Customer Showcase – DKT Artworks

This week we will be focusing on DKT Artworks, an incredibly versatile, well established London based company who offer a myriad of high end finishes within the field of decorative arts.

First founded in 1979 by three arts graduates – Niki Davies, Steve Keeling and Sean Trowbridge, DKT has gone from strength to strength, developing a formidable skill base with a team of around 30 in-house staff with expertise spanning Painting & Sculpture,
Industrial design, Carving, Gilding, Restoration, Trompe L’Oeil, Textiles, Sign-writing, Specialist decoration, Graphics, Stucco, Bas relief, Paint finishes and a host of other Decorative finishes. Whatever the project DKT can offer tremendous flexibility, from working on-site to finishing projects completely in-house and ready for transportation and fitting by other contractors. They work closely with designers, architects and private individuals to ensure smooth running of the project .

DKT boasts a truly impressive worldwide client list and a vast portfolio of completed projects spanning a wide range of venues and disciplines – from painted panels featured on award-winning super-yachts to distressed finishes on the interiors of upmarket London restaurants and bars. Below we have showcased just some of the gilded decorative artwork  that DKT have completed. The pictures below are a very small part of their extensive portfolio.

Gilding and glass gilding are just one of the many decorative disciplines that DKT are masters of, below are even more examples of the work they’ve done using genuine gold and silver leaf.

To view more of DKT’s portfolio or if you need details to get in touch with them then click here to visit their website.

The Art of Bathing – Grace of London

Art meets design with the elegant baths created by Grace of London. Each one can truly be called ‘bespoke’ as they are painstakingly finished with hand-painted, hand-cut pieces of glass that have been gilded in either 12ct, 18ct and 24ct white and yellow gold, silver or platinum, encrusted in sparkling Swarovski crystals and then each piece is coated in  a protective resin ensuring a flawless finish.

The finish on this particular bath, “The Mayfair”, was created using over 15,000 handcrafted pieces of glass gilded with 24ct gold and then furnished with a trellis of jet and golden shadow Swarovski crystals. It’s a true work of art!

Grace of London specialise in the design and manufacture of unique pieces of furniture like this and their expertise with mosaic and gold leaf designs is unquestionable. Their team boasts no less than two Royal Warrant holders amongst a host of other truly talented craftsmen and a design team with decades of experience between them, headed by founder and an award-winning craftsman in his own right, Robert James Grace.

Every piece they create is a signature piece, an extension and reflection of the client it was made for. Working together with designers or architects every detail from the colour to the design of the pieces can be specified to create truly one-of-a-kind bespoke masterpieces, transforming beautiful rooms into spectacular spaces!

 

 

 

 

It’s A New Year and A Time For New Beginnings – Introducing our new Blog and Twitter

Happy New Year to all! With this being the time of fresh starts and new beginnings we’re pleased to welcome our new blog AND our new Twitter, @GoldLeafSupply!

Our blog has been a long time in the making but now, it’s finally here! From this point forward this blog aims to provide you with all sorts of information about the world of gilding and decorative finishes – from advising of any updates on products to news on new products lines in our store, showcases of the wonderful work our customers create and all manner of other interesting bits and bobs.

As we speak glass gilding (or verre églomisé) is enjoying a renaissance and our talented clients are forever pushing the boundaries to create some of the most beautiful and really incredible finishes using many different colours of gold and silver leaf. We have many examples of the sort of work our clients produce using our products at our Client Gallery but for today we’re showcasing two talented customers and their recent work:

The beautiful golden splashback created by Emma Peascod (@emmapeascod) showcases the quality of her glass gilded pieces, the gold leaf shines like a mirror and bathes the kitchen in a reflected golden glow. The green ‘shagreen’ finish is typical of her innovative style combining traditional glass gilding techniques with classical Japanese ones learned in her time abroad there.

The three gorgeous glass gilded panels below were created by Gareth Evans and his team of talented artisans at Watergilders.com (@watergilders) – they’re masters of pushing the boundaries of just what can be done with traditional materials when it comes to verre eglomise. It’s easy to see why these cutting edge pieces are being snapped up by designers!

So we begin to start 2014 in earnest we do so with a feeling of optimism – our clients are reporting a feeling of confidence out there in the marketplace and, as ever, they keep surprising us with the beautiful things they create! So let’s start as we mean to go on and keep making nice, bright, shiny things!