Last night, The London EDITION celebrated the inaugural London Design Biennale with the launch of an original commissioned Punch Bowl, by design duo Campbell- Rey.
The striking sculptural bowl is inspired by the colours and textures found within the EDITION, with a nod to the original ingredients of punch, when it was introduced from India in the early 17th century.
Nestled at the back of the hotel, Punch Room is a fumed-oak panelled den inspired by the comfort of manor house libraries and nineteenth-century London’s private clubs. Campbell-Rey have looked to the design of the hotel, with its unique fusion of old and new, blending the finest aspects of the historic, landmark building, with a dynamic modern feel, and the bespoke Punch Bowl will take its place alongside the antique silver Punch Bowls continuing this tradition. With a focus on the social aspect of sharing and discussion, Punch Room offers craft punch for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 people, alongside a daily-changing punch bowl. Initially composed from just lemon, sugar, spices, alcohol and water, today punch has been adapted by many cultures around the world, but the essence of sharing and conviviality remains. Referencing the history of the drink, Campbell-Rey has integrated pentagonal geometry and textural combinations into the bowl’s design, with five distinct colours referencing the five original ingredients of the celebrated drink. Simultaneously looking to the Light and Space art movement born in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s, with artists including Peter Alexander, John McCracken and DeWain Valentine, Campbell-Rey were inspired to use resin, with the myriad colours and textures it can express. The duo worked closely with London-based craftsmen to create the pentagonal bowl, in a green marble effect highlighted by an ombré peach colour, and the blue and pink coloured tray. The bowl is accompanied by five hand-blown pentagonal glasses with a contrasting yellow rim, crafted in Murano, Venice by Laguna B.