Delicious Chocolate Designs

Chantal Coady founder of  Rococo Chocolate and Tom Dixon, who have been friends since art school worked their magic together to design a chocolate sculpture to  celebrate the London Design Festival’s tenth anniversary.

Together with 3 other teams Lee Broom and William Curley;Paul Cocksedge and Hotel Chocolat; Faye Toogood and Cocomaya, they all produced designs with a reference to London.

The four creations will be on show for the duration of the London Design Festival at Tom Dixon, The Dock, Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU.

“Dystopian London, a bittersweet sculpture made from chocolate constructed by Tom Dixon and Chantal Coady…

“It was great fun working with Tom on this project – he really challenged the material (chocolate) to its limits. We spent many hours working out how to create a really fragile piece – the crane, and Tom carved out of slabs of chocolate to create tower blocks while I worked on the glossy glass like shards to clad the chocolate obelisks, with inspiration from Frank Guirey and Renzo Piano. It came together at the very last moment, I have to admit we sailed close the edge and I was so happy to hear that they had arrived at the V&A in perfect condition” Chantal said.

The Colonial Chair – Wanscher’s Jewel

Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Chair is just as relevant today as when it was designed 63 years ago. Following his minimalistic and functional approach to furniture craftsmanship, Ole Wanscher created a classic with an enduring design and quality. The chair, which is produced by Carl Hansen & Son, is now considered to be one of the most sought after collector’s items in Danish design.

 In 1949, furniture designer and professor Ole Wanscher designed what turned out to be his most famous furniture piece – the Colonial Chair. The chair, which reveals the influence of his training under one of the other prominent furniture designers of the day, Kaare Klint, is indicative of his views on classic design. His preference for timeless, light design means that the chair is just as relevant today as it was 63 years ago.

CEO Knud Erik Hansen from Carl Hansen & Son comments: “Danish modernism is very popular at the moment, as it expresses a commitment to high-quality craftsmanship and sustainability, and the minimalistic design is in tune with an age which is seeking a return to simplicity. Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Chair is a design classic that radiates an elegance and lightness which is very much in step with a modern lifestyle where ‘less is more’.”

The name ‘Colonial Chair’ results from Ole Wanscher’s fascination with furniture design in 18th-century Britain and the colonial era. Ole Wanscher’s aim for the Colonial Chair was to pay tribute to classic conservative trends while also fitting into modern homes. He was so successful that the Colonial Chair has become a highly sought-after collector’s item throughout the world.

Ole Wanscher had a preference for slender and refined expression when he designed furniture. This can be clearly seen in the design lines in the Colonial Chair, which despite its light and slender construction is an incredibly strong and durable chair with an excellent finish. The chair’s sophisticated armrest is slightly curved and ascends to an elegant apex before turning downwards – a well-known Ole Wanscher signature. The chair’s basic structure consists of a relatively simple slat framework, which lock into the joints.

The Colonial Chair is available in walnut, cherry, oak and mahogany, with either a lacquered, stained, soap or oil-treated finish, at a recommended retail price starting at £1,195, excluding VAT. The chair is also available with fabric or leather side cushions. The chair has a seat height of 46 cm, and is 85 cm high, 69 cm deep, and 65 cm wide.

The many variations allow the chair to be adapted to one’s individual taste. For example, try a lacquered cherry chair with dark brown leather side cushions for a strongly masculine expression.             


Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Son reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Son is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner, and our portfolio also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.
Carl Hansen & Son have 165 employees and all our furniture is produced exclusively in Denmark.
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Chocolate Week 2012 takes place the 8th – 14th of October, and we have events running through till the 17th

Throughout the week the Rococo shops in London and Chester will be offering tasters of our Autumn collection of chocolates, along with samples of our award-winning drinking chocolate and competitions to win copies of Chantal Coady’s new book. We will also be participating in a series of events throughout the week and our Kings Road shop will have its Choc-Tales installation all week.

All bookings should be made with the venue, or from the contact details provided.

Please continue to check our website and the chocolate week website for updates on these events.


Monday 8th October – ‘Nothing like Chocolate’ UK Premiere of this documentary about The Grenada Chocolate Company and its visionary activist founder Mott Green. We will offer a tasting of the range of award-winning Grenada Chocolate Company bars, and the chance to purchase them.         Venue: Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. Time 7pm Entry: Free

                         Preceded by         –  Meet a Real Chocolate Maker – a chance to meet Mott Green and have a guided tasting of his chocolate bars. Venue: Italo Deli, Bonnington Sq, Vauxhall SW8     Time: 3-5pm  Entry: FREE


Tuesday 9th OctoberMeet a Real Chocolate Maker – a chance to meet Mott Green of the Grenada Chocolate Company and to have a guided tasting of his chocolate bars.         Venue:  Rococo, 321 Kings Road. Time: 3-5pm      Entry: FREE


