Designer Jessamy Kelly found inspiration in the elegant palm leaf. The strong natural form; as if wrought by nature, encouraged her to examine the intersectional centre of the leaf and stem and their linear appearance through a series of detailed close-up drawings. These key elements are elegantly transposed into PALM, a subtle yet strong design available in both stemware and barware collections. The intricate cutting and optical effects are highlights of the range. PALM stemware is as comfortable on a porcelain and silver laden table as on a casual kitchen table for a spontaneous gathering of good friends. The PALM collections provide a stunning and stylish focus for any event.
Cumbria Crystal was founded in 1976 by Lord and Lady Cavendish to help preserve the heritage of British crystal making in Britain. Lady Grania Cavendish, a talented artist in her own right, created the Grasmere & Helvellyn collections. Grasmere shares it’s name with the famous village and lake in the Lake District where the famous poet William Wordsworth once lived. Crafted in a classic Georgian style the refinement and complexity of the design has stood the test of time and today remains the most iconic and popular of all the Cumbria Crystal collections. The complex forms, especially in the stems of the wine glasses, are hand-crafted in 24% lead crystal using completely traditional glassmaking techniques. Each piece and requires the co-ordinated skills of no fewer than three skilled glassblowers who collectively have over 60 years’ experience. The decoration is hand-carved into the crystal by two artisan cutters, using no less than seven diamond and stone wheels, to create the complex medley of ornamental flute, mitre, diamond and olive cuts. Typically, each item takes at least 10 days to craft. The Grasmere collection has been seen in many films and period dramas as it beautifully illustrates the essence of luxury living. Its reputation was further enhanced after featuring in every episode of the post-Edwardian era drama Downton Abbey. Use by James Bond.