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appy New Year! As the year has whizzed by faster than you can say Jiminy Cricket, we’ve decided to usher in 2018 with an issue to remember. If you really want to kick-start your year by discovering some of the most luxurious and innovative products London has to offer, here’s the place to start. This issue we are featuring the illustrious Satkeer Catering as our spotlight worthy star, not only are they London’s paramount Indian cuisine catering service, but we’re sure their inspirational story will be an insightful read to many. Other points of interest to check in with in this edition include an introduction to the trail-blazing House of Elrick, (a premium gin that is fast losing it’s status as Scotland’s best kept secret.) and don’t forget the unforgettable billiard tables supplied by Sir William Bentley Billiards, currently tipped as the top trend for 2018 and fast establishing it’s reputation as the UK’s top creators and restorers of billiard, snooker, and pool tables. Last but certainly not least, earn the ultimate brownie points this year with our infinitely helpful top ten guide to Valentine’s gifts, for him and for her. Enjoy!
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A premium spirit
born from an Enlightened past
Nestled away in the lowlands of
garden at the heart of the grounds, which is
Aberdeenshire, the House of Elrick
to provide the back drop of a new fine dining
Estate is one steeped in a rich and
restaurant, and can also be found growing
captivating history. Built in 1720 at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment, its development and story were formed at a time when philosophy,
at Balmoral, having been gifted to the Her Majesty’s estate by a previous owner. Through her early years the Elrick estate witnessed the rise and fall of the infamous ‘Gin Craze’, which saw the increased availability of
literature, the arts and medicine were
gin send Great Britain into a drinking frenzy.
rapidly advancing. Passing ownership
After the Gin Acts of 1751, the craze began to
only 5 times in the last 3 centuries,
diminish and ‘respectable’ gin distilling was
the legacy of its past owners still hangs in the modest hallways, now being restored by its current owner. The original owners of the estate, entrepreneurial farmers, often visited Florence, Italy – an area already swept by the European Enlightenment earlier in the 18th
The Laird’s Negroni
encouraged, positioning Scottish distilleries at the forefront of production where many whisky distillery and bottling factories were already in place. Today, House of Elrick is looking to continue the pedigree of Scottish distilling by building the new House of Elrick distillery at the centre of the estate, complete with handmade copper still, currently being smithed in Elgin.
century. On their return they brought back
The first, and flagship, product from House of
with them the fuel of lively discussions and
Elrick is House of Elrick Gin – a small batch
debate from some of the most respected
botanical gin distilled by hand in batches of
creative, philosophical and scientific minds
600 bottles per run, which means the Master
of the time, and encouraged the same from
Distiller can maintain control over every
the many guests who passed through their
single bottle that leaves the distillery. The
home. This encouragement to express
dried Botanicals are hand chosen before each
free-thinking over blind faith saw a number
distillation and the resulting artisan gin is
of creative and maverick individuals pass
without a shadow of a doubt, one of the finest
through their doors. Later the house was to
available. Botanicals are a light complement
be visited by Charles Edward Stuart, (Bonnie
of juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and
Prince Charlie – The Young Pretender) who
citrus peel, built around a core of heather,
gifted the Jacobite rose to the estate. It can
pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose
still be found growing in the beautiful walled
petals, heavily inspired by the grounds and
30 ml of House of Elrick Gin, 25 ml of campari and 25 ml of La Quintinye Vermouth Royal over large ice cubes with gratings of orange zest. Smoke a lowball glass with cinnamon, and strain the mixture directly into the glass. Finish by garnishing with fresh heather wrapped in a twist of orange zest.
wild countryside surrounding the Estate. As
refreshing drink. But if you are looking for
refreshing as it is aromatic, House of Elrick
something a little more elegant and want to
supplying glass packaging and closures for
Gin is the only spirit made with purified
test your mixology skills, look no further than
close to a century – to manufacture a fitting
water from Loch Ness. The resulting taste
The Laird’s Negroni. This renowned classic
bottle for such a premium liquid. In making
profile provides a fresh, yet earthy and bold
blends 30 ml of House of Elrick Gin, 25 ml of
the primary packaging for the House of Elrick
infusion of flavours that can be enjoyed over
campari and 25 ml of La Quintinye Vermouth
Gin brand, Croxsons used the 700ml Little
ice or as part of a beautifully crafted cocktail,
Royal over large ice cubes with gratings of
Pasha bottle design with a stopper cork. The
recipes for which you can find on the House
orange zest. Smoke a lowball glass with
glass has been given a dark, navy blue and
of Elrick website and across social channels.
