The 9th floor for 3rd Element…










The China Silk Association and China Tong Yuan Co Ltd will jointly host an exclusive Chinese Silk Culture and Embroidery Art Exhibition on 11th -12th December 2012. The exhibition will be held on 9th Floor, Bank of China London Head Office; a unique central London venue in the heart of the City.

It is supported by the Chinese Embassy in the UK and the Bank of China.

A fine selection of silk and embroidery artwork will be on display, showcasing the heritage and craftsmanship of Chinese silk at the exhibition.

The team at 3rd element designed and built a number of display plinths for the event as well as supplying other items of furniture.


A limited selection of items will be for sale during the exhibition and the proceeds will be donated to the charity, the Art Room, Patron – HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

The exhibition will be open to guests from the afternoon of 11th December between 2 to 5pm and the whole day on 12th December between 9am to 12am and 2pm to 5pm.

This exhibition will be an interactive journey through the history and heritage of Chinese silk production. Visitors will learn of the modern silk industry in China today as well as silk embroidery as a contemporary art form. There will be live embroidery performances, presentations and business matching meetings.


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Winning in Europe.

This week see’s team 3rd Element‘s first european show.

We are currently onsite supplying furniture at the Convention centre Dublin which is host to the IHG european conference.

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in the Dublin Docklands was opened in September 2010. The glass building overlooks the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. It was designed by the American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. The CCD was shortlisted for the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards – Engineering Project of the Year 2010.

At The Convention Centre Dublin we believe that anything is possible. Over the past four years, thanks to our wonderful architect and construction team, we have developed an iconic, state-of-the-art conference facility, to rival, and indeed surpass, many international venues.

With the help of our investors and strategic partners, we can now help to position Ireland on the world stage for international conferences, congresses and events, offering a truly world-class venue in every sense, from the quality of the facility, through to every aspect of our service.

We have developed a team of dedicated professionals, who work tirelessly to bring the venue to life. From our humble beginnings in 2006, we have employed over 750 construction workers and have grown our team steadily in preparation for welcoming the world, following our Official Opening on 7 September 2010.

We are gaining a reputation amongst our suppliers and clients for our attention to detail and unfailing commitment to quality and service delivery. We have unstoppable enthusiasm and are very passionate about this wonderful venue which we firmly believe will achieve all our ambitions for it, and which will become, not only an iconic landmark, but also a truly unique and inspiring venue for all types of events, for many years to come.

Source: wiki & CCD

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Design your future.

UCAS organises events across the UK for students thinking about applying to higher education, their teachers and advisers, and HE staff who are involved in the UCAS admissions process. Our events provide information, advice and guidance on applying to HE and the wider context of the higher education sector.

UCAS has its own in-house events team, based at the UCAS offices in Cheltenham, made up of highly experienced event management professionals with a wealth of knowledge on the higher education sector.

3rd Element are the official event furniture hire contractors to UCAS’s Design you Future exhibitions.

The Design your future Manchester event will offer visitors the unique opportunity to talk to representatives from universities and colleges and other organisations about the study prospects available to them within the creative arts and associated careers avenues.

Subjects covered include: art, design, media, fashion, architecture, ceramics, 3D animation, mobile phone technology and much more.

To visit or register for the show please visit: UCAS


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Music Production Show

The Music Production Show will once again be held at the Emirates Stadium on the 23rd and 24th November.

Once inside the exhibition you will be able to attend many of the free seminars, from hardware to software to techniques to tips.

3rd Element are the official furniture contractors to the show. Supplying round tables, chairs, bar stools, display equipment and showcases to many of the exhibitors.

Yamaha, SE Electronics, Rode, Genelec, Presonus, Event, Universal Audio and API were among the brands first confirmed for MPS2012,  Sound On Sound are sponsoring the show, alongside KMR Audio, Music Tech magazine and Production Room.

MPS show manager Jason Castle said, “We’re delighted we’ll be back at the Emirates Stadium for MPS 2012 in November. The show was very well received by both visitors and exhibitors in 2011 and we’re looking forward to building on the foundations laid with the first show this year.”

Tickets for the show are available at: The Ticket Factory

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It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…

Back for 2012 the Ideal Home Show at Christmas brings you everything you need to get your home ready for the festive season.

From the 14th – 18th November, Earls Court London, this annual shopping event will bring you ideas on Decking the Halls, Filling your Stockings, Trimming the Turkey, and so much more.

