Deirdre hosted a private event at our Kings Road Gallery last week to thank very special clients and collaborators.
The Athene Festival is an annual event which brings together leading figures from the UK and Chinese arts industries for five days with the aim of promoting and encouraging cultural exchange with China.
The festival culminates in the Athene Guild Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was held at the Guildhall, London last Friday.
Deirdre was surprised and delighted to receive the Arts Ambassador award for her work as a fine artist and award winning carpet designer. The award also acknowledges her broad contribution and support of the arts, which includes being an amateur opera singer and author and art collector, whilst Sir James Dyson also received the inaugural Master of Engineering Design award.
A very special evening acknowledging both Deirdre and James contribution to the arts, albeit in different areas.
Watch the film produced to accompany Deirdre’s award here.
We love revealing Deirdre’s new rug designs at Maison & Objet every January but by contrast, Deirdre’s annual UK collection launch, held here in the intimacy of our Kings Road gallery, is by far the highlight of our year.
The evening gives Deirdre a chance to catch up with valued friends of the brand as well as clients old and new and introduce her carpets in person whilst guests can touch and feel the incredible quality of the finished designs, see the lustre of the silk and the true colours which are always best viewed ‘in the flesh’.
This year’s collection inspired by the hues and patterns of birds and their feathers, is a riot of colour and contrast and provoked much admiration and discussion. As did Deirdre’s first carpet artwork, UNBOUND, created in a limited edition of three and intricately handwoven in 32 colours of wool and silk.
UNBOUND was recently included in The Luxury Cave launch event at the Design Museum and was so overwhelmingly well received that Deirdre is now working on another limited-edition wall piece, more details to be revealed soon.
Flowers by Clayton at Strudwick Flowers provided the perfect backdrop to the evening’s festivities. Deirdre had requested natural arrangements with fluid forms reflecting the designs on display and Clayton fulfilled this brief perfectly, picking up the reds in both HARLEQUIN and UNBOUND on the first floor and the golden and buttery tones of GOLDEN PHEASANT and BURLESQUE on the ground floor.
This year guests enjoyed lavender cocktails selected by Edison to compliment the purple found in Deirdre’s new QUILLS rug design, Champagne and Dyson wine together with delicious canapes by Aquashard such as mushroom arancini, steak tartare and mini fish and chips. Guests were extremely well looked after by Aquashard’s John Wiltshire and his team.
The gallery, designed by Architect Timothy Hatton (pictured) comes in to its own at night and the wonderful atmosphere led to a very special evening celebrating another stellar rug collection by Deirdre.