cinnamon, and strain the mixture directly
matte finish whilst the text on the bottle has
into the glass. Finish by garnishing with fresh
been printed in a sophisticated silver. Making
heather wrapped in a twist of orange zest.
it as much of a showpiece to have on your
Our favourite? The Gracious Gardener’s Gimlet. Use 60 ml of Elrick’s Gin over 15 ml of lime cordial with a fresh lime or lemon
House of Elrick has teamed up with the
slice to garnish for a delicious, sour, and
Surrey based Croxsons – a family owned
gin shelf as the liquid inside.
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Maintaining professional standards London Lux sits down with business mogul Rashpal Nandhray to find out how he has turned Satkeer Catering into the multiple award-winning organisation it is today.
By Daniel Moore
usiness boss Rashpal Nandhray is a successful
sizes, from small firms to large corporate organisations.
entrepreneur and proud owner of Satkeer Catering –
In fact, his expertise in customer service and events
One of the UK’s top Indian wedding and events caterers,
management spans well over 20 years. “I started in
located in East London.
the entertainment industry back in 1991 setting up an
Only five years into service, the organisation has already picked up multiple accolades for its prestige food, attention to detail and five star customer service going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their clients’ experience is an enjoyable and memorable one. Some of Rashpal’s notable achievements include
entertainment company with my friends called, ‘LSD Roadshow’”, Rashpal recalled, “Around this time when I was 16, I continued organising events and eventually progressed into the club scene. The more I got used to the events side, the more I enjoyed it.” “The company just grew throughout the years. Around
winning Most Popular Catering
the millennium, we expanded
and went into event management
Industry Experts Awards 2016, as well as claiming trophies for Outstanding Service in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In addition to this, the caterer made it to the top 10 in London for the British Asian
The quick rise to success comes down to Rashpal’s drive and ambition, coupled with his extensive experience...
and planning, so our clients would come to us and we would organise
theming and decor, cakes and limos to be delivered to their venues. This is when we started dealing and working alongside
competing with the best of the
more caterers in the industry and
best in the industry.
where I learnt a lot from them on
The quick rise to success comes down to Rashpal’s drive
how to manage more events on a professional level.”
and ambition, coupled with his extensive experience in
During this time, the businessman was keen to restore
co-ordinating functions for businesses of all shapes and
‘quality’ back into a field he felt was dropping, primarily
Satkeer Catering’s professional waiting team
Satkeer Catering Head Chef, Jay Chohan
Rashpal Nandhray - CEO and founder with hostesses Louisa Zarina Khan & Jaqueline Mota
Rashpal Nandhray with founding partner Polly Nandhray
on behalf of some of the larger players. Speaking
I’m hoping one day they will eventually take over
about his earlier findings, he said, “I wasn’t happy with
the business,” he continued, “We decided to combine
how some of the bigger companies were going. They
their names together because if the name was made
were dealing with more production food attempting
up, it wouldn’t mean as much to us. Satkeer Catering
to do around 1500 – 1600 covers a day for three or four
has such a powerful meaning to us because we’re a
functions, ” he added, “Bespoke menus, excellent food
family business. This is what motivates us to maintain
and attention to detail, that’s what the client wants
a high level of standard. It’s our future, my nephew and
and what they’re paying for,
son”, adding that his wife, sister
but this is what I found the
and niece also work alongside the
industry wasn’t providing to them at the time.” To reinstate this work ethic, Satkeer Catering was built on its core values of, ‘Quality, Innovation, and
Satkeer Catering was built on its core values of, ‘Quality, Innovation, Professionalism and Customer Satisfaction’
which has propelled it into the spotlight and shaped the
entrepreneur, adding that personal touch to the business. To ensure high standards are upheld, the entrepreneur employs the best chefs whom assist with sourcing the finest A-listed ingredients to deliver exquisite Indian Punjabi, Chinese and English cuisine to clients and their guests. Together
business into the thriving establishment it is today.
