Atelier Nash is the exclusive distributer of Richard Brendon in New Zealand.
Based in London, Richard Brendon was launched in 2013 with the intention of creating a contemporary and timeless tableware collection, produced entirely by master craftsmen and heritage industries around the world.
Richard Brendon works with some of the finest hotels, restaurants and interior designers around the world bringing fine bone china and crystal barware to a whole new audience. Stockists include Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman and Lane Crawford. Richard also designs and supplies hotels such as Rosewood, Four Seasons and Gleneagles.
Much like an artisan winemaker or distiller Richard cares deeply about the provenance of the products and is committed to working with, and supporting, the heritage craft industries that make the goods.
ABOUT THE MAN:
Richard is native to Notting Hill, London and attended design school while working at a pub on Portobello Road. Every Saturday morning Richard saw this well-known road burst into life, as antique dealers from far and wide descended on the market to peddle their wares. As a designer, Richard’s insatiable curiosity was piqued by the plethora of unusual objects that surrounded him.
Richard has had the opportunity to work with some of the finest British brands and expand his remit to include striking and modern designs in crystal barware and now the inspired Jancis Robinson partnership.
As well as being functionally perfect, the Jancis Robinson collection has been meticulously designed to look and feel refined, elegant and timeless. The curves from the wine glass run throughout the collection ensuring all of the pieces sit perfectly together. The ultra-fine, but remarkably strong, mouth-blown glass puts the wine drinker in intimate contact with the wine, while creating perfectly balanced pieces which cannot be matched by even the best machine-blown glass.
Jancis has shared the full story of how this small but perfectly formed collection of wine glassware came about in an article on her website, including her justification as to why one glass for all wine makes perfect practical sense. Read it here.
Each piece in the Jancis Robinson collection is expertly mouth-blown in an area of Europe where the craft has been perfected over hundreds of years. The glassblowers are masters in their field and it was imperative they had the skill to make glass as fine and light as Richard and Jancis required for the collection.
“The trickiest bit was getting the quality and weight of the products just right,” says Richard Brendon. “Our glass producer initially struggled to get the weight of the glass as light as we required because they had never produced a collection this fine before. We went through many rounds of prototypes, which Jancis and I reviewed together, to ensure we delivered a final product that met every single one of our requirements perfectly.
“That our glassblowers persevered, and very quickly learned how to make the pieces perfectly, is a real testament to their phenomenal skill and dedication to the final vision we all shared.” adds Brendon.