As part of a complete refurbishment of The Regency Club in London (a well established and highly regarded Indian|African restaurant), we recently completed the design, production and installation of this new 3 meter diameter stained glass dome. Our glass replaced the original dome glazing which had been commissioned by the restaurant in the early 90’s.
Having worked very closely with owner Rahul Sharma and designer Jimi Pearce on the initial design concept, our 33 panel, 780 piece commission was delivered and installed (as scheduled) on Thursday 6th September, just ahead of the restaurants grand re-opening. With a very tight deadline and some initial fun and games during the design and material selection stage, production took around 2 months and was very much a case of “all hands on deck” in the studio.
Our project brief was to create an installation which would sit in harmony with the new modernised interior and that would also make use of a good quantity of white “marble effect” glass.
One of the strongest elements within the interior concept pack we received from designer Jimi was the introduction of new “Victorian” floor tiles. We suggested reflecting these up within the new dome glazing and this idea very much formed the initial starting point for its design as a whole. Following a considerable alteration to our original design as a result of the clients first choice of floor tiles being unavailable, our proposal was signed off and production begun with little time to spare.
A challenging but ultimately very rewarding project, our glazing was produced in the traditional manner of leading individual pieces of glass. This included hand painting, enameling and kiln firing of the detail reflecting the tiles. This detail can be found within the outer ring panels and also in the small circular flower motifs within the inner ring. One of the key technical challenges in producing this commission was the curvature of the dome. Stained glass is generally flat however these had to be made to meet the curve of the dome frame into which they would sit. In order to do this we made multiple concave and convex forms on which we could build, solder, cement, clean and transport each panel.
“It looks amazing! You and the team must be very proud and feeling a great sense of achievement. Well done and thank you”.
Navin Sharma – Owner and Founder
“It’s been great to have you involved in the project. The quality of the finished article is fantastic and it really suits the space”.
Jimi Pearce – Interior Designer
Our images show the entire process of production including cartoons, glass cutting, painting and kiln firing, leading, soldering, transportation, and installation. They also include our finished design proposal and the original glazing replaced as part of the refurbishment.