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Harvey & John’s installation opens at London boutique hotel

Thursday 13th February, 2014
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Guests are greeted in the Lounge (lobby) of the hotel by a multi-sensory light installation reflected off a wall of mirrors creating the illusion of effervescent champagne bubbles which guests are invited to touch, play, observe and interact with. “How would it feel if we could shrink ourselves to become so small that we could dive into a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne?” This is the question that originally inspired the latest innovative project from Harvey & John, the avant-garde designers, who teamed up with Andaz Liverpool Street hotel and Veuve Clicquot to create this unique new installation, which is bound to delight the senses. The Dive into a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne installation is now open to hotel guests and the public on a complimentary basis until early April 2014. Andaz Liverpool Street is delighted to be working with the British designers for their first project within the luxury hospitality industry. Keivor John of Harvey & John says of the project, “Harvey & John are always searching for interesting and exciting people to work with so this is precisely the sort of project that thrills us. Collaborating with Andaz Liverpool Street & Veuve Clicquot is a real pleasure as they truly value and champion creative people and ideas.” Offering guests the opportunity to fully engage and immerse themselves within the hypnotic nature of the piece, the Dive into a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne installation consists of 25 giant glowing spheres of which 5 are projected out of 5 sculptures filled with high pressure air. Responding to its audience at the feel of a touch, the 5 floating and 20 suspended bubbles shine brighter and radiate a glowing Veuve Cliquot yellow in colour when poked, squeezed or hugged. Ranging in size from 50-80cm in diameter, the eye-catching bubbles are a cool champagne colour until touched and can float up to an impressive 3 meters in height. The speed at which the giant bubbles rise and fall from the champagne bottle sculptures can accelerate, reflecting bubbles bursting out of a bottle of champagne being popped, whilst the slower speed mirrors the gentle effervescence of a fresh glass of Veuve Clicquot. Guests will be able to pluck the giant bubbles from the air and play with them as they walk around the installation, emulating the sensation of floating in a glass of champagne. Andaz Liverpool Street hotel’s General Manager, Tim Flodin, commented on behalf of the partnership: “At Andaz Liverpool Street, we pride ourselves on working with brands and artists that we feel align with our creative ethos. The Andaz team and I are very excited about working with Harvey & John and Veuve Clicquot who also share our inspirational vision. We hope our guests will find this unique installation as exciting as we do.” Each evening, Andaz Liverpool Street welcomes its arriving in-house guests with a complimentary beverage as part of the Andaz inclusions. Throughout the Dive into a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne installation, in-house guests will be offered a glass of crisp Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon check-in. Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager of Veuve Clicquot, Moët Hennessy UK Limited says of the collaboration, “Veuve Clicquot are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Harvey & John at Andaz Liverpool Street. Harvey & John are some of the most exciting, next-generation design talent in Britain and Andaz Liverpool Street, with its passion for design, provides an excellent platform. The ‘Dive into a Glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne’ installation perfectly brings to life our shared values, including innovation, audacity and of course, ‘zeste de folie!’”