LONDON 2018 – Scholten & 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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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.
“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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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.
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.
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.
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.
All photos of the TIME FOR TEA installation are by Charles Emerson – Courtesy of London Design Festival.
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