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Richard Brendon and His Beautiful Broken Cup Journey



While attending design school, Richard Brendon worked in a pub on Portobello road. Walking around, Richard saw a lot of antique saucers being sold, but not a lot of cups. Why? Because teacups break more frequently. Richard decided he wanted to make these beautiful orphan saucers valuable again. Richard’s idea was to produce mirrored cups to sit on the antique saucers, allowing the pattern to be reflected in the cup, and thus uniting them as a perfect couple. After a trip to Stoke-on-Trent, and a couple of prototypes later, Richard was ready to exhibit his idea at his graduate design exhibition. To his surprise, his simple idea received critical acclaim, and Richard was soon supplying many of the most prestigious retailers in the world.


Richard Brendon has just designed the afternoon tea service for the new Four Seasons Hotel, Ten Trinity Square, London. The building, which is now home to this grand hotel, was erected in 1924 by the Port Authority of London. Therefore, it is only fitting that the design for the china was inspired by the site’s rich heritage of global trade and nautical navigation. The collection also takes elements from the building’s magnificent neoclassical architecture.


Each piece of Richard Brendon’s new collection is framed with a Greek Key border in burnished gold and ebony, while the centre features a nautical compass with gold pinstripes radiating outwards. A map of the world can be found on the back of the plates, with a dotted gold line depicting the route formerly taken by tea clippers transporting their goods between China and London. This tea service is of the highest quality, and entirely handmade by master craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Richard Brendon is one of our exciting finds, a young brand with a beautiful journey, which started with a broken cup and ended in Four Seasons London.

Photos courtesy of Esther Rulli and the BLUE RIBBON Company

About the author: Esther Rulli is the founder of BLUE RIBBON Company, a supplier of 140 luxury homewares brands. The Blue Ribbon Company can be visited online at http://www.theblueribboncompany.com and followed on:

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