We began this project back in March, when we were approached by award winning DHA Designs lighting consultancy to produce 11 ceramic pendants for the Michelin chef Eneko Atxa’s new Basque-inspired restaurant opening at One Aldwych hotel in Covent Garden. 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 other 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 in one side of the clay by hand. After drying and firing, we tested multiple finishes until we found a satin polish. The internal fittings are constructed from laser cut frosted acrylic to diffuse the light above. We used one 10° Gu10 Soraa lamp in each fitting, which creates a narrow beam of a warm white. Over the past 4 months we 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 Fair, in the Old Truman Brewery, London from the 22nd to the 25th of September.