Project name: Lotus

Date completed: August 2018

Designer: Pei Li

Lotus by Ori Bespoke is a beautiful representation of “East Meets West” design, taking inspiration from the Chinese lantern festivals Pei Li, founder of Ori Bespoke enjoyed so much as a child. Each motif on the lantern had a meaning, the hand embroidered lotuses mean purity and longevity in Asian culture, and they are often used as symbolic objects in Buddhism. Lotus is a playful balanced design that references the classic oriental motif and the shape of Art Deco fine jewellery, maintaining a sense of the signature oriental design the piece has been meticulously crafted with handmade embroidery, blue bird’s eye maple and finished in brass.

To create the feature panel Ori Bespoke worked closely with highly skilled embroidery artisans in Shanghai using Su embroidery, a practice now protected by the UNESCO World Heritage after it was all but eradicated during the cultural revolution in China. The aim of the project is to preserve and revive a traditional oriental embroidery technique and combine it with contemporary design approaches.

The result is a truly beautiful piece of functional art, well suited for a range of settings whether it be a traditional oriental or a modern European interior setting. The piece can be customised to a client’s needs; from the embroidery to finish. Clients can choose suitable patterns to be embroidered, and they can choose different types of finishes such as, bird’s eye maple, ebony, walnut and many other options.