When lebua CEO, Deepak Ohri sent his hand drawn designs, and some photos of the curved balconies on the façade of State Tower, he knew exactly what he wanted. They arrived in Limoges with the expectation that they would be transformed into beautiful show plates for Chef’s Table… it was up to J.L Coquet and Jaune de Chrome to make it happen.
The company spokesperson explains the process:
“We had a short brief explaining the kind of plate Deepak wanted; inspired by the building. We also had some pictures and a sketch which helped the design process. Based on this we shaped the customer's idea by adding our own savoir-faire in terms of the gold leaf on the lid and engraving on the plate. Of course we then had regular communication during the whole process to stay in line with his expectations. The hardest part was to recreate the balconies but after few tries, the final design was proposed and accepted.”
“The plate for Chef’s Table restaurant, and its lid, are made in Limoges porcelain. It is the result of a long process in which more than 20 artisans contributed. The lead time is three weeks for a complete set (plate & lid).”
“For the lid, the production process is a little different to the plate. First we create the mold. The lid is then cast, dried, and finished by hand to provide a perfect, smooth finish. After the first firing at 980°C for 24 hours, it is enameled and fired again at 1400°C. After that it is decorated with gold by hand, fired a third time at 845°C for four hours. A second coat of gold is applied to ensure the gold leaf is truly fixed than a final firing at 845°C for four hours.”
“To shape, engrave and reproduce the detailed design of the hotel facade takes more than 13 hours. After this, a first firing is done for 24 hours, at 980°C. Then, once the artist completes his or her work, a special porcelain paint called satin, is applied to protect the plate. It is fired again at 1400°C for a further 24 hours. The long production process is what makes Limoges porcelain so special. By the end of the process, no two products will be very similar but not exactly the same.”
“After one last control, to check that the plate does not include any imperfection, et voila! The one-of-a-kind plate is ready to be used at Chef’s Table.”