with the owner’s professional bank of Event Managers,
However, the company name signifies the main driving
bar staff, hostesses and waitresses, clients can be rest
force and what the business is ultimately about, family.
assured they are in professional hands from beginning
Rashpal elaborated, “The name came about from the
to end, whether their event is a sit down meal, buffet
birth of my nephew Satinder and my son Harkeerat.
or silver spoon theme. “Once you sign the contract
and pay the deposit, we are all yours for that day. You’re
Chicken, Achari Lamb and Achari Paneer, which
guaranteed my whole team will be on hand to ensure
Rashpal describes as a ‘unique twist’, that have proven
your event is orchestrated to perfection,” Rashpal added.
to become popular dishes based on customer feedback.
The customer’s journey begins with a food tasting from
“We’re always experimenting with new dishes to add to our menus,” Rashpal replied,
a variety of freshly prepared vegetarian and non-vegetarian traditional
Whether it’s hosting for 100 or 500+ guests, the caterer has an eclectic range of bespoke packages to accommodate all budgets but more importantly, exceed expectations each and every time. Clients can also discuss catering options with the
“We’ve introduced those to the
“We’re trying to stay ahead of the competition and always want to make sure that everything we produce is a quality product.”
market and they’re becoming quite popular, which are quite different to the Chicken Masala, by giving it a bit of a twist. We’re trying to stay ahead of the competition and always want to make sure that everything we produce is a quality product.” Satkeer
into the corporate companies
mogul’s event organisers about
any dietary requirements they
may have and how they would like the food presented
many firms who are keen to sink their teeth into its
on the day.
delicious Punjabi cuisine. July 2017 saw the caterer
Providing further insight, Rashpal said, “We’ve expanded in such a way that we’ve gone into the British market. A lot of British couples are turning to Indian food and they come to us with a preset menu of what they got when they went to a restaurant. They want
take to the royal streets of Mayfair for the renowned Anna Mazzotta exhibition, where it served up mouthwatering Punjabi dishes and canapés that went down a treat amongst the famous caricature artist and her exclusive guests.
Onion Bhajis, Samosas and Chicken Tikka Masala, but
Aside from art exhibitions, the organisation has
once we’ve done a food tasting with them, the whole
acquired many clients in the film and music industry
menu changes” adding that customers will not only
by making regular trips to production studios across
walk out with their traditional English dishes, but will
the country to ensure staff and actors are fed properly
leave with some traditional Punjabi dishes they may
behind the scenes. Another notable event for Rashpal
have not otherwise selected.
was hosting a wedding event for the owner of 15-piece
To remain fresh and competitive, new canapés and dishes are often added to the menu, but are rigorously
band ‘Down for the Count,’ that even has the group’s inner circle requesting his services.
tried and tested first before receiving the green flag.
Although food plays a fundamental role in the
One of the latest additions to the menu includes Achari
business, it is not the bread and butter of it; in fact,
25 Satkeer Catering provides a number of other services
and rice dishes served with a small bitesize naan bread.
to make sure all the client’s requirements are met.
The experience will end with a selection of desserts.
Wedding cars, DJ and magicians are a few of many
The idea is for your guests to stay at the event and enjoy
within the itinerary, along with, dancers, singers and
mixologists. “We can basically put your whole event together”, Rashpal remarked. “We can even get a horse and carriage together for you. We also do Photobooth Hire and customers can now take advantage of our new in-house bakery, launched in January 2017.” In 2018, the caterer will launch a canapé concept based around the principles of a three-course meal for everyone to enjoy. Explaining the reasons behind the initiative, Rashpal said, “At the corporate events
For those interested in making an enquiry or booking can do so by heading over to Satkeer Caterings website (satkeercatering.com) where they can browse the company’s delicacies while checking out a broad selection of venues and affiliates for that special day. Alternatively, customers can get in touch by phoning 07958 941034 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling.
we do, we want people to come there, enjoy the event
As Rashpal looks into another busy year ahead, he
and at the same time, enjoy the food. The three-course
will make certain that his professional team uphold
canapé concept will start with a selection of vegetarian
the company’s core principles engrained into the
and non-vegetarian starters served for around 30
business since day one while continuing to bring more
minutes, followed by your main course, which will be
innovative dishes to the table with a unique twist on
a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries
classic Indian cuisine.
