Going for Gold – Rococo Chocolates

Gold Medal Winners

Rococo Chocolates has come away from the Academy of Chocolates Awards 2013 with four gold medals. Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo chocolates, remarked; “We are delighted to be recognised for our chocolates, especially in the year when we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and it is an honour to be awarded so many gold medals”. Along with this already impressive haul, they received a silver and two bronze medals.

The chocolates awarded gold recognition were created by Rococo’s Principal Chocolatier, Barry Johnson, who has just completed his first year with the artisan company. They are:
Salted Chocolate Toffee & Crunchy Praline – Best Filled Chocolate (Nuts)
Kalamansi Lime Caramel – Best Filled Chocolate (Caramel)
Passion Fruit & Rosemary Caramel – Best Filled Chocolate (Caramel)

The fourth chocolate to receive the top accolade in the Best Unflavoured Dark Truffle category is Rococo’s ever-popular Madagascar House Truffle.

Rococo’s Organic Milk Chocolate Rose Otto Artisan Bar received a silver medal and the bronze medals were awarded to the Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Artisan Bar and to the Rococo Advent Calendar in the Best Packaging (Filled Chocolates) category.

The gold award-winning chocolates are available in their London and Chester shops from this week


Crufts Launch of Holly&Lil’s Spring Collar – Dolly Day Dream


A magical mix of Russian style Matryoshka Dolls or incredibly sweet and stylish Japanese Girlies enamel charms and stylish beading. With Jonquil Swarovski Bicones and AB Flowers to add a finishing touch of glitter to the collar. It is sewn on handmade in London dark Turquoise Calf collar. Matching leads are available. Prices start at £70

The collar will be launched at Crufts 2013 to the public and be on sale on the website from Thursday 7th March to coincide with this.


Holly&Lil – Hall 2, Stand 12

Contact: Elaine 07811 715 452

Web: www.hollyandlil.co.uk

Shop: 103 Bermondsey St, London SE1


Finnsdottir_interiour_imageNordic Elements has incorporated Finnsdottir Ceramics Tales in their stable of Scandinavian design clients. Their beautiful ceramics fit in well with their established clients.

Icelandic and Danish Thora Finnsdottir Søe and Danish Anne Hoff are the creative and artistic duo behind Finnsdottir Ceramic Tales.

Finnsdottir is built on the cooperation of Thora Finnsdottir’s design – and craftsmanship in ceramics and Anne Hoff’s graphic design and artistic skills.

The products of Finnsdottir are inspired by contrasts. The idiom originates from objects we use in our everyday life – both old and new, as well as from shapes and feelings. All this is expressed in a modern light Scandinavian design with a twist. Furthermore Thora and Anne share a common wish of making people wonder and think of ceramic design in a new way by using well known shapes and looks and transform them to tell a completely new story.

All products are handmade in Europe.

The brand was founded in 2007 and has gained considerable recognition for its new interpretation of ceramic design.



Judith Blacklock launches on-line Flower Course

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Innovative as always Judith Blacklock has launched the first professional on-line Flower course. If you have always wanted to become a Florist, but are unable to attend a class in person this new course is tailor-made for you.


Judith Blacklock and her team have been running the world-renowned two-week Business of Floristry Course for the past 14 years and their students have achieved wonderful things. This new and exciting accredited course, which is completed online, follows the same curriculum, but with modifications to make distance learning possible.

You chose the dates, and you have 12 month in which to complete the course

The link below will give you all the details.  The cost of the on-line course is £1,680 (plus 20% VAT) “and includes a starter kit of floristry essentials”. Overseas students do not pay vat but there is a charge for sending materials.


Judith says: “I am so excited about this course, which has taken a long time to perfect. I think it is the perfect sister course for our two-week intensive Business of Floristry and I look forward to welcoming students from all over the world to the Flower School’s ever-expanding network.”


Note to Editors.

Judith is the author of 11 bestselling books and editor of The Flower Arranger magazine. She has taught worldwide and arranged the flowers at Kensington Palace on a regular basis. In 2011, she co-organised Flowers at Chicheley Hall, the largest cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK. Judith makes regular television appearances and acts as consultant to companies including Topshop, Channel 4 and BT.


Judith is available for interviews.

The Safari Chair – a Kaare Klint classic


Safari Chair
Safari Chair


Kaare Klint’s Safari Chair has been a design gem since its debut in 1933. With its simple functionality, the modern classic enjoys broad appeal. Kaare Klint found inspiration for the Safari Chair among Africa’s exotic landscapes.

Kaare Klint designed the Safari Chair in 1933, inspired by a British officer’s chair he had seen in a travel guide for Africa. He was particularly inspired by a picture in the book in which the author and his wife are seated in similar chairs by the entrance to their tent in the savannah.

Safari chair detail
Safari chair detail


Kaare Klint’s aim was to create a light, portable armchair. The chair can be easily assembled and disassembled without tools, making it ideal for use in the field. The functional chair is often described as the world’s first ‘build-it-yourself’ furniture item, and is the result of comprehensive knowledge of materials and the human body’s ergonomic requirements.


Kaare Klint is renowned for his classic furniture, of which the Safari Chair is his most eminent design. The first Safari Chair models were sold to Kaare Klint’s colleagues, such as Arne Jacobsen, who saw clear possibilities in their simple, functional style. Arne Jacobsen was also the one who suggested adding a seat cushion to the chair.

The Safari Chair was initially made from Cuban mahogany. However, Kaare Klint later decided that ash was better suited to his desired visual style due to its light color and strength. To this day, the chair is made from oil-treated ash, in both smoked and light versions, using wood from Danish forests.

Rud. Rasmussen, which became part of Carl Hansen & Son in 2011, has produced the Safari Chair in its furniture workshop since 1933. Producing design classics is a big responsibility, says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son:

“The Safari Chair is one of Kaare Klint’s classics, as its timeless design appeals to generation after generation. It is essential to remain faithful to the original instructions and methods of craftsmanship. This is the only way to ensure that the chair continues to be a design icon for future generations. We are very proud that the Safari Chair is now part of our portfolio, and are conscious of the responsibility involved in producing one of Denmark’s classic pieces of furniture.”

The Safari Chair is available in oil-treated ash, either light or smoked. The seat and backrest are available in canvas (natural, blue, green and brown) or leather in selected colours. The armrests are made of cattle hide or leather. The seat cushion, which comes with the chair, is available with or without buttons. Recommended retail prices start at £614 excluding VAT. The chair has a seat height of 34 cm, and is 80 cm high, 57 cm deep, and 57 cm wide. A matching footrest is available with the same options.

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 has 165 employees and production in Denmark. The furniture is sold all over the world.
Find out more at www.carlhansen.com.




Rococo Chocolates’ Marzipan Hot Cross Buns

Marzipan Hot Cross Buns
Marzipan Hot Cross Buns

Easter would not be the same without Hot Cross Buns and the clever team at Rococo, headed by Principal Chocolatier Barry Johnson, know that and have come up with a most delicious chocolate variation.

Packaged in a box of six, these almond marzipan delicacies are flavoured with spices, orange and raisins and enrobed in delicious milk chocolate.

Rococo’s take on this classic seasonal treat is perfect to share with friends and family this Easter.

They have a net weight of 120g and retail at £9.95.

Go on treat yourself – and your family!