David Harber and Savills collaborate

  • Bite II, which will receive its official debut at the show

Award-winning British sculptor David Harber and luxury real estate agency Savills are delighted to be exhibiting at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.

The David Harber x Savills stand will showcase a curated selection of sculptures, sundials and water features, including the first official reveal of Bite II - a piece designed exclusively for this year’s show - and Teardrop Mantle, a unique iteration of Harber’s popular Mantle artwork.

In previous years Savills has generously sponsored the David Harber stand at the prestigious event, but 2022 is the first time the two brands have joined forces. Renowned garden designer Emily Erlam - named one of House & Garden’s Top 50 garden designers - was commissioned to design the trade stand.

Emily Erlam, comments: “Our design is inspired by the Nuttery in Sissinghurst which is one of the most captivating places to be in the month of May. This is a time when we celebrate the fresh green of leaves unfurling, spring bulbs dancing above herbaceous grasses and trees coming freshly into leaf.

"This year the David Harber x Savills Garden will quietly reflect the pattern of the Teardrop Mantle Sculpture, in celebration of its recent launch. The sculpture is made up of petals that join together and we fell in love with the balance of mass and void this creates, making beautiful organic spaces for planting, decoration and movement throughout the space.

“We will use soft and gentle planting to give a backdrop to the sculptures, showcasing them in a way which one might choose to feature them in their own garden. We hope that this year's space is a refreshing departure from a traditional trade stand, being more of a garden you can wander into and explore,” Erlam describes.

Already a six-time winner of Chelsea’s Sundries Trophy, awarded at the annual event for excellence of presentation, David Harber and his team will be exhibiting a wide range of artworks from their classic collection of sculptures, including many of their newest designs including Sentinel, Iris Torus, Eclipse, Bite II, Teardrop Mantle and Turbine - an interior sculpture.

Bite II is an iteration of the popular Bite sculpture. Created from a Verdigris copper sphere, it features two concave curves of mirror-polished stainless steel, which create reflective surfaces that draw the viewer in and reflect the surroundings. The seamless transition from a perfect sphere into parabolic mirror inlays create a fascinating optical illusion in this unusual modern garden sculpture.

Meanwhile, Teardrop Mantle will also receive its first official UK preview, having launched earlier this spring. An elongated version of David Harber’s original Mantle artwork, the Teardrop Mantle is formed from hundreds of 316 marine grade, mirror polished steel ‘petals’. These petals are welded together in a painstakingly precise process to create a stunning piece, resembling a giant droplet of water in an ode to David’s love of nature and the outdoors. The interior of the sculpture can be customised in any paint colour, ensuring each Teardrop Mantle is unique.

The intricate shape and detailing of Teardrop Mantle directly inspired and influenced Erlam when designing the David Harber x Savills stand; inspired by the balance between void and mass spaces found within Teardrop Mantle, pathways will invite guests to explore the stand and discover planting and sculptures in a series of clusters that subtly mimics the shape and outline of the sculpture.

Some of the materials used within the garden are recycled from David Harber’s workshop, including a homemade terrazzo using offcuts of stone from the Dark Planet sculpture production process, and remnants from the Geminus sculpture have been used to create some beautiful bronze trellis panels.

Of this year's stand, David Harber adds, "Every year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is both daunting and exhilarating. I am pleased and relieved to be working with Savills, and safe in the knowledge that our garden is being created by the immensely talented Emily Erlam. It feels like a true collaboration of passion, craftsmanship and professionalism. The David Harber x Savills stand is a first for us in terms of collaboration and our shared passion for beautiful design will be embodied in the stunning garden space that we are creating."

Richard Rees, Savills UK Managing Director, comments, “We are delighted to once again return to Chelsea Flower Show with the David Harber x Savills stand. Having outside space continues to be a key requirement for our clients. It is important to be part of such a well-regarded event, which has inspired generations of gardeners, no matter how big or small their garden might be. Sculpture can form a central part to any outside space, which is why our continued partnership with the highly-acclaimed David Harber at Chelsea Flower Show is really exciting.”

Crispin Holborow, Country Director of The Private Office at Savills adds, “It is well known that people’s experiences of the pandemic drove property buyers to look for additional space, both internally and externally. Events such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show play an important part in inspiring both seasoned and aspiring gardeners in how to make the most of these external living spaces and art, in the form of a sculpture, can play an important role. This is why it is a very great pleasure to be back at Chelsea this year with David Harber, whose work perfectly captures how sculpture can marry together art and nature and create a central focal point in a garden, whether it is big or small.”

Revered globally for his nature-inspired sculptures, sundials and water features, David Harber designs have been commissioned in a number of global projects; from the iconic Hotel du-Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France and Dubai’s Raffles Hotel to London’s Hyde Park. Former private clients include the actors Jeremy Irons and Judi Dench, Formula One Managing Director Ross Brawn and the late singer George Michael.

The David Harber x Savills stand can be found just off Main Avenue at stand MA336 between 24-28th May. For tickets and information on the event, please visit www.rhs.org.uk.

For further details regarding David Harber, please visit www.davidharber.co.uk; for Savills, please visit www.savills.co.uk; and for Emily Erlam, please visit www.erlamstudio.com.

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