Furniture makers and Jameson create whiskey den at London bar


Jameson Reverend JW Simpson

A whiskey den has been created at London bar Reverend JW Simpson in a collaboration between Jameson Irish whiskey and furniture makers Galvin Brothers.

Running until mid-August, it is serving unique cocktails alongside a range of furniture and accessories inspired by the whiskey and designed to enhance the drinking experience.

Galvin Brothers – made up of designer Matthew Galvin and joiner Andrew Galvin (pictured below) – worked to the brief of “form and function” to create the furniture. It is designed for enjoying cocktails while seated, for the presentation of cocktails or for creating “a social enclose and convivial space”.

Copper pot stills, which are part of the distillation process of Jameson, have inspired part of the design through beautiful copper vessels and ice buckets.

Customers are able to buy the bespoke furniture, named The Whiskey Drinking Collection, with prices starting from £18 for copper vessels to £1,290 for a handcrafted Drinker’s End Table, which stores everything you need to make the perfect whiskey cocktail.

The team at The Reverend JW Simpson – part of Bourne & Hollingsworth Group – responded to the brief of “form and function” with an exclusive Jameson cocktail called Galvanised Jameson. It is made of tea syrup, lemon juice, elderflower and Jameson, garnished with a lemon balm leaf and a charged siphon serve.

Matthew Galvin said: “After our visit to the Jameson distillery, we wanted to create a space that reflected the true quality, craft and passion that is put into the whiskey-making process.

“It made sense for us to use copper and wood, which are key materials involved in the Jameson distillery process but to also create a distinct, intimate, sociable and functional space for whiskey to be enjoyed in.

“The brief of ‘form and function’ really echoes our principles of designing furniture that looks good but also has a purpose – the ‘how’ of the furniture is just as important as the why.

“Whether it’s an after-work drink with mates or a date, we hope that everyone enjoys the space and people even have the chance to bring a little bit of the drinking experience into their own home with a limited edition of the furniture range on sale.”

The collaboration is part of The Jameson Works series which recognises and shares the stories behind crafts people – real “modern makers” – who are prepared to innovate and challenge their skillsets and who are passionate about telling the story of the process along the way.

MATTHEW & ANDREW GALVIN

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