Monday, 9 May 2016

Tea Trees & Cake Stands - Mandarin Oriental, London, UK

Alguacil & Perkoff supplied these exquisite and custom made Tea Trees & Cake Stands for traditional afternoon tea at The Rosebery, the Mandarin Oriental’s new tea room, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge. 

Located in one of London’s most fashionable destinations, they were conceived for the 5 star hotel by GA Design International and created in partnership with the Design Foundry. They required a creation that was elegant, modern, and provided a unique experience. 

Using a sketch from GA Design as their starting point, the development work carried out by our specialist partner included form, texture, finish and functionality. The Tea Trees were indeed required to be very stable, but also light enough to be easily moved by the staff. The Cake Stands, designed to resemble a cage, were required to hang gracefully but safely to avoid swinging.

The Tea Trees were sand cast and finished with a delicate texture and patina. The leaves have highlighted edges giving the elements an extra organic finish, movement and sensibility. The brass cake stands were also sand cast with a beautiful and unique texture before being nickel-plated. The mandarins hanging from the branches were cast in glass. 

 The result are stunning sculptural elements that each represent a piece of art in their own right, to the great satisfaction of the Mandarin Oriental and GA Design. GA Design went on to win the prestigious award of best Interior Design for CafĂ© Bar or All-Day Dining at the 2014 European Hotel Design Awards for the project.

Contact us now for the development and fabrication of bespoke metal elements for the gardens and interiors of your hospitaly, retail and high end residence projects.

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