Aside from creating pieces for our own stand, we also collaborated with Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) to create a few pieces of furniture for their stand and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results. HBA designed their stand in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London and you could see the most beautiful natural products decorating every 'room' of their gorgeous space at Sleep + Eat 2018. But before we explore the HBA stand, let's take a closer look at the bespoke products we made for them.
We asked HBA London a few questions to give you an insight into the inspiration behind their beautiful stand at Sleep + Eat 2018.
At HBA London we pride ourselves on contemporary luxury design and understand that each project will have very different requirement, whether it be for a hospitality or residential client, or here when we are partnered with a lifestyle brand. A unique approach to every project allows us to be playfully creative, with luxurious touches, whilst always considering the end user. Attention to detail and material selection is equally as important to us.
The Natural History Museum is a dream brand partner and their philosophy and way of working have proven to be great sources of our inspiration. We were kindly invited to take a behind the scenes tour where we learned a lot about the origins of the museum's specimens. This was truly fascinating and we fell in love with the idea of collections and the stories of how they came to be. Some of the museum's earliest specimens were brought back by Charles Darwin after his traversing of the globe as he wanted to share his findings with the British public. These aspects of travel and discovery resonated with us as they are both paramount in the world of luxury hospitality design.
An explorer's box of natural curiosities.
We don't want to give too much away about the design itself, however, I can share that we have been hugely inspired by the way in which metamorphic specimens are displayed at the Natural History Museum. We see a correlation between evolutionary learning and the design process and have carried this theme throughout our Sleep Set, from the concepts of change and discovery to the use of new materials and the mapping of the progression of craftsmanship.
We think that HBA London created the most remarkable stand of the whole show. They beautifully combined contemporary pieces of furniture and bathroom appliances with unique wallpapers, light decorations and natural products such as gemstones or even preserved butterflies, scorpions and different kinds of insect. They managed to create a stunning room that made all the visitors feel as if they could escape the real world for a second and transfer themselves to a luxurious hidden tree house somewhere in the Amazon rainforest.
Front entrance to the HBA stand at Sleep + Eat 2018
The stand was divided into three separate rooms: 1) the main room with our four poster bed and bedside tables, 2) toilet on the right, and 3) shower room with a closet on the left.
Shower room with a closet and a beautifully decorated display cabinet
The bespoke bedside tables were decorated with beautiful lighting, educational books and unique gemstones. Each drawer of the bedside tables had wooden dividers and each of them contained different kinds of preserved animals borrowed from the Natural History Museum.
There were also these beautiful shelves on either side of the stand decorated with bonsai trees in glass terrariums, some old books and incredible gemstones in different colours.
This mirror was a particularly outstanding piece that struck our attention, it had a mirror on one side and a decorative wallpaper on the other.
We had our own stand on the Gallery Floor where we showcased some products from The London Collection as well as a few examples of bespoke pieces that we made in collaboration with Dometic, a global manufacturer of mini-fridges and safes.
Decca's stand at Sleep + Eat 2018
Overall, we were so excited to be part of this great show along with our talented clients and friends. Our thanks go to the whole team at HBA London for the wonderful opportunity to be part of this incredible project. Thank you and we hope to work with you again soon!
Find out more about Hirsch Bedner Associates on their website.