Zoe Bradley Impresses Team GB British House at Rio Olympics with Huge Paper Chandelier

ZOE BRADLEY & TEAM GB BRITISH HOUSE 

We are only into Day 5 at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and @TeamGB have edged ahead of their Olympic medal haul from London 2012. The sunny feel good factor emanating from Brazil is a welcome tonic to our dull British summer back home. Naturally the team at Zoe Bradley have another reason to be cheerful along with Team GB bringing back the medal hardware from Brazil, as we celebrate with them over at British House Rio, where the athletes and invited guests can take some much need time out and enjoy the historic house’s temporary refit with comfortable furnishings from a host of British brands.

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In case you have missed it (our advice is to simply look up) on entering up from the steps to the impressive entrance, you are faced with a huge circular chandelier. Its bright, its cheerful and will hopefully only add to the warm celebratory glow of those fortunate enough to visit Team GB’s British House.
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Close up detail of the hundreds of hand curled paper petals that make up the cascading paper chandelier in Team GB’s British House. Photo credit: Nina Pennick
We were delighted to take on this very special commission when Zoe Bradley was asked to design and create a chandelier that was ‘colourful, inspiring, something that evoked a celebration’.
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Zoe Bradley paper ring chandelier hanging in the entrance of British House, Parque Lage, Rio de Janerio Brazil.
We understand athletes and guest’s have been impressed by the scale of the hundreds of drops of brightly coloured flowers. The hand curled paper flower heads, based on the local Bougainvillea plant, was created and made from our studio in Wales UK and exported to Rio. Each day it gives us a smile and a sense of true patriotism as the coverage of @teamGB hard work and achievements get the rewards and recognition they all so deserve.
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The colourful chandelier made up of hundreds of hand curled paper flowers hangs in the entrance to British House, Rio Brazil. Photo Credit: Nina Pennick
Realising this large scale hanging piece, required long hours, attention to detail, execution of finish and an impressive presentation. These same qualities reflect the dedication from our own talented athletes, yet it would be churlish to compare an athletes years of hard work and determination with our own efforts of raising the chandelier in British House. We however, are incredibly proud and privileged to be a part of this global sporting event in Rio and wish every athlete that has to walk under our  chandelier that it gives each and every one an extra bit of luck and inspiration to go out and enjoy their Olympic experience.
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Zoe Bradley creates huge paper chandelier for Team GB British House in Rio

ZOE BRADLEY CREATES HUGE CHANDELIER FOR TEAM GB

Some weeks ago, Zoe Bradley Design studio was asked to design and create a paper sculpture for Team GB’s hospitality venue in Rio de Janerio for the Olympic Games. Known as British House, the venue is to provide a relaxed sanctuary for Team GB and their VIP guest’s away from the sporting venue’s.

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It’s not the sort of commission you get everyday, while at least not for every four years. Bradley set to work on designing a show stopping large floral chandelier to celebrate Team GB’s new home in Rio. It was certainly a challenge! The studio had to cut and curl hundreds of flowers with less than 4 weeks until the structure had to be shipped from London to Rio.
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The entrance to British House in Parque Lage situated opposite the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
‘I wanted to create a piece that celebrated the rich tropical colours that are synonymous with Brazil, and capture the exotic nature of the host country’s flowers.’ comments Bradley. The design studio was poised to create something quite special. It required Bradley’s renowned paper sculpting skills to produce a floral chandelier on an Olympic scale.
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Artistic rendering of how the paper floral chandler will appear.
‘I wanted the floral chandelier to engulf the space and draw you into the building, which can be viewed from many angles. I want the athletes and guests to be inspired and uplifted as they walk through the entrance.’ says Bradley
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Hundreds of paper flower garlands waiting to be hand curled.
The result was a dense cascading paper floral chandelier that will take pride of place in the entrance to the impressive Parque Lage building. Inspired by Rio’s native Bougainvillea plant, the design has been created from over 2500 hand curled flowers in fuchsia pink, burnt orange, deep violet, lilac, and, of course, gold to symbolise the ultimate achievement. Hundreds of florals cascade down from three separate circular rings inside one another. The piece measures 2.5 metres in diameter and 2.8 metres in hanging length.
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The final Zoe Bradley Paper Chandelier ready to be raised up
Zoe Bradley’s work is aimed at bringing awareness to cultural events, and she believes that art can enhance environments in which we work and live. Bradley recognises ‘This is a great opportunity to take a contemporary art installation outside the usual gallery walls. Hanging the chandelier at the entrance to Team GB British House I hope, will provide a warm and uplifting welcome to the athletes and invited guest’s over the coming weeks.’

Zoe Bradley Creates a Couture Style Paper Gown for London Design Week

ZOE BRADLEY & LONDON DESIGN WEEK

We were honoured to be asked to take part in this years London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour, which launches to the press & buyers from 13th – 15th March this weekend and the general public from 16th -18th March. Expect to see some of the best global names shaping the luxury interiors world today, showcasing their latest collections and ranges.

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With this years theme heavily directed by the Geometric trend and the colour blue, paper artist Zoe Bradley went on an inspirational journey to discover past and present artist and designers who made the colour blue a pivotal part of their work.

