Well, The Wolseley in St James’s, on London’s most prominent of boulevards, Piccadilly, is most definitely a contender as far as we are concerned
Well, The Wolseley in St James’s, on London’s most prominent of boulevards, Piccadilly, is most definitely a contender as far as we are concerned, a particular favourite being their Eggs & Bacon, not to mention Pancakes with Seasonal Berries.
It was here that Rachel Bates Interiors (www.rachelbatesinteriors.com) held our launch breakfast with collaborators and national press, in the private dining suite. It was the ideal morning venue to showcase Rachel’s elegantly curated products and designs.
The Wolseley was originally built in 1921, as a prestigious car showroom for the Wolseley Car Company. The design was born of Venetian and Florentine influences, as well as combining the glamorous eastern touches that were in fashion at the time and are still in evidence to this day.
The impressive interior, with its towering pillars, arches and marble was testament to the great ambitions of The Wolseley Car Company. The design works perfectly for the glamorous European style café that it is nowadays.
Thus, the picture-perfect not to mention luxury grandeur of The Wolseley was chosen to have a spot of breakfast whilst showcasing the Rachel Bates Interiors Elegantly Curated Collection.
The private dining room is beautifully designed to complement the restaurant below. The original features have been lovingly restored and it intimately seats up to 14 guests. The dining room is discreetly hidden away from view, with its own private staircase. It is nonetheless very much part of the restaurant and the perfect setting for Rachel to entertain her artisan associates who travelled from all over Europe.
The Wolseley instantly came to life once Rachel’s products were positioned around the room, adding a burst colour, something Rachel is renowned for. The addition of these varied and vibrant colours, to a room somewhat darkened with its Eastern lacquer theme of polished blackened wood and deep marble worked perfectly.
Beautifully scented candles by Ormonde Jayne and Rachel’s own design, in Limoges hand painted receptacles, helped complete the room, bathing it in soft illumination and seductive fragrances.
Linda Pilkington, founder of Ormonde Jayne, has collaborated with Rachel and endorsed the manufacture of her own label candle collection and scent. This has been beautifully chosen by Linda to suit Rachel’s love of botanicals. The range will be available soon. To say we are bursting with excitement would be an understatement.
Conversation during the breakfast was centred around the stunning products on display. Each artisan revelled in discussing the extent of creativeness and vision, not to mention effort that goes into each hand made piece of crystal or porcelain. The dialogue began with an explanation of Marie Daâge’s hand painted Limoges china, with Rachel’s famous peacock design.
And So to Bed, who collaborated with Rachel to develop a new design that became the exquisite “Helene” bedstead, took pleasure in explaining the extent of craftsmanship involved in turning this particular dream into a reality. The creation of this bed involved lots of hand carving of peacock feathers & lace cap hydrangeas, both synonymous with the Rachel Bates signature designs, combined with classic And So To Bed features and quality. Paddy Prowse Managing Director attended the event.
Kathryn Hallam, Managing Director of Tai Ping, also a Rachel Bates Collaborator, attended the breakfast although she could not produce the magnificent Silk & New Zealand wool rug in Rachel’s ever popular Peacock design on the day. It is huge, a gargantuan 2.5m by 4m in size. The weight alone would require a workforce to manoeuvre it. I have since had the pleasure of observing the masterwork and it truly is a work of art, with over 34 different colours.
Laurent Perrier celebrated their collaboration with Rachel and her divine Peacock Crystal Champagne Flutes & Magnum Cooler, available in rose or clear crystal to complement the sophisticated, not to mention vivacious, Cuvée Rosé. Daniel Brennan, Head of Marketing & Danny Borchert, Regional Account Manager, both attended.
Karen Feldman, founder and MD of Artel Prague, produced Rachel’s vibrant coloured Isadora & Cristobel Crystal Champagne Coupe’s, with Rachel’s renowned and most elegant lace cap hydrangea design. Her company also produces the wonderful Genevieve Crystal Aperitif Glasses and the darling Tipple Glass. Whether you use for bubbles or your morning orange juice, they look magnificent against crisp white linen.
The breakfast was bursting with colour, excitement and laughter. This was a meeting of not just creative minds but very talented, inspired and successful people, each in love with their businesses and full of pride in their products, brands and the skilled artisans who make their designs a reality.
The excitement was palpable and all looked forward to further successful designs, collaborations and not to mention champagne breakfasts at The Wolsely.
Well they do say Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!........