British fine bone china manufacturer Royal Crown Derby has delivered its largest ever order within the luxury hospitality market, after a full range of its bespoke tableware was selected for banqueting by five-star London hotel, The Dorchester.
The initial order for the 15-piece banqueting china collection includes a charger plate, starter plate, main plate, side plate, pasta plate, soup cup, sauce dish, tea cup and saucer, coffee cup and saucer, beaker, large and small creamers and open sugar dish, each embellished with a bespoke design created exclusively for The Dorchester by Royal Crown Derby.
The bespoke design incorporates 22 carat gold triangular stars inspired by the luxury hotel’s crystal chandeliers, as well as spirals reminiscent of those on the carpets of the Crystal Suite. Each item is finished with a backstamp bearing the five-star hotel’s name and logo. The light blue and white colourway was chosen to enhance the dining experience at The Dorchester together with a rich golden tone.
Christopher Oakes, sales & marketing director of Royal Crown Derby, commented: “The partnership with The Dorchester marks a definitive move into the luxury hospitality sector for Royal Crown Derby. The Dorchester is one of the world’s foremost luxury hotels, as well as one of England’s most iconic destinations, and we’re honoured to have been chosen to provide a specially-designed banqueting service.
“We worked closely with the team at The Dorchester throughout our bespoke programme which included a series of onsite design consultations, unique shape development and durability testing in our in-house laboratory. We’re delighted that The Dorchester chose to buy quality, British-made tableware and we look forward to developing our relationship over the coming years. The 16,000 piece order was produced at our Osmaston Road factory in Derby, using techniques largely unchanged for centuries.”
Royal Crown Derby employs 168 people at its factory. Products are 100% made in England. In 2013 Royal Crown Derby was acquired by Steelite International. Established in 1750, the company has global distribution in more than 34 countries, while its Collectors Guild has more than 3,000 members worldwide.