Deep in the heart of south London lies The
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bar and restaurant, that has maintained
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bar with its own trademark drinks, which
ago the family owners purchased the
utilise only the best ingredients, while the
property next door and expanded their
other houses an incredible restaurant
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the ability to hold over 150 guests. The
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venturing that side of the Thames.
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patrons and they’ve been regularly
its local heritage over the years. Taking it’s name from the archaic
open until 2:30 in the morning. One plays home to a swanky cocktail
keeping them happy over the years, all through the day in all seasons, right into the late hours. If you are feeling social and sophisticated on the weekends then the Vinyl Bar on the lower floors is the place to be, as they play host to smooth jazz music, as well as deep and soulful house, all while their friendly and experienced bar staff serve the finest beers, wines spirits and champagne such as Dom Perignon, Ace Of Spades, Laurent Perrier and Bollinger. VIP tables are also available on request. Sleek and sexy decor lines The Hamlet and asserts it as a go to for anybody looking for some amazing, local and organic food, or just some incredible beverages. Some local favourites from their quality menu caters to all sorts of taste buds include their special lamb shank, mouthwatering sea bass, succulent steaks and gorgeous chicken
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Makers & restorers of the world’s most beautiful Billiard, Snooker & Pool tables. Hand-crafted in the UK. With nearly 40 years of experience, Sir William Bentley Billiards are experts in antique billiards and are the designers and creators of some of the world’s most desirable billiard, snooker and pool tables. They are a family-run business who began their business with the restoration, renovation and reproduction of Antique billiard tables and have now become globally renowned for the beauty and attention to detail of their bespoke Pool & Snooker tables, dual-purpose dining or conference tables, lighting and Accessories. Their showrooms are nestled away in the beautiful countryside on the borders of Berkshire and Wiltshire, and house many Antique Billiard tables alongside contemporary and classic tables, handmade in the adjacent workshops.
A visit to Marten is a great opportunity to see the craftsmen at work, to enjoy the processes of design, carving, marquetry, veneering, inlaying, polishing, metal and wood working, and to appreciate for yourself the skills involved in the creation of each table. The highly skilled craftsmen at their workshops in Marten, pride themselves on an international reputation for excellence in design. The bespoke nature of their unparalleled work offers a truly personal service to every client, promising the creation of unique and beautiful tables, matched to your own, individual specifications. Whether you want a dual-purpose-dining table or
simply a stunning fixed height table, and whatever your preferred game, it’s important to choose the ideal size of table for your room, taking into consideration the aesthetic and the space you’ll need for cueing. The tables’ finishes, attention to detail and quality are subject to the inspiration and scrutiny of their discerning and demanding audience, and their inspiration has also led to their designs becoming increasingly elegant and exquisite – fusing elements of previous designs and detailing to complement the designer’s interior decor and create something new. With more than a generation of experience in the restoration and reproduction of fine
31 Antique Billiard tables, they are still a key part of Sir William Bentley’s business. Many of their tables are in pristine condition and on display in their showroom while others are waiting to be meticulously restored by the same craftsmen that make their bespoke designs. For example, they have a striking mahogany table with Sheraton style inlay which was made by Thurston & Co and was the personal table of Joe Davis OBE – the undefeated world Snooker Champion from 1927 - 1947. It is on display in their showrooms, with a matching Scoreboard/Drinks Cabinet, awaiting its next lucky owner. The Joe Davis Table will in fact be put on display at the London Classic Car show from the beginning of February. Sir William Bentley are especially wellknown for dual-purpose Pool-Dining or Snooker-Dining tables, and their precisionengineered mechanisms transform top quality, slate bed playing tables into truly arresting dining tables, seating up to 20 people. Each table is hand-crafted to suit your very own style of interior décor.
