At J Rotherham, we have a great deal of respect for British heritage. Having been established in 1927 and retained much of the masonry expertise from this period, our company understands how hard it is to keep in touch with your roots while working in the constant flux of the modern marketplace.
Our recent collaboration Harrods was a chance to combine our own expertise with one of the best-known and prestigious department stores in the world.
As part of a new second-floor kitchen display and in collaboration with world-renowned German manufacturer Siematic, we created a quartz worktop featuring a unique inlaid checkerboard design and, most notably, a bespoke marble champagne trough perfect for entertaining guests.
By using cutting-edge technology as well as drawing on the art and design of the past, we hope to have created a timeless kitchen fitting with a practical function as well as undeniable aesthetic appeal.
This wasn’t just an opportunity to showcase our top-end design skills and create a unique kitchen fitting – it also allowed us to work with one of the UK’s most respected brands.
Located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, Harrods is the biggest department store in Europe and was first established in 1824, although not in its current location.
It employed hundreds of people by the end of the 19th century and even then had a reputation for providing luxury goods to London’s booming population.
What’s more, Harrods also has a connection with the kind of innovative design we celebrate at J Rotherham. In 1898, it debuted England’s first “moving staircase”, a conveyor belt-like unit with a mahogany balustrade.
Although nervous customers had to be offered a reviving sip of brandy after travelling on the contraption, its early adoption indicates the interest the groundbreaking store has in top-end architecture and design.
Unique champagne trough
The most striking feature of our quartz worktop is its bespoke champagne trough, which was inspired by the 17th century Ribera masterpiece of Silenus.
For homeowners keen to host parties and impress guests, a bespoke trough for their champagne is a great choice.
We feel that our neo-classical design, planned and carried out by a number of experienced master craftsmen, really takes out offering to another level.
Later in the year, we are planning to launch a Gemini Quartz Mythology series of worktops, which will offer a host of benefits, not least the incredible durability and resistance of the material.
Although it will be shaped to resemble marble or limestone, quartz is a considerably more pragmatic choice for the kitchen. Because of its resistance to scratching, heat and shock, it is almost impossible to damage; it will also cope well with spillages and stains.
Combining the contemporary with the classical is one of our trademarks, and this product will certainly do that. Inspired by ancient Greek legends, it should also add a veneer of sophistication to your kitchen fittings.
Silenus and Greek mythology
Many people have heard of Dionysus, the wine-god often cited as the master of revelry and debauchery. However, his teacher Silenus remains relatively obscure.
Silenus was described as the oldest, wisest and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, and was said in Orphic hymns to be the young god’s tutor.
The main inspiration for our neo-classical design was a 1626 oil painting by acclaimed Neapolitan artist Jusepe de Ribera, depicting the mythological figure lounging with his fellow Dionysians.
As byword for celebration and excitement, the Greek god (and his followers, such as Silenus) seemed an appropriate adornment to a fitting that we hope will play a role in many parties and events lighting up your home throughout the years.
Why not take a trip to Harrods and browse the array of luxury goods on offer, as well as checking out our collaboration with Siematic on the second floor?
If you’re interested in a quartz worktop, get in touch with us for more details – prices start from £175 per square metre.
Bespoke champagne troughs are also available, although we’ll need to consult with you before suggesting a price.
If you want to give your kitchen a unique and luxurious ambience, look no further.