Leah's Favourite Things
I love the concept of injecting excitement and interest to a functional mundane object; the table succeeds in doing so thorough intricate craftsmanship.
With the legs of the table set to the centre, it cleverly seems to float above the ground. On approach, the table appears to simply take form of an empty glass box, but up close, up against the table and looking down; it has another dimension.
The glass casing displays an image of a pixellated fish, made from hundreds of tiny 1.5 cm sq multicoloured, skilfully-placed mosaics transforming the box to create the illusion of a fish tank.
Partial to multifunctional objects, the success of this clever creation is down to its appeal to the senses, visually exciting and physically reacting to us; appealing to sight, touch, and smell.
The bespoke reception desk was designed by Nicholas Hollinshead Interiors and manufactured by the Benchmark. It is a combination of polished pewter top, internally-heated and lit beneath the rim, with a carcass clad in a rich plum crocodile leather. At the end of the desk stands a huge oversized chrome conical vase made to hold flowers and the scent of the flowers fills the area.
Thin flat tiles of multi green onyx have been skilfully positioned at a slight angle circling the Asian sculpture to a bar. The combination of unusual materials and delicate lighting creates a magical effect.
By day the highly-polished apple green and copper tones of the onyx resemble a decorative wood grain. At night it is transformed, as the thin transparent tile allows light to glow through it. Once lit, the green onyx creates a warm ambience, and the copper tones become more graphic., Previously bleeding into the green, the veins become more contrasting, like a block of blue cheese.
To complement the circular-shaped bar, the spirits are shelved and lit around the Asian sculpture's neck, playfully giving the impression of a multi-coloured jewelled collar.