Above “The Ned” clock – details further down!
It is remarkable to think that we are almost half way through the year, but 2017 so far has been one in which we have been involved in some very exciting projects and been able to produce some wonderful new work, some of it brand new (including “The Ned” clock), other pieces adaptations of furniture – and lighting – that we have made in the past.
This version of our Viceroy’s table also broke records for size and, with the client having given us particular restraints for the ratio of width to length, this meant that we had to make the fixed ends Ds rather than perfect demi-lunes. In addition, we were asked to – and achieved – a system by which the skirts at each end of the table un-clipped to allow wheelchair access all the way into the table top.
As part of the same commission, we were asked to make scaled down versions of our Half D-end side table (top two images) and also our Knebworth table (lower two images). The latter, in particular, adds a whole new piece to our line-up and complements its much bigger brothers, the one and two-seater desks and the larger side table. This piece is to be named the Knebworth Console.
As ever, we take great pride in our finish and detailing and I think the images above attest to the craftsmanship of our manufacturing partners.
In lighting, we have also been busy but the most striking piece that we have completed recently is this wonderful version of our Concentric Hoop Chandelier. Unlike the majority of those we make these days – which have tassels suspended from half Cardinal Hat cages – this piece goes back to the Lutyens original with hand blown glass saucers with bullion tassels above. The client also opted for Lutyens’s original chequer board finish to the timber hoops and was daring in their colour scheme of a rich royal blue and lime green to the cable and tassels. The result is a triumph of the client’s interpretation of this iconic piece and has, in my view, come together beautifully. This is a bang up to date piece right down to the use of LED bulbs. I think EL would have been wowed by it!
Another major and very new piece of work was the clock that appears at the top of this newsletter. We were delighted to have been asked to be involved in the refurbishment of “The Ned” for SoHo House in the centre of London (Ned being Lutyens’s familiar name). The building was once the headquarters of the Midland Bank and is probably the most significant of Lutyens’s London buildings. The refit has been on-going for several years and the result is stunning with the original banking hall now housing a number of restaurants and bars open to the general public but with some very special areas including the vault (famously used in the Fort Knox scene in Dr No) reserved for members.
We supplied all the Cardinal Hat lighting on the ground floor of the building but were especially excited to produce the clock which is sitting above the main reception desk.
It was inspired by an original clock design for New Delhi but was scaled to fit the space created by the casement work of the reception area, coloured to match the surrounding timber and given a base to allow it to stand freely (the original was wall mounted).
This is the first time we have made a clock and the great challenge was to find a specialist clock maker who could create the face and inner workings to fit the case which was made separately. Despite its traditional look, the clock is fully electronic and connected to mains power – it knows when to adjust itself for daylight savings and automatically resets itself to the correct time after a power outage.
Save the date for Decorex 2017 in London, 17th to 20th September. Come and visit me on stand J25 where I will be exhibiting items from my Lutyens Contemporary range such as my lovely acrylic standing lamp based on a design by Robert Lutyens (below). I am also always willing to discuss and present my bespoke range from Lutyens Furniture & Lighting including all the new pieces introduced in this newsletter.