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Martini

Martini Cocktail Set
2010 (designed), 2011 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Miranda Watkins (d. 2020) designed Martini Cocktail Set for the lifestyle magazine Wallpaper and their exhibition ‘Wallpaper Handmade’, held in the Brioni House over three days during the Salon del Mobile trade fair, Milan, April, 2010. Watkins was a multidisciplinary designer who worked with a range of materials including pewter, a metal alloy made primarily of tin. For the cocktail set she worked with the Sheffield pewterers A.R. Wentworth who made the elegant forms by spinning flat discs of pewter on a lathe and polishing them to create the highly reflective surfaces.

Miranda Watkins designed contemporary objects for modern interiors, from intimate domestic settings to large scale public spaces, and ranged from kinetic mobiles, light installations, furniture, tabletop products and jewellery. Martini was Miranda Watkin's second successful collaboration with A.R. Wentworth, following on from the Gleam Pewter Collection of tableware, which won the Eureka Design Award in 2008.


Object details

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Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Martini Cocktail Set
  • Base
TitleMartini (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Pewter, spun and polished with cork base
Brief description
Tray and base, pewter and cork, part of the "Martini" travelling cocktail set, made by A.R. Wentworth (Sheffield) Ltd., Sheffield, 2011, designed by Miranda Watkins, London, 2010.
Physical description
Circular shallow tray for cocktail set stabilised by a circular cork base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.5cm
  • Diameter: 35cm
Production typeUnlimited edition
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'miranda watkins design'
  • Marks for A.R. Wentworth (Sheffield) Ltd. (Marked on the base of the tray)
Gallery label
  • Martini Cocktail Set Pewter and cork Designed by Miranda Watkins (d. 2020) and made by A.R Wentworth Sheffield, 2010 Miranda Watkins designed Martini Cocktail Set for the lifestyle magazine Wallpaper and their exhibition ‘Wallpaper Handmade’. Watkins was a multidisciplinary designer who worked with a range of materials including pewter, a metal alloy made primarily of tin. For the cocktail set she worked with the Sheffield pewterers A.R. Wentworth who made the elegant forms by spinning flat discs of pewter on a lathe and polishing them to create the highly reflective surfaces. Given by A.R. Wentworth (Sheffield) Ltd. Museum no. M.208-211-2011 (24.10.22)
  • MIRANDA WATKINS MARTINI COCKTAIL SET 2010 This cocktail set was commissioned by Wallpaper magazine. The designer has used classical lines and curves to evoke the glamour and sophistication of an era when cocktail parties were in vogue. In the 1960s, to own a cocktail set and have a signature drink helped your image. Spin doctors shaped John F. Kennedy’s image as a young, fashionable president by encouraging him to drink margaritas. Britain Pewter and cork Manufactured by A.R Wentworth Gift of A.R. Wentworth (Sheffield) Ltd Museum no. M.208 to 211-2011(12/04/2011)
Credit line
Given by A.R. Wentworth (Sheffield) Ltd.
Object history
The retail price for the entire cocktail set is £365.00.
Summary
Miranda Watkins (d. 2020) designed Martini Cocktail Set for the lifestyle magazine Wallpaper and their exhibition ‘Wallpaper Handmade’, held in the Brioni House over three days during the Salon del Mobile trade fair, Milan, April, 2010. Watkins was a multidisciplinary designer who worked with a range of materials including pewter, a metal alloy made primarily of tin. For the cocktail set she worked with the Sheffield pewterers A.R. Wentworth who made the elegant forms by spinning flat discs of pewter on a lathe and polishing them to create the highly reflective surfaces.

Miranda Watkins designed contemporary objects for modern interiors, from intimate domestic settings to large scale public spaces, and ranged from kinetic mobiles, light installations, furniture, tabletop products and jewellery. Martini was Miranda Watkin's second successful collaboration with A.R. Wentworth, following on from the Gleam Pewter Collection of tableware, which won the Eureka Design Award in 2008.
Bibliographic reference
Wallpaper, London, Time Life Entertainment Group, August, 2010, pp. 139, 152-153. ill. ISSN: 1364-4475
Collection
Accession number
M.208:1, 2-2011

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Record createdApril 11, 2011
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