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Afternoon delight

- Polychroma­tic confection­s and a vivid vase lend colour to our tea party

There is something about the bold, colourful, organic forms of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s sculptures that make them seem good enough to eat. So it’s hardly surprising that her pieces have inspired chefs to create dishes that give