Fresh Pasta - 10/2011
Fish for Auction
Lighting and sculpture will be among the work unveiled during the Liberty of London National Treasure Campaign, with two new designs offered by Rick Stein. Each design makes a feature of fish with one unique sculpture available only at auction.
"When Liberty asked me to contribute to their National Treasure campaign I was a bit stumped. A recipe, a piece of kitchen equipment or a picture of the Padstow Estuary, none of them filled me with enthusiasm. Then I remembered my business partner, Jill had discovered a company in Staffordshire, Scabetti, who make magnificent chandeliers of white shoals of fish; we commissioned one for the foyer of our newly refurbished Seafood Restaurant. Why not produce a more scaled down version of this for the home and indeed, warming to the theme, why not produce a table lamp in the same style.
I'm so pleased with the result, particularly as in amongst the large shoal of fish there are two John Dory lurking; a couple of predators looking for lunch..." Rick Stein.
Photographs: Mark Wood, Frances Bromley and courtesy of The Seafood Restaurant
The Rick Stein Shoal by Scabetti for Liberty of London, features 288 fine bone china fish, including two specially sculpted John Dory by world renowned sculptor John Bromley. The John Dory were sculpted in clay in the same style as Scabetti's original fish form. A plaster mould was then made and used to create delicate casts, which were finished by hand and fired at 1300 degrees centigrade to create the fully vitrified, translucent fine bone china John Dory. All the fine bone china fish in the sculpture are made in this way in the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent, England, helping to sustain the traditional skills of the region. The formation of fish, strung in Scabetti's Staffordshire studio is created to appear as if swimming around the central light source. This unique sculpture is being auctioned with bids invited online between October 21 and 30, 2011.
The Rick Stein Table Lamp by Scabetti for Liberty of London features a shade carrying a screen printed 288 fish design, (two of which are John Dory), 288 being the numbers in the postcode of The Seafood Restaurant. The base is fashioned from oak salvaged from shipyards with the individual knots and grain of the wood ensuring that no two lamps will ever be the same. The lamps are made in England and will be available exclusively from Liberty of London.
Acclaimed for their installations made from fine bone china and winners of this year's International Design and Architecture Award for Lighting, the creative force behind Scabetti is the English design duo Dominic and Frances Bromley. Working on this prestigious project with Rick Stein and Liberty of London has further illustrated their talent for product design as well as sculpture.
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