Wednesday 10th OctoberCHOC-TALES IN OUR KINGS ROAD STORE. With Rococo approaching its 30th anniversary, throughout Chocolate Week the Kings Road store will be transformed into an interactive audio-visual installation with original memorabilia documenting the 4 decades of Rococo. The Choc-Tales evening will include a preview of the new Rococo Autumn collection, accompanied by cocktails and extreme Rococo canapés. There will be the chance to meet the founder of  Rococo, Chantal Coady, and to buy a copy of her new book: Rococo, Mastering the Art of Chocolate from 630-730pm

Cocktails and extreme canapés in 2 sittings 6-7pm and 7-8pm  Tickets £10 (includes one cocktail and a selection of chocolate canapés) from Kings Road (see below)

–  Meet a Real Chocolate Maker – a chance to meet Mott Green of the Grenada Chocolate Company and to have a guided tasting of his chocolate bars.                          Venue: Rococo 45 Marylebone High St. Time: 3-5pm  Entry: FREE


Thursday 11th OctoberChocolate and Wine Tasting at Rococo Marylebone High St. led by our own expert sommelier Luciana Girotto. Enjoy some interesting combinations in the heart of foodie Marylebone. Venue: Rococo, 45 Marylebone High St. Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm  Entry: £10 places must be booked in advance as there is limited availability.

Saturday 13th OctoberChocolate Afternoon Tea  Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, savouries,  scones and cakes and teas with a chocolate theme. Venue: 5 Motcomb St. Time: 2 sittings 2.30-4pm and 4.30-6pm  Introductory price £20  Advance booking essential as numbers are strictly limited!

Saturday 13th October Chocaligraphy Kids Workshop. Venue: Motcomb St.   Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm  Entry: FREE but places must be booked in advance as there is limited availability.

Sunday 14th October – Choc-opera! The highlight of the week, this will be a chance to experience the wibbly wobbly world of improvised opera performed by the brilliant Impropera, brought to you by Rococo Chocolates and Cadogan Estates for the benefit of the wonderful charity Kid’s Company!  To be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Venue: Cadogan Hall, Culford Room SW1. Tickets to be purchased in advance from Rococo    Time: 3-4pm  Entry: £15  but places must be booked in advance as there is limited availability.

The ‘Love Bug’ Chocolate Bar in aid of Kids Company will also make its debut here. All profits from this and from entry tickets will be donated to Kids Company.

Monday 15th October – to cap off the week in style the 3rd annual 3 course themed Chocolate Tasting Dinner will be held at Hardy’s Brasserie & Wine Bar. Each course will be based on recipes  from Chantal’s new book, followed by a tasting of 3 Rococo ganaches and dessert wines. Time – Book signing from 6.30pm, dinner from 7.30pm, one sitting.

Cost £25 including chocolate tasting & dessert wines but excluding other drinks. For Bookings –

Venue & bookings – 53 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NH
0871 971 6876  or [email protected]

Many thanks to Dominique for allowing us to take over her lovely restaurant for the evening!

Saturday – Sunday 13th-14th October – Chocolate Unwrapped

One of the highlights of the chocolate year when all the UK’s top chocolate makers get together with selected international participants in one space. Samples, tastings and demos galore! Venue: ·  LFM, 45 Wellington Street ·  Covent Garden ·  London ·  WC2E 7BN  Time 10.30 – 5pm

Rococo will have a stand  and please see the Chocolate Week website for more details.


Wednesday 17th October – Silversea / Mundy Chocolate Cruise Launch Party. Champagne reception and Rococo extreme Canapes. Venue: 5 Motcomb St. Time: 6.15 – 7.45pm

To book your place please contact Eleri Parry on 020 7399 7621.  Please note there is a £10 per person donation required for attending.  All donations will go to MacMillan Cancer Support

There will be the chance to meet Rococo’s founder Chantal Coady who is hosting our Caribbean Gourmet Chocolate Cruise aboard Silver Whisper in November 2013.  Chantal will be on hand to talk to you about “all things Chocolate” and Mundy Cruising and Silversea will be in attendance to speak about the fantastic 10 night Chocolate Cruise which includes a 3 night stay in Barbados and ports of call such as Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Margarita Island and Grenada.



ROCOCO MOTCOMB ST EVENTS – 020 7245 0993 [email protected]

ROCOCO KINGS ROAD – 020 7352 5857     [email protected]

ROCOCO MARYLEBONE HIGH ST – 020 7935 7780  [email protected]


Sofa Beds Boring – Not Anymore

Sofa beds have long been the “poor cousin”, clumsy and not very exciting.  But no longer, Softline has a great range of contemporary, stylish sofas which turn into comfortable beds. And they are available in beautiful, bright colours as well as more muted ones.

Softline furniture is adaptable and suitable for living room, bed room, and study. They will fit into any type of home be it contemporary, traditional or ultra modern.


CORD: small elegant and practical. With its compact form and “hidden” sofa bed function this sofa has it all – including 8 backrest positions. And if you are short on space the chair has the same sleeping functions. Retails at Sofa £1395 and chair £995.00.


