Garden dining pavilion
The inspiration for the architecture and lighting design, garden planting and styling comes from several sources related to Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Its graphic symbol is the white anemone. A flower brought back from Asia by Chelsea resident and Victorian botanist Robert Fortune. This botanist also brought back tea from China to India and onto Britain, as well as other plants like kumquats. All these plants are part of the garden design and pavilion and presented as part of the food and drinks.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A garden pavilion in the heart of Chelsea that is a dining table for 14 people inside an art installation called born of flower. The name come from a canopy of 300 hand-painted butterflies surrounding a large chandelier symbolising a vineyard in flowering season.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The pavilion can be used by walk-in customers asa communal space or booked for exclusive dinner and events. In the middle of the table the flower planters can be swapped for special ice containers in which to keep champagne and food cool while being shared by guests. Tea plants and edible flowers are part of the decoration so that they can be added to food and cocktails.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
All done in London: 2 weeks of planning, 2 weeks of execution, open in October 2016 for London Fashion Week and still in operation today.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Food, Beverage and Culinary Arts Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Main installation is 300 laser-cut aluminium butterflies, hand-drawn then converted to digital file for machine processing. Each butterly is then spray painted individually with an abstract graffiti in gold, white and three greens. The rest of the lighting is made with wire cages, Edison light bulbs and 90 metres of green fabric electric lead.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
20 SqM pavillion with rooftop and patio garden, seating 14 people at one long oak table.
Eden, champagne, pavilion design, champagne concept, garden concept, champagne branding, brand experience
Library research into botanicals, explorations to Asia in 19th century. Reading of two memoirs books by Chelsea botanist Robert Fortune. Research at Kew botanical garden and in Champagne region. Research into lifecycle and production of vineyards, from flower to grape to wine.
Hand sketching then prototyping elements of lighting with plants and cut out butterflies to test proof of concept, with only a few days intensive work.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Blue Sky Hospitality