Patrick McDowell designs new garden bar at Chelsea Flower Show – WWD
Ahead of the official opening on Tuesday, the revered Chelsea Flower Show on Monday unveiled a brand new Planet Studio garden bar designed by British fashion designer Patrick McDowell.
Inspired by New York’s legendary Studio 54 nightclub, McDowell worked on the ’70s concept with Malvern Garden Buildings and plant curator James Whiting.
“I’ve always been so interested in the natural world and so it was so natural to work together to create this incredible immersive experience,” said McDowell, who moved to 20 Hanover Square in Mayfair earlier this year as he was chosen as the first designer in residence at the Jimmy Choo Academy.
“I’m super excited to have worked with James on this iconic project, the collaboration is a great way to spark creativity…Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and we show off clothes made from salvaged materials as well as seating and soft fabrics and furniture made from more than 30 pairs of salvaged denim jeans,” McDowell added.
Andrew Peck, managing director of Malvern Garden Buildings, said he wanted to make “a great first impression for visitors” who turn to the fair after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the week, it will be great for visitors to see that these outdoor spaces can be used for so much more than just a place to work or relax. I hope Planet Studio inspires people to think differently about how a garden building can be used to create entertainment spaces that bring a piece of city nightlife to a garden,” he said. declared.
The Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society has been a key event on the social calendar of British royals since its inception in 1913. Queen Elizabeth has attended the event more than 50 times during her 70-year reign, and she attended the preview on Monday afternoon despite her mobility issues.
Joanna Lumley, Judi Dench, Amanda Holden, Alexa Chung and Gemma Collins also attended the premiere.
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