 SLEEP: Functional Design Sofa which won Danish design competition. Use as sofa, single or double bed.  Retails from £995.00


 NEVADA: simplicity and functionality in one…Sit upright, chill out or sleep comfortably. Nevada is a versatile sofa system with multiple combinations.  Retails at £2495.00

COLORADO: (top picture): A multifunctional sofa with a sleek design. And a double bed. Retail at £1795.00



If you have always wanted to have the iconic wishbone chairs in your dining room now is your chance.  Carl Hansen and Son are offering 6 wishbone chairs for the price of 5 at their retailers through-out October.




“Master of the Chair”: that is how Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner is known all over the world. The CH24, popularly known as the Wishbone chair, exemplifies this with excellence. Created from pure natural materials, it is a brilliant example of Danish cabinetmaking traditions represented for generations by Carl Hansen & Son. Right now you have particularly good reasons for buying your dream we are offering six chairs for the price of five. And you are free to choose from among a wide range of colours and woods.


The Wishbone chair CH 24 was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1949.

Sophisticated Sofas

Softline has an exciting range of sofas to fit any size and shape of room and which will fit in with you decor be it modern or more traditional.



PASSION’s modular concept has a timeless design focused on elegance and comfort. The wooden leg design gives it a light, hovering look. PASSION consists of three elements, allowing for many combinations that suit the home without being overpowering.




 A classic SOFTLINE design in its combination of versatility and timeless style.

Designed by Stine Engelbrechtsen in 2012.  Retails at 1995.00




FRAME is an elegant Nordic daybed that will suit any room. Its wooden legs give it a natural Nordic look. Frame is functional and versatile and can be sued as an ordinary sofa, a daybed or a single/double bed.



Designed by Softline’s Design team it retails at £695.00 and is available in a number of colours.



NOVA is a comfortable and functional sofa bed with a relaxed modern feel. Sit, lie back or sleep in total comfort with the help of the adjustable two-part backrest. A unique, simple and striking design which is both elegant and smart. It converts easily into a double bed. There are three different backrest positions for perfect relaxation.







Designed by Thomas Muller and Jorg Wulff it retails at 1395.00

There are many more exciting and innovative sofas from Softline.


Lloyd Loom of Spalding with some exciting new designs at Decorex

Lloyd Loom of Spalding will be exhibiting for the first time at Decorex this year. They can be found at Stand B44, some of the new pieces on show were designed during a sleepy weekend when five designers visited the famous Lloyd Loom of Spalding factory.

Whilst the assembly workers were away, and assisted by two of Lloyd Loom’s skilled craftsmen, the designers with no set agenda, helped themselves to standard components, experimented and reinterpreted. Over the intense and frantic two days, thirteen new concepts were conceived and left in the factory showroom for the staff to find on Monday morning.

The prototype ‘sketches’ that came out of the weekend opened up an enthusiastic dialogue with Lloyd Loom, and six pieces were selected to be taken forward for further development. The resulting prototypes are to be trialed in September during London Design Festival at Design Junction and Decorex ready for feedback and production in January.

The list of designers and their final pieces are:

Carl Clerkin: Saddle Rocker. An informal rocking seat without a front or back. This piece is a long way from the current Lloyd Loom range and sits somewhere between a toy and a stool.




Chris Eckersley: ‘Spalding’ armchair. A low tub chair with a loose cushion. The back/arms formed from a parabolic curve which  introduces a new shape to a distinctly Lloyd Loom chair.


Gareth Neal: ‘Tomlinson’ armchairs. With one simple and gracious flowing component. This pair of his and hers loungers are perfect company to the Lloyd Loom Range.

Amos Marchant: ‘Reading’ High backed reading chair. A large enclosed private chair with a cuff of woven material around its top.

William Warren: ‘LL’ stacking chair, for café, restaurant or domestic use.

William Warren: ‘Paper’ Dining chair and Barstool. Concealed metal fixings offer strength to a simple dowel structure. The archetypal curved chair back is presented in an innovative way.

01775 712 111


Louis Poulsen is launching the Aeros pendant by internationally renowned designer Ross Lovegrove in a white version, greatly extending the possible applications for this beautiful and slightly mysterious product.The other version, in an anodised golden sand colour, remains in the range.


The Aeros pattern looks significantly different in the white version. With the light off, the pattern has more contrast, and when the light is on the pattern and lamp appear lighter and brighter. The distinctive reflector with its Fibonacci pattern also has a different, decorative look when the light is both on and off.


Measuring 723 mm in diameter, Aeros is a large lamp, but the white colour greatly reduces the visual perception of it. The lamp is ideal for both dining and coffee tables. The light source, a 60W halopin, comes with the lamp and ensures optimum colour rendering, which is particularly important when used above dining and coffee tables. The light source can be dimmed,of course, which also helps to create a unique ambience.


Aeros retails at £1527