The West London crowd gathered at Straker’s at 91 Golborne Road, which was deemed “impossible” to get a booking among the guests gathered for the launch of jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s latest creative project with Rebecca Marks of Green Wolf Lighting for a range of small table lamps made of hand-blown Murano glass.
Having launched a series of cylinder-shaped lamps earlier, Marks called up her friend Azagury-Partridge when she was exploring new ideas for the second and more artistic iteration. The result was five rechargeable and waterproof table lamps with jewel-like glass artwork — Eden, sun, cloud, rainbow, and home — inside.
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Marks said she went to different master glass blowers in the Venetian lagoon to create the perfect replication of Azagury-Partridge’s sketches. She added that these would be perfect decorations for bookshelves and in kid’s bedrooms as night lights.
Available in a numbered edition of 1,000, the lamps are available at the Solange Azagury-Partridge boutique on Chilworth Street, as well as on the website of Green Wolf Lighting and Abask, the interior platform founded by former Matchesfashion founder Tom Chapman and Nicolas Pickaerts.
Azagury-Partridge, who is working on a coffee table book with Rizzoli that’s coming out at the end of 2024, and Marks first worked together in 2020 to create a maximalist display for a sale at Christie’s London that included paintings by Peter Blake, Tamara De Lempicka, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miró.
On Tuesday evening, guests including fashion designer Phoebe Philo, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” star Isla Fisher, artist Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and painter Rocco Ritchie, feasted on canapes from the kitchen of Straker’s, including signature flatbreads, crab toast, and pumpkin fritti.
Before launching her design practice Green Wolf Studio, Marks worked as a film producer. She now works with a range of clients such as Claridge’s, Aerin Lauder, Daylesford, Taschen, and The National Gallery to produce creative projects across interiors, hospitality, art, lighting, fashion, beauty, and publishing.
Azagury-Partridge went from designing jewelry out of her tiny, boudoir-like shop in Notting Hill to creative director for Boucheron, having been tapped for that post by Tom Ford, who was then co-leading what was then Gucci Group.
In 2008, she sold her brand to luxury conglomerate Labelux, which embarked on a major retail rollout with the vision of turning her small, design-led label into a mega-brand — which was never going to work. She bought back 100 percent of her business in 2012 and has since set about reshaping the brand to suit herself.
In 2016, she went back to her roots as a neighborhood designer-jeweler by downsizing from the 5,000-square-foot flagship that she opened on Carlos Place in Mayfair in 2013 to the current 700-square-foot location done in velvet jewel tones, stained glass, and neon.
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