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Sir William Bentley Billiards commitment is to provide you with whatever accessories, furniture and lighting you require – and so they’ve made everything from dining chairs & benches, through gothic panelling, ornate They also can make great Boardroom or Scoreboard Marker and matching Drinks Conference tables. Your first choice when cabinets, to console tables with drawers or creating one of these is the mechanism – hinged lids – or simply to extend their dining Rollover, Wind-up or Air-lift. For the larger tables when the dinner tables, the playing slate party gets big. Their precisionis raised to playing height and then can be lowered engineered mechanisms There is also the option again for dining. Either of renting out some of transform top quality, a large brass handle is the pool or dual purposeinserted to effortlessly slate bed playing tables dining tables, as many wind the Empire Wind- into truly arresting boutique and luxury hotels up mechanism, or push dining tables, seating choose to. They add a buttons electronically quirky edge to a customer’s actuate the pneumatic up to 20 people dining experience, as well Air-lift system. Being the as being a commanding centrepiece to any innovative company they are, they have room that it is placed in. If a table is rented even made tables that raise from coffee from Sir William Bentley Billiards, they will table height to dining height at the press of have a maintenance team on call to service a button, and, with a second press, elevate it the table if any other issues arise. to playing height. They are available to work with your own designer or you can work with one of their specialised interior designers. Lighting is a key element to the interior design of any
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n life as in my paintings I am deeply inspired by
nature. Because I love and respect nature so much, I try to protect it by showing its beauty on my canvases. Ever since I was a child, from my first drawings, nature appears as a leitmotif profoundly meaningful to me. I let my imagination to be exhilarated by it and to develop fully into the serenity of my paintings. I use both organic and inorganic media -- they merge on the canvas -- they stay alive and recycle. Everything that is shiny in my art symbolizes the walk into a fantastic world where the fairy tales come alive and all of the elements of the universe intertwine. As I paint, (strong colors, bright red, bright gold, deep blue), I represent my imagination as it crosses into another dimension.
Fire Acrylic on canvas; 91 x 122 cm; 2006. Exhibited at Gabriel Fine Art Gallery in London. To be featured In January issue of British Vogue. Received the Excellence Award at an international art competition in Lyon.
It happens often when I go to bed that I have colors, images, bits of nature and life in my mind. Many times I dream about what I will paint the next day -- the raving beauty of the nature, her colors, her textures – she guides me when I paint. The special technique of painting that I utilize gives my dreams and my soul the freedom to flow onto the canvas -- to represent the beauty of nature all around me -- to be at peace with the world.
www.biancaturner.com Forever fireworks Mixed media (acrylic and glitter) on canvas; 20 x 25 cm; 2017. The funds raised from the sales of this painting and the entire “Life’s a beach” Collection were donated to a charitable cancer foundation.
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Based in Denmark Hill, South London, the illustrious GX Gallery has long been providing a space for the world’s leading artists to display their latest cutting edge works. The Gx Gallery is proud to sell Bohemian Crystal, a grand collection of unique innovative glass sculptures by the Czech Republic’s most respected Grand Masters: Vlastimil Beránek and Jaroslav Prošek, alongside work by a younger artist, Michaela Smrček. The Czech Republic is world famous for its glass and Bohemian Crystal. Primarily produced in the regions of Bohemia and Silesia, it has a history dating back to the 13th century, as the oldest archaeological excavations of Bohemian Glass making sites can be dated back to 1250 in the Lusatian mountains. Czech glass and crystal-ware has long been known to be a prestigious product with wealthy aristocracy. Even Elizabeth of Russia was known to possess some. The Czech Republic still stands today as the international leader in crystal art and craftsmanship. The region still boasts numerous internationally renowned glass studios and art schools who use techniques and manufacture steeped in the centuries old tradition, while still finessing the ancient art. GX Gallery is exclusive in being the only gallery in London to showcase and stock the work. Vlastimil Beránek is known for his stimulating artwork made with molten glass to form enormous, long sculptures that demand attention wherever they are installed. Vlastimil comes from a long heritage of glass makers, his family establishing their very own glassworks at Škrdlovice in the 1940s. Educated and trained by the famous Professor Libenský at the Prague Academy of Applied Arts, he discovered his preferred method of expression through nebulous, towering glass structures. However, glass and its size is only half of what makes his art so captivating.