With over 600 exhibitors across 6 sections including; Interiors & FurnishingsFood & Drink,Home Improvements & Outdoor LivingFashion & BeautyTechnology & Gadgets and Gifts & Decorations, this is the biggest home show at Christmas!

The Team at 3rd Element are delivering event furniture for some of the feature stands at Ideal Home at Christmas.

And maybe getting into the pre christmas spirit with a little festive inspiration.

If you would like to visit the show tickets are still available here: Merry Christmas

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US election 2012

So the US Elections come to a close and god bless america, they voted in the right way.*

Well done to all of our stateside friends and clients for turning out.

The 3rd Element team wish Mr Obama all the best for the next 4 years.

And well done Mitt Romney, you had them running for a while.

So how do i weave furniture post in to an election……?

Ladies and Gentlemen i give you the Barack Ob-armchair……..

Black lounge furniture hire. Stylish. Dependable. (the Sitt Romney is available in white).*


…..Sorry its all a had for todays blog!

*Please do not take any offence to this post, just a bit of fun at the US expense.

I’m sure somebody somewhere is posting about my bad British teeth.

Now have a read of something that has been written well:

President Obama’s message to supporters

I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.

I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.

You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.

I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.

But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.

Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.

There’s a lot more work to do.

But for right now: Thank you.



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Faloona Firework Chilli.









Everybody has their own chilli recipe.

This is 3E’s Operations manager’s very own…


The What

3lb tomatoes

2 large onions chopped

2lb minced beef

Tablespoon paprika

Teaspoon cumin

Teaspoon thyme

4-5 garlic cloves crushed

4-5 rashers smoked bacon

1 tin red kidney beans

1 beef stock pot

2 tablespoons honey

1 habanero chilli


The How

Roast the tomatoes in olive oil with ½ tablespoon paprika on a low heat for about an hour.

Whilst the tomatoes are roasting drink a Corona.

Next up chop the onions, garlic and bacon and fry in a large sauce pan until brown then add roasted tomatoes and stock pot.

Stir and simmer until tomatoes start to break down.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and wiz until coarse, this will make the sauce for your chilli.

Back in the saucepan add the mince, cumin, thyme and remaining paprika (I like a hot chilli, and so should you!).

Cook until the mince starts to brown and add the tomato mixture to the pan.

Stir in the honey, add the kidney beans (if you don’t like kidney beans, TOUGH, it’s the law!!) and drop in the Habanero chilli (a guest you don’t like can eat this surprise later 🙂 Then leave on a low heat for about an hour.

In our house we serve with Tacos, Soured cream, Chilli Cheese risotto and cold beers.

Now step outside and enjoy the fireworks…….and be safe!!!

Find firework safety information here at RoSPA.


Source: Stuarts Kitchen

Photo: Suite 101

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Halloween: Pumpkin Soup.


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin or squash to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
  2. Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the 142ml pot of double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.
  3. While the soup is cooking, slice the crusts from 4 slices of wholemeal seed bread, then cut the bread into small croutons. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the bread until it starts to become crisp. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted. These can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Reheat the soup if needed, taste for seasoning, then serve scattered with croutons and seeds and drizzled with more olive oil, if you want.

Source: BBC Good Food

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Million Dollar Chair…

Marc Newson is the most acclaimed and influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25% of the total contemporary design market.

His work has become amongst the highest selling in auctions. One of his three Lockheed Lounge chairs sold for $968,000 at Sotheby’s in 2006, and £1,100,000 at a 2009 auction at Phillips de Pury & Company.


Image: Wiki

Lockheed Lounge, 1986


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The Egg Chair


Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg™ for the lobby and reception areas in the Royal Hotel, in Copenhagen. The commission to design every element of the hotel building as well as the furniture was Jacobsen’s grand opportunity to put his theories of integrated design and architecture into practice. The Egg is one of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s total design – a sculptural contrast to the building’s almost exclusively vertical and horizontal surfaces. The Egg sprang from a new technique, which Jacobsen was the first to use; a strong foam inner shell underneath the upholstery. Like a sculptor, Jacobsen strove to find the shell’s perfect shape in clay at home in his own garage. Because of the unique shape, the Egg guarantees a bit of privacy in otherwise public spaces and the Egg – with or without footstool – is ideal for lounge and waiting areas as well as the home. The Egg Pod Chair is available in a wide variety of fabric upholstery as well as leather, always combined with a star shaped base in satin polished aluminium.

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