1 Sydney Place – Building Conservation

Work on our new office is steaming ahead; seeing our plans come to life never gets dull! And of course, it’s great to be able to apply our architectural and design expertise to a project we’ll get to enjoy ourselves!

Working with a listed building can be very exciting – you never know what’s going to be revealed as you strip away the layers of alterations. In our case, there are very few original features back from before the bank was built in c.1870, but we’re doing our best to preserve the hidden gems we uncover.

Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to see more of the progress, and if you’re in the area, pop down and check out our hoarding!

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New Collections

Our next big announcement comes just days after unveiling our magnificent new office, and happens to be closely linked the our flagship store!

You’ll have seen all our posts containing references to new furniture and lighting pieces but we can finally lift the cloak of mystery to reveal what we’ve been working on for the last 12 months.

We are very proud to reveal that, early next year, we will be launching our two new collections in the UK, at our 1 Sydney Place showroom!

The Maritime Collection is deeply masculine, reflecting the sturdiness and robustness of Italian merchant ships, with marquetry and embellishments of nautical images. Made of dark-stained solid wood, Ebony Macassar with white bone inlay, suede and leather-lined shelves, the collection features gun-metal and bronze ironmongery.

The Verandah Collection features upholstery casing in solid wood, upholstered in parchment, leather or fabric, with feet of cast bronze and hints of ebonised wood that enhance the spirit of colonial plantations. The coffee table, side table, cocktail trolley and console all feature a golden bamboo frame, with either eglomise glass, bevelled glass or marble. The lighting features a stunning lantern that echoes the bamboo motif, with both a floor lamp and a table lamp case from solid brass in a pineapple motif, again drawing on the tropical Verandah legend.

Both collections have been designed to compliment each other perfectly, and as such were combined in our window design in Janet Yonaty’s showroom for LCDQ’s 2017 Legends Festival in Los Angeles.

To celebrate these collections, we’ve created a dedicated Oro Bianco Home website where you can find lots more imagery and information. You can also follow the new Oro Bianco Home Instagram page for stunning shots of our pieces!

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2017 LCDQ Legends Festival in Los Angeles

We’ve just returned from our very first ‘Legends’ festival within the La Cienega Design Quarter of Los Angeles, where we used the event to launch our new furniture and lighting collections to the thousands of interior designs who flock to the West Hollywood boulevard every year.

Our collections were displayed across the two ground floor windows of Janet Yonaty’s Melrose Avenue showroom; one created by the Oro Bianco Interior Design team, and the other created by multi-talented West Coast designer Kimberly Colletti, with additional pieces spilling over from the window space and taking pride of place within the showroom itself.

Having landed at LAX on Friday evening, the festival, as far as we were concerned, started on Saturday morning when we wait straight to the showroom to survey the empty window spaces, check out the fantastic wall-coverings, and double-check measurements and electrical socket locations. Next, our logistics company AirSea Packing arrived with the familiar-looking crates containing the pieces.

Once the furniture was unloaded, we had the strenuous task of getting the immensely heavy pieces up the stairs and into position. The distinct lack of pictures of this stage being proof that it was all hands on deck!

With the main pieces in place, all that was left was the comparatively simply task of positioning the smaller items and accessories, plug in the lighting, and make the most of our time in Los Angeles before the LCDQ Gala and Janet Yonaty’s ‘Trunk Show’.

The first of the two events – the LCDQ opening night Gala – took place at Fig & Olive’s flagship location on Melrose Place, and allowed us to mingle with the other top designers showing at the festival over summery cocktails and prosecco.

Janet Yonaty’s Trunk Show took place the next day, and saw a steady flow of renowned editors, designers and bloggers coming through the showroom and circulating around the window displays. Inside, they were greeted with champagne, magnificent chocolates (made to resemble our OB logo, and the macassar ebony wood-grain of the pieces), and the photographers from Lux Deco Magazine.

By the end of the event we were absolutely thrilled and exhausted in equal measure! The feedback to the pieces was universally positive, with some designers already making inquiries into the ordering process.

You can follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn for more Oro Bianco pictures and information, including some very big news coming soon!

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New Flagship Store!

We are delighted to announce the next major chapter for Oro Bianco – we are opening our flagship store at 1 Sydney Place in South Kensington, London!

This fantastic building will feature a ground-level retail space, as well as provide a home for our growing office. We’ll be following in the footsteps of many other prestigious luxury brands in the same area and we couldn’t be more excited to see what happens in this new phase of our development.

Having signed the lease, we are initiating a total renovation of the property.

Formerly a bank, the building was completely gutted after the previous tenants left (however the vaults in the basement remain!) – this provides a perfect blank canvas for us to create a luxurious environment in which we can expand our team and put our magnificent designs on show for the public.

We’ve got our work cut out as you can see from the photos, but we can’t wait to move in to the amazing space early next year.

For press enquiries please contact Annabel McAvoy at APR Communications:

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LCDQ Draws Closer!

As our grand reveal in Janet Yonaty’s Los Angelesshowroom for this years’ LCDQ Legends festival draws closer, we thought we’d provide more insight into the event itself.

Situated in Los Angeles’s vibrant district, ‘La Cienega Design Quarter’, The Legends festival is a celebration of design, spread over three days, bringing together key figures from the worlds of interior design, art, fashion and architecture.

Events during the event include receptions, cocktail parties, book signings, personal appearances and numerous other opportunities to see and engage in a dialogue about design.

Every year has a theme which invited designers are invited to illustrate however they see fit, by way of window displays within showrooms of LCDQ partners. This year is the theme is ‘Your True Colours’, and we can’t wait to unveil our interpretation!

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Oro Bianco in Unique Magazine

We’re very proud to have been chosen for a feature in the latest issue of Unique, the exclusive private jet luxury lifestyle magazine.

It’s great to see our story and our magnificent project imagery as the opening article in such a prestigious publication.

Click the thumbnails to read the full piece, or view the magazine interactively.

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Mathieu Lustrerie visit

Earlier this week our Creative Director Luigi Esposito visited luxury-lighting manufacturer Mathieu Lustrerie, sourcing for decorative lighting for our 150,000 sq ft Mumbai residential project. As well as producing incredibly ornate chandeliers (and collecting beautiful classic Porsches), the Marseilles-based company also restores historic lighting – from Art Deco pieces to one chandelier once owned by the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. As you can see, some of the magnificent chandeliers are as large as they are detailed!

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London to LA

Earlier this month, we reported that our new collections photoshoot had finished. This week, it was time to dismantle our custom-built set for storage off site – ready for its next exciting outing!

We gave the furniture and lighting pieces one final inspection before it was all hands on deck to get the crates out of the studio and onto the truck – the first step on their journey to America. The next time we see them will be for their grand launch in Janet Yonaty’s showroom at LCDQ Festival in Los Angeles, after which we’ll be able to share pictures of the pieces!

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Abu Dhabi Visit

Luigi, Umberto, Stefania and Wendy have just returned from the Middle East, where they inspected the site of our Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court project.

Started in 2013, we’re delighted to announce this highly-specialised commissioning is in the final stages, and we can’t wait to unveil the project to the Crown Prince.

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