Michaela Smrček “Trees”
37 The colours and stains he uses in his work, makes the light morph and mutate into beautiful iridescent patterns. The way the glass is shaped means that his pieces look completely different from every angle. The sheer magnitude of these works has earned him the recognition of creating the world’s largest sculpture formed from just one piece of glass. His sculpture ‘Endless’ is a twisting ultramarine ring, which is reminiscent of the endless cycle of nature. Another artist in the Bohemian Crystal collection is the unparalleled Jaroslav Prošek. His creation of complex structures from a variety of different materials has put him to the forefront of his field. He first discovered the craft as his passion in the workshops of Jan Frydrych and Vlastimil Beránek, where he first had contact with the medium. It was here, immediately after he graduated from secondary school, that he started his first job crafting crystal chandeliers. In 2010 at the age of 30, he started an independent career as an artist. Not confined to just glass, he also creates using wood, steel, and marble. This marriage of such differing textures means his sculptures are truly unique which has earned him the global recognition he has today.
Michaela Smrček “Moon”
The third artist featured in the collection is Michaela Smrček. Michaela Smrček’s glass sculptures are inspired by nature and are unique works created by pouring molten glass into moulds. Her sculptures reflect her relationships and opinions within society: her life, her relationships, her attitudes, and her religion. Vlastimil Beránek “Endless”
The pieces are all unique works and not editions. Available from the GX gallery, they are both significant and stylish. The works are bought and sought after by the highest echelons of society. The pieces would look at home adorning a grand hallway, their minimal yet somehow complex designs, eschewing calmness and humility, demand the attention of large scale rooms. For more information on the GX Gallery or the Bohemian Crystal collection, go to www.gxgallery.com
Michaela Smrček “Aquamarine tree”
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COSY LOUNGE ATMOSPHERE WITH LUCIO WALL LAMP
Siggi Anton comes from a land of stark contrasts. In the summer, it is constantly light, in winter, there is almost 24 hours of darkness. But with the darkness, comes unparalleled beauty. After the sun has set, the iridescent shimmerings of the Northern Lights slither and pounce across the sky before eventually giving way to moonlit nights, where the light bounces off of the snow to make the ground seem like it was forged from silver. Being in love with the country he is from, Siggi wondered how to move these beautiful experiences inside the home.
So he designed the Lucio Wall Lamp. A mix of classical and contemporary design, these 12 mirrors are mounted upon a black LED backlit frame. Whilst the mirrors act as a canvas for the surroundings, the frame will help whichever room it is placed in transition from day to night with its cool, comforting glow. This provides a cosy experience which is akin to sitting by a fire. As well as having the dual function of being a nightlight, as children and adults both desire a few dim lights around if they need to get out of bed at night. Siggi sees the Lucio: ‘connecting rooms, transmitting light whether day or night, and offering a new experience every day, in different seasons and weather conditions, and in all kinds of spaces, from all kinds of angles. I like it particularly at sunset, witnessing the rays of sunlight playing around in the room, and then all of a sudden realizing that the piece on the wall is like an eclipse, a silhouette reflecting the cozy atmosphere of the dimly lit living room I’m sitting in.’
‘Art must be organic, design must be practical.’ says Siggi. ‘With this piece, I strove to create a balance: between art and design, between modern and classical.’ Unlike some paintings, the Lucio does not exclude or clash with other pieces in a room. Though it is both modern and asymmetrical, it’s reflective qualities make it a complementary accent for more classical pieces as well. Its individual form has sparked much discussion. An owner of a Lucio once told Siggi that the piece’s design reminded him of water puddles on an icelandic beach’s black, volcanic sands. Owners of the Lucio describe the piece as a timeless classic, a family heirloom that would accompany them no matter where they moved to. Where most other furniture comes and goes, the Lucio will always keep its place.
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Where art meets design in modern contemporary style. The LED backlit LUCIO MIRROR transforms from a decorative mirror sculpture to a cosy wall lamp as the daylight reflected in the mirrors fades and the backlit frame silhouette emerges in the dark.
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