is my lamp”. The light is comfortable, and the angled shade offers the same intimacy that the original architect lamp created in the work environment. The lamp retains and reinterprets the old principles of allowing the functionality to be visible in a contemporary design. The springs are an elegant detail, openly and decoratively exposed in the arm joints.

Versatility and an intuitive understanding of how the lamp is used have been key themes in Oki Sato’s work. The head is shaped to make it easy to adjust the lamp and switch it on and off using one hand. The two arms provide great movement and many stepless positioning options, allowing even large tables to be optimally illuminated.

The way in which we organise our work and workstations today has been a key factor in the lamp design. For example, it has two light settings (100% and 50%), making it easy to adapt the light to alternating work with a monitor or documents. The lamp also offers the high degree of head adjustment flexibility demanded by today’s height-adjustable desks. The highly positioned LED light source minimises and virtually eliminates glare at any height.

Oki Sato produces honest designs with a simple expression, discarding decorative elements and only highlighting the functional elements in harmonic interplay in the final product. Its architect lamp heritage gives the light an extra dimension and adds signal value – NJP Table is primarily a work light.Nendo-produkt_hoved_04 sml

One elegant detail is that the shade head is open at the rear, so that reflected light from the LED light source is utilised to illuminate the top section of the arm. A decorative – and practical – detail which allows the angle of the shade head in relation to the arm to be steplessly adjusted via a ball joint. The opening also improves the thermal conditions for the LED light source, thereby helping ensure a long lifetime.Nendo-produkt_detalje_03 sml

The lamp arms have two spring systems which ensure they can be steplessly adjusted to suit any work situation. The lamp’s simple functionalist design includes a groove in the arms in which the cord is visibly recessed. The arms’ design makes them appear light, as the eye is drawn to the flat top section, while the structure is reinforced using a triangular profile.

The lamp has several options for installation. It can be mounted in a traditional base with a bevelled edge, making the lamp appear to hover above the table. It is also available with a pin fitting, in two diameters, for direct attachment to the table top, and finally, with the classic table clamp.

With its ultra-minimalist design, the NJP Table work light is ideal for either solo or repetitive installations. Even in an open office environment the lamp has a discreet presence, and it interplays harmonically with the computer in a personal office.

NJP Table will be available for the project market spring 2015 and in the stores in September. Available in black or white. The recommended retail price is £325.00 incl VAT

www.louispoulsen.com

FACTS:

  • Finish: White or black, powder coated. Anodised aluminium springs.
  • Light source: 10W LED 3000K, CRI>90. Universal driver attached to cord.
  • Materials: Base: Steel. Arms and lamp head: Aluminium. Springs: Anodised aluminium.
  • Installation: Base, clamp or 10 or 12mm table pin.

 

Rococo Chocolates and Aravore London Team Up

5-aravore-rococo croppedWith a new Royal baby about to grace the world, two British companies known for their dedication to quality, craftsmanship and design are teaming up to provide the perfect present – fit for a prince or princess!

2-aravore-rococo croppedRococo Chocolates, founded in 1983 by Chantal Coady OBE, and Aravore London founded by Yanina Aubrey in 2005 are both part of a selected group of British companies chosen for the Luxury Brands of Tomorrow Programme supported by Walpole. Their collaboration introduces the perfect combination of delicious chocolate for the new mum and adorable hand-crochet booties and baby shawls for the new arrival.

1 aravore-rococo croppedA gift box including a pair of booties and a baby shawl hand-crafted in the softest organic yarns & a Truffle Hound box containing 12 of Rococo’s best chocolates. These ganache chocolates (ganache is the name for the smooth mixture of chocolate and cream traditionally found inside a truffle) are made with Valrhona single origin chocolates, fresh cream and real fruit purees. £ 90.00

A gift box including a pair of hand crochet booties and a Cat that Got the Cream box (same content as the Truffle Hound box) retails at £40.00

3-aravore-rococo smlGorgeous hand-crochet booties in a soft blend of organic cotton & organic merino wool. Pre-washed and slightly felted for extra warmth and comfort. An Aravore classic, comes presented in a gift-box with a paper tag signed by the knitter in the Aravore Atelier who made them. This is complemented wonderfully by a delicious Bee Bar and this combination retails at £25.99

The gift packs are available from April at rococochocolates.com and aravore.com

LUCKY 13 – Academy of Chocolate awards 2015

Rococo Chocolates receive thirteen medals in a year which has seen more entries than ever before, The Academy of Chocolate has awarded Rococo Chocolates 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze medals; the most awards ever received in one year by Rococo Chocolates. This reflects the attention to detail and dedication to quality by Barry Johnson, Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, and his team. Huge congratulations for this outstanding result.

 

“I am absolutely delighted with this crop of medals which reflect so beautifully the breadth of our Rococo Chocolates range.

 

From our Rococo Couture Collection with our new single origin ganaches, hand made by the gifted principal chocolatier Barry Johnson and his team, to our Artisan chocolate bars from our Choc-A-Porter Collection. I am especially proud of our Gru Grococo 2014 vintage single estate bar made from the beans grown on our very own cocoa farm in Grenada” said Chantal Coady OBE.

 

In the words of the Academy of Chocolate press release, “Rococo ruled the roost in the Best Filled Chocolate – Plain category, taking home three Gold awards for its Single Origin Peru Ganache, Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache and Single Origin Chuao Ganache.” A fair comment after taking all of the gold medals in this category!

 

The awards were given for a number of different categories.  Here is the medal line up.

 

GOLD

Single Origin Peru Ganache

Single Origin Dominican Republic Ganache

Single Origin Chuao Ganache

Mandarin & Tonka Bean Caramel

 

SILVER

Cardamom Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganache

Pear Williams Caramel

Drinking Chocolate Tin

 

BRONZE

GruGrococo Organic Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Peru 63% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Morello Cherry Dark Chocolate Artisan Bar

Crunchy Hazelnut Praline

Pistachio, Hazelnut & Almond Praline

Rococo chocolates would like to thank The Academy of Chocolate and all the Judges for their hard work and dedication to real chocolate.

 

www.rococochocolates.com

The Cat’s Whiskers

catcoasters600pussmugThese new Cat Coaster from Lush Designs are going to delight cat-lovers everywhere. They are the latest cats to join the tea drinking felines which are one of Lush Designs most popular ranges. The coasters measure 90mm diameter and a set of four retails at £19.50.

Other favourite cat designs include the Cat mug 8.5cm high by 8.5cm diameter retails at £15.50 for one or £52.00 for four – and to go with it, or hang on the wall, the Cat plate. Both are depicting felines enjoying festive tea-time activities.

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And when tea-time is over and there is washing up to do, you will of course use a Cat tea towel and you might well need a glass of wine! The tea towel measures 74cm x 46cm and costs £11.00.catteatowel

All make wonderful presents for your cat loving friends and of course for you.

www.lushlampshades.co.uk

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