How do you treat a very large window so that the space becomes interesting, gives privacy and can let in as much light as you want?

 This was the problem Silent Gliss were recently confronted with when helping a client dress a large window in the kitchen.

 Their solution was to use Andrea vertical waves designed by Eva Marmbrandt.  Vertical waves form a sculptural wall when closed and you can easily determine the amount of light you want by adjusting the vertical louvres.



All Silent Gliss products are made to measure.  Vertical waves start at £438.

Laurent Couchaux, Head Chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates, voted Chocolatier of the Year

The Academy of Chocolate Awards ceremony for 2011 took place last night at Fortnum & Mason and Rococo Chocolates are proud to announce that  Laurent Couchaux was voted Chocolatier of the Year, sharing the coveted award with 2 other UK chocolatiers, William Curly and Keith Hurdman of Thorntons.

Prof du Choc Laurent Couchaux has been at Rococo Chocolates for almost 3 years now and has had great success with his superb couture ganaches. This year The Academy of Chocolate awarded them 5 golds (2 Best in Category) medals, as well as several silvers and a bronze… The flavours, as always intriguing, were:

Grenada Single Origin plain dark truffle – Gold & best in category

Grenada with Islay Malt Whisky flavoured truffle– Gold & best in category

‘Tendance Rouge’ Red Berry Fruit – Gold. This is also won a special award from Quinta do Noval Port
Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Artisan Bar – Gold

Rococo Cat That Got The Cream Ganache Box – Gold for packaging design

Chantal Coady who founded Rococo Chocolates in 1983 had this to say:
” We were absolutely thrilled for Laurent’s talent to be recognised with the “Best Chocolatier” award. He has spent the last 2 and a half years developing our Rococo Couture Range of ganaches. This range is wonderfully versatile, using very small batches, fresh ingredients, and no preservatives – so they need to be eaten very quickly. The flavours change seasonally as well as having a core collection of firm favourites year around. And we were particularly delighted that the chocolates made using our Grococo Grenada chocolate were best in category, and that the Grenada Chocolate Co 82% bar also won the silver.”

Rococo Chocolates have walked away with 10 Awards

The Academy of Chocolate Awards  for 2011 took place recently and Rococo Chocolates are proud to announce that they won 10 awards.

These included 4 gold (2 Best in Category) medals and silver for our couture ganaches, which are handmade by  our Prof du Choc Laurent Couchaux and are only available in Rococo’s three stores, at these London addresses:
5 Motcomb Street SW1
321 Kings Road SW3
45 Marylebone High Street  W1 

But don’t fret if you can’t get to the shops easily, because Rococo Chocolates have plenty of prize-winners online, including their gold medal winning Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Artisan Bar. ( It is also  one of the most popular in the range)

Other prize-winners were The Cat That Got The Cream box,  the  hot chocolate  and the Basil & Persian Lime Artisan Bar and we’re delighted that our friends at The Grenada Chocolate Company won silver for their 82% bar.

The possibilities are endless!

The new tables launched by Carl Hansen & Son gives you a wide range of options and the chance to get just the table you want.  The six new Elliptical dining tables were designed by Hans J Wegner back in 1962, but never produced in large numbers.

 The table designs are all inspired by an adapted ellipse. The new series of elliptical tables comprise models CH334, CH335, CH336, CH337, CH338 and CH339. With their original forms and clean lines, the tabletops investigate the possibilities of circular shapes, renewing the classical ellipse and providing excellent seating for all without annoying corners. The design concept also allows for a high degree of personalization: tables are available in three different lengths, in either solid wood (ash, beech, oak or walnut) or with stainless steel legs. All tables are available with tabletops in solid wood; tables with stainless steel legs are also available with tabletops in laminate or linoleum.

 Carl Hansen & Son has cooperated with Wegner’s Studio since 1949, and the Danish producer’s respect for Wegner’s oeuvre continues unabated. With the addition of the six new dining tables, Carl Hansen & Son extends its range of Wegner dining tables into yet another category.

 Craftsmanship and quality are key focus areas for Carl Hansen & Son, and every piece of furniture is meticulously crafted with respect for its materials. The new dining tables are thus a lifelong investment in craftsmanship and design.

With their many material options, CH334, CH335, CH336, CH337, CH338 and CH339 provide design enthusiasts extraordinary opportunities to adapt Wegner’s timeless tables to match their own individual decor and taste preferences. The new elliptical tables complete Carl Hansen & Son’s already extensive table collection .The warm tones of the wooden tables are an elegant homage to the forest, the epitome of Scandinavian Living. And the streamlined stainless steel legs, together with understated laminate or linoleum, share minimalism’s no-nonsense aesthetics.

Retail prices start at £2108.00


Icons of Denmark is pleased to announce that a pop up Hay shop will be in Selfridges on 4th Floor from 31 May for two months.

The entire range will be on sale, including all the new products, there will be bargains to be had!  So don’t forget to pop in!

Hay’s ambition is to encourage Danish furniture design’s return to the innovative greatness of the 50’ and 60’ in a contemporary context.

Lloyd Loom at Chelsea Flower Show


You will find Lloyd Loom of Spalding on stand Ea60 on Eastern Avenue at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show which opens on Monday 23 May.


Among the pieces on show are the new All Weather Furniture in Tea Green.  

We hope to see you there.