Dover Street Magic


I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The windy and stormy weather on Saturday was the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon lounging around the house catching up on reading and Downton episodes. I have to confess I love these types of days and it was the perfect compliment to my Friday afternoon spent exploring the beautiful streets of Mayfair. One of my highlights was coming across the beautiful Bocci lighting installation at the headquarters of Mallett antiques at Ely House on Dover Street. 

Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week

The Vancouver-based lighting company, Bocci collaborated with Mallett for the London Design Festival in September last year with both exterior and interior installations. The intention of the installation was to blur the boundaries between antique and contemporary design and I have to say the result is extraoridnary. Ely House was built in 1772 for the Bishop of Ely and is a very grand and elegant townhouse. The external glass orbs contain growing succulents, hanging in irregular order which I find both magical and whimsical.

Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week
Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week

Two chandeliers were designed, one for the front room and the other for the spiral staircase. The central staircase chandelier is been made from 120 irregular glass forms coated in nickel and suspended on aircraft wires. The second creation is situated in the front room and can be seen from the street. I sits above a marble table of which it's proportions and colour inspired the form of chandelier

Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week
Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week
Bocci Mallett at Ely House, Dover Street, London Design week

Images courtesy of Bocci and Mallett, Photography by Gwenael Lewis