Always referencing the floral & fauna world that Bradley has become synonmous with, it was no surprise that other artists and designers have found inspiration in the symmetry and formation of flowers.

Zoe looked at works by William Morris, Japanese Osaka prints, the Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel and paintings of Monet’s blue period as well as Wedgwood and Delft Pottery whose work is defined by the colour blue.

IMG_3697Above: Zoe Bradley’s paper geometric interpretation of the Chrysanthemum.

The shape of the skirt for the dress echoed the roundness of the glass dome ceiling in the South Dome of Chelsea Design Centre where the dress will be on display. The bodice attached to the skirt has a nipped in waist to accentuate the larger than life silhouette.

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The 400 flowers that form the paper textile for the dress were cut and assembled by hand in Bradley’s studio. There is also 3,500 leaves that have been scored over 17,000 times.

IMG_3711Above: A still life shot of the paper flowers that include a Wild Rose, Apple Blossom, Cherry Blossom and Chrysanthemum, along with 3,500 leaves that will go onto the dress frame and bodice.

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Above Paper Artist Zoe Bradley at work creating the huge paper floral dress for #LDW16

For more information and the full programme of events over London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour London click on the link below

http://www.dcch.co.uk/LDW16-Full-Event-Programme

Paper Artist Zoe Bradley Collaborates With Sotheby’s to Create Unique Installation

ZOE BRADLEY COLLABORATES WITH SOTHEBY’S TO CREATE A UNIQUE INSTALLATION

Tomorrow will see the unveiling of five incredible works of art created by reknowned paper artist Zoe Bradley. The unique pieces were created by Bradley and her small team of highly skilled crafts people from her UK studio. Each piece takes its inspiration from rare and beautiful works of art that have been curated ready for auction by the famous auction house Sothebys. Entitled Of Royal & Noble Descent, the works on view once belonged to royal and aristocratic European families.

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They have literally been bought to life through Zoe Bradley’s paper sculptures, which include a pair of gold shoes encrusted with Swarovski crystals, a large white Ruff with intricate cut out detail to emulate lace work, an oversize gold crown also beautifully adorned with precious Swarovski stones and pearls, a large 17th Century inspired wig, complete with feathers, birds, roses, bows and small flower chains held in place by soft pastel pearls. Each bow has a faceted cut crystal attached, also from Swarovski.

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The largest piece is a 6 metre long red dress. A masterpiece in paper manipulation, it contains thousands of ruffles and hundreds of roses and bows. All produced in a deep rich iridescent red paper to give the illusion of centuries old silk. Again the bodice is adorned with red Magma crystals from Swarovski that sparkle wonderfully under the gallery lights.

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The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow Thursday 14th January until next Monday 18th with a special Late Night View this Friday 15th January with a special Fashion Talk by Old Master Specialist and Harpers Bazaar Contributing Editor @bazaaruk  Jonquil O’Reilly.

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Zoe Bradley Collaborates With Japanese Store Hankyu For Largest Window Installation

ZOE BRADLEY COLLABORATES WITH JAPANESE STORE HANKYU 

This month Zoe Bradley Design collaborated with premier Japanese department store, Hankyu in Osaka to create seven stunning windows to launch the new season collections for Autumn Winter 2015. Taking inspiration from the textures and embellishment that many designers were showing for the coming season, we pushed paper to its limits and created oversized couture style gowns and headpieces to bring the dramatic windows to life.

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Highlights include a deep claret pom pom gown, which tumbles and cascades from a gold mannequin, perched bird-like from a high swing and a voluminous Hydrangea gown complete with headpiece that fills an entire window. The shear size of the enormous windows, played to Zoe Bradley’s strengths of over scaling the silhouettes from the 4 metre high dresses to an expansive blossom headpiece that stretches across the window and the magical swirling butterfly headpiece that grows from the mannequin’s head rotating across the window. A vision of fantastical fluttering wings, where each butterfly is adorned with a single Swarovski crystal.

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The creations were very fashion focused as we set out to imagine seven ‘Gorgeous’ windows that takes you on a journey through a magical garden from the hundreds of colourful drop flowers to a huge flowering rose branch.

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For the first time, Zoe Bradley also collaborated with the worlds leading crystal brand, Atelier Swarovski. Hundreds of sparkling crystals were applied to the dresses and the butterflies. The effect was spectacular, as it gave real depth and sparkle to the bespoke creations and re-enforced the fashion trend of embellishment. Each crystal was painstakingly applied by hand. The whole showcase of the windows was about craftsmanship and decoration and yet again showed how the medium of hundreds of sheets of flat paper can be realised into something very unique and visually exciting.

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The work was on an enormous scale and the Zoe Bradley team simply could not have achieved such magnificent creation without the manpower, skill and patience of the Hankyu team who we worked alongside in their Kyoto workshop in the run up the installation. This has been our biggest creation to date and probably has set some kind of world record on creating the largest number of windows made solely from paper. We hope you can see from the images the craftsmanship and skill that took place in creating these magnificent windows.

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