Designs on Chocolate is a collaborative project between leading designers and chocolatiers to create original sculptures made entirely from chocolate to represent London.
Tom Dixon has collaborated with Rococo to create The run down tower blocks of Brixton, while Lee Broom worked with William Curley to sculpt a replica ‘Tile Lamp’, Paul Cocksedge has used almost a thousand pieces from Hotel Chocolat’s range to create a wall-hanging QR code that interacts with the viewer and Faye Toogood has collaborated with Alex Mariz at Cocomaya to create Force of Nature, a bespoke reinterpretation of the ancient London Stone.
The four creations will be on show as part of Be Open Space at The Dock until Sunday 23rd September.
Force of Nature by Faye Toogood and Cocomaya
Faye Toogood has collaborated with the Alex Maritz of chocolatierCocomaya to create a bespoke reinterpretation of the ancient London Stone. The 900-year-old limestone relic is said to have formed part of an altar built by Brutus the Trojan, the mythological founder of London. Surrounding it is an ancient saying that reads: ‘So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish’.
Force of Nature draws on the magical powers of this relic. It is created from a sphere split perfectly, disrupting the perfect outer geometry and revealing the richness of the semi-precious chocolate stone. The inside is marbled and has an organic-formed cavity covered in crystallised geodes. The two halfspheres rest on a rough untempered-chocolate base.
Tile Lamp by Lee Broom and William Curley
Award-winning designer Lee Broom has teamed up with renowned chocolatier William Curley to create a truly unique piece. Inspired by Lee’s famous Tile Lamp, William and his team have created a replica lamp in solid chocolate. The tiles for Lee’s lamp are made by the factory which has produced the tiles for all the London Underground stations for the last hundred years. William Curley has taken a mould of Lee Broom’s trademark crest and created the lamp. The piece has a lampshade and a working
“Creating a design for something to be constructed from chocolate is completely new to me so as a designer who loves to work with unusual materials I jumped at the chance. As all of my products are produced in the UK and being a London designer I felt that reproducing one of my own designs in chocolate worked well with the London theme and a lighting product seemed the most challenging and surreal”.
Gift by Paul Cocksedge and Hotel Chocolat
Paul Cocksedge has used almost a thousand pieces from Hotel Chocolat’srange of exquisitely crafted chocolates to create a wall-hanging pattern that interacts with the viewer - to become something beyond itself.
“I wanted to leave these beautiful pieces of chocolate as they were, instead of creating an object simply to be looked at, and so losing the whole idea of taste”, Paul explained. “The true art of the chocolatier appeals to your palate as well as your eyes, and through the process of placing these exquisite pieces in various patterns, the project started to grow…
“ Closer inspection of “Gift” reveals how the project comes alive. Taking its visual cues from the Iconic chocolate box, this large, intricate and colourful mosaic also conceals a secret - a graphic object that has become a familiar sight in public spaces recently: a QR code - and a surprise gift when you
The QR code leads the visitor to the Hotel Chocolat website where they are rewarded with a voucher. Following a journey through London to the company’s flagship store in Covent Garden, the voucher can be exchanged for a complimentary, limited edition chocolate box, specially made for the London Design Festival 2012. The chocolate’s journey from eye to mouth has been completed!
Chocolate Metropolis by Tom Dixon and Rococo Chocolate
The run down tower blocks of Brixton, the ever present scaffolding and cranes and shiny new towers for the financial super-classes that jostle for dominance of the future skyline - all modelled, carved and moulded in Rococo’s finest chocolate.