Chelsea flower show 2014


The Khôra Architectural Dome Wins the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 And A Five Star Award for the Best Trade Stand (Stand RHW2)

The Khôra Architectural Dome is the proud winner of the prestigious RHS Director General's Award for the Best Trade Stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

It was selected by Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS as her personal favourite Trade Stand. In addition the Dome was selected by the RHS judges for a Five Star Award for the Best Trade Stand – the highest score for a Trade Stand at Chelsea.

The Khôra Dome is the first contemporary “domed” garden room made of steel and curved glass. It is a totally new and unique structure which has never been seen in public prior to its first appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Louis Calmels, the Dome’s engineer/designer said: “I am thrilled that the Khôra Dome and the stand have achieved this outstanding accolade. Not only is it an honour for the Khôra Dome to make its official international debut here at Chelsea, but it is gratifying that our collective thought, work and effort involved in getting to this point, has been officially recognised.”

The Dome at Chelsea represents a highly successful fusion of related, artistic talents and skills.

It stands proud in a glorious woodland garden designed especially to complement its quality, shape and elegance by Catherine Macdonald of award-winning garden designers LandForm. The exceptional planting, which was overseen by expert Finnish horticulturalist Taina Suonio, with the help of Sophie Philip and Anne Hamilton, is complex and intense. The slightly restrained palette of corals, gold, clarets and whites is simultaneously simple but highly sophisticated.

The garden is graced by two striking steel sculptures by renowned artist Nathalie Hambro, which make a dramatic and yet unobtrusive statement. To the side of the Dome, nestled in among the planting is a stylish stainless steel bench by designer Gareth Devonald Smith.

Inspired by the pioneering 1840s Palm House at Kew, the visionary Khôra Dome, with its new philosophy towards living space, combines traditional 19th century engineering techniques with the latest modern technology. The Dome is an impressive 5-metre diameter, 7 meter high structure with six gently curved steel beams, forming its signature framework and unique curved glass panels.

On the interior the magnificent glass chandelier is by Rocco Borghese and the hardwood door and window frames have been crafted by timber specialists K&D Joinery of London. The Dome’s interior is styled with selected antiques and decorative objects by Jackie Hobbs.

The cupola and lantern, which crown the Dome, incorporate intricate lead work by Steve Perryman of English Leadworks. A weathervane in the form of a magnificent and elegant heron, its wings extended in full-flight, by Greens Weathervanes makes the final dramatic statement. Its single directional, the North Star, has been finished in 23½ carat gold leaf so that it glistens and shimmers in the sunshine. The North Star also makes reference to the fact that the designer of the Dome, Louis Calmels is a passionate astronomer.”

The combination of the quality, originality and gravitas of Louis Calmels’ magnificent Khôra Dome presented in a stunning garden setting made it the worthy winner of the RHS Director General’s Award for the Best Trade Stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

The Khôra Dome can be found at Chelsea on RHW 2 (Royal Hospital Way 2)

Notes to Editors

The name Khôra comes from ancient Greek. It is a philosophical term which refers to a space or interval between being and non-being. Plato described 'Khôra' as the image reflected in a mirror, held by the mirror but not retained. The Dome reflects this ethereal imagery as it encapsulates both exterior and interior in a light, airy space which is beautiful and calming both in the day and at night.

This is the first time that Louis Calmels has exhibited at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

About Louis Calmels: Designer and engineer, Louis Calmels has been making custom-built, high quality architectural metalwork, garden structures, furniture and lighting for more than 25 years. Louis is the third generation of his family to be involved in the metalwork business and many of the craftsmen who work with him in his London workshop have been in the company all their working lives. Louis is also a keen horologist and has designed and made orreries and tellurians.

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