The project began in March with a huge task to produce 11 ceramic pendants for Eneko Atxa’s new restaurant in One Aldwych hotel, at Covent Garden, wich has a Michelin Star. The lightning project was made with award winning DHA lighting consultancy.
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The idea behind the interiors, created by award winning London architects & designers Casson Mann, for this restaurant was a handcrafted space with a relaxed, warm and inviting atmosphere. A lot of the furniture pieces use materials like wood and stone sourced from craftsmen in the Basque region.
Thomas Diem, of Diem Pottery in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Ireland, handmade each of the 11 clay pendants individually, firstly creating the overall shape and then folding one side of the clay by hand. After drying and firing, they made multiple tests and found a satin polish finish.
The internal fittings are constructed from laser cut frosted acrylic to diffuse the light above. They used one 10° Gu10 Soraa lamp in each fitting, which creates a narrow beam of a warm white. Over the past 4 months, They have been working closely with Casson Mann and DHA Designs to perfect the ceramic fixtures. You can see Shane Holland Design at Tent London, part of London Design Festival, in the Old Truman Brewery, London from the 22nd to the 25th of September.
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Design Office Casson
Founded in 1984 by Dinah Casson and Roger Mann, they work in services for Museum Design, Interior Design, Design of Galleries, Concepts and Art Direction for Multimedia. They worked with most famous museums of the world, like Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and Great North Museum .
Situated in Ashbourne, the skills to manipulate porcelain origins from his father. Thomas Diem set up his studio in 1999. His inspiration came from most peculiar scenes.
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