Scholten & Baijings' TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

Scholten & Baijings’ TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason – All photo by Charles Emerson, courtesy of London Design Festival.

LONDON 2018Scholten & Baijings teamed up with upmarket department store Fortnum & Mason to explore tea rituals. The Dutch duo created TIME FOR TEA, an installation featuring 80 products, designed by companies from across the globe.


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Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

TIME FOR TEA is a silent exploration of fine crafts and bespoke design. Indeed, it looks like guests just left a tea party on the first floor of the historic Piccadilly store.

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

The setting we will create especially for this occasion will be a field of green hues that encompasses furniture, accessories and limited- edition products, where 300 years of tradition will meet contemporary Dutch design.” Explains Stefan Scholten.


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Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

Fortnum’s iconic Eau de Nil colour provided the inspiration for the installation: all furniture and products designed by Scholten & Baijings bearing the distinctive green hue. The patterns of many of the tableware on show were inspired by Scholten & Baijings work for American textile company Maharam.

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

Several of the pieces were taken from the studio’s archives, others were especially designed for TIME FOR TEA. In particular, the designers created an exquisite tea set teaming with 1616 / arita japan, a bespoke manufacturer from the Arita region of Japan which is renowned for its fine porcelain since the 17th century.

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

The designers created also the marble floor and tables produced by Italian marble manufacturer Luce di Carrara. Maharam wove in the UK the long grey wool Grid curtains embracing the installation.

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

The Dutch design invited also leading international brands. Moroso provided an Ottoman day bed, Karimoku New Standard contributed offering polygonal tables HAY contribute with green upholstered chairs.

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

All photos of the TIME FOR TEA installation are by Charles Emerson – Courtesy of London Design Festival.


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Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.