This release was a coordinated effort with Bombay Sapphire and Surface magazine. They had a series of parties in the city to show off the Sapphire Inspired collection. More than 1,000 people visited the Pop-Up Store during its run.

Bombay Sapphire Inspires Interior Designs Generated by Surface Magazine

Surface Magazine & Bombay Sapphire’s first ever “Pop-Up Store:” A limited-edition home collection by new designers.

October 2005, NEW YORK- Bombay Sapphire premium gin has constantly inspired leading designers to answer the question, What is most exciting way to sip Bombay Sapphire?

Their unique martini glasses commissioned over the past decade have become stars in their own right, featured in the renowned popular print advertising campaign. After years of focusing on stemware, Bombay Sapphire breaks new ground by evolving their passion for design into a limited-edition lifestyle collection of objects for the home entitled Sapphire Inspired.

Curated and art directed by Surface Brand Director Riley Johndonnell, this first series of objects compose a contemporary “parlor,” a space for social interaction, conversation and inspiration. Johndonnell has assembled a group of new designers, (in collaborations with forward-thinking manufactures), to create experimental designs inspired by Bombay Sapphire: including a sofa, a bar-cart, vases, a melting crystal ice chandelier and much more. Proceeds from these collectables will go back to the designers themselves.

Luisa Ruge has designed the “Neo Geode S2B” an infinite sectional sofa, inspired by sapphire gems and mineral forms (produced by Bernhardt Design). Made up of six cool blue wedges and a hexagonal ottoman, the pieces can be arranged to suit any locale the living room to the club lounge. With the ottoman in the middle, the set takes the appearance of the top view of a Bombay Sapphire bottle.

Jonathan Saunders, London’s buzzing fashion and textile designer, has created futuristic metallic wallpaper produced by Atrium Wall Coverings). The bold pattern is a chic graphic abstraction of the Bombay Sapphire logo and corporate colors: mixing poster design, interior design and fashion design.

For the first time ever, a Bombay Sapphire martini glass design will be available for purchase! Dror Benshetrit (in collaboration with Rosenthal) has created “Broken Martini,” an edition of 250 functional porcelain sculptures shaped like martini glasses. The stemware was created by first breaking a traditional martini glass, then carefully piecing it back together and sculpting the form out of solid porcelain.

“This project embodies the passion and mission behind Surface: ‘To promote and generate innovation in innovative ways,’” states Johndonnell. “For years, Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire have partnered in launching and supporting new design talent and ideas. This project represents the next phase in Bombay Sapphire’s dedication to emerging designers, as well as the evolution of Surface Magazine as a 2D magazine into a 3D that brings innovators together to benefit the public. I donated my time to this massive project because I believe this type of thinking can change the way we create, produce and purchase design. It’s a truly inspired vision which benefits all parties: the consumer, the designer, Surface and Bombay Sapphire.”

The Bombay Sapphire Inspired collection and designers include:

* “Ice Cubes” Modular Shelving Unit: by Cory Grosser
* “Crystal Magic” Chaise Lounge & “Iceberg Italic” Side Table: by Thien Ta Trung and My Ta Trung (Periphere)
* “Broken Martini” Stemware: Dror Benshetrit by Rosenthal
* “Neo Geode S2B”, Sectional Sofa: by Luisa Ruge in collaboration with Bernhardt Design
* “Hidden Royalty” Lighting: by Nicolette Brunklaus (Brunklaus Amsterdam)
* “Beautiful Bombay” Vases & “Sapphire Rain” Ice Chandelier: by Eva Menz
* “Carbon Sapphire” Guest Chair: by Marcel Sigel and Alana Di Giacomo (Zuii)
* “Azure” Bar Cart & “Blue Aureole” Table: by Dario Antonioni (Orange 22)
* “Facet” Wallpaper: by Jonathan Saunders (in collaboration with Atrium Wall Coverings)

Participating Manufacturers include:

* Bernhardt Design (Sofa)
* Rosenthal (Stemware)
* Swarovski (Crystal appliqué for Chaise Lounge)
* Precosia (Crystal for Chandelier)
* Atrium Wall Coverings (Wallpaper)
* Josh Shoenfeld of AUX (Fabricator of Shelving Unit)

About Bombay Sapphire

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is the best-selling, super-premium gin in the United States and has been a Market Watch “Hot Brand” for seven consecutive years. The combination of its ten unique botanicals, vapour infusion process and authentic British heritage secure BOMBAY SAPPHIRE as a leader among gins, as well as a symbol of style and sophistication.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE strongly supports inspired adult individuals that create passionate work in design, film and other artistic arenas. For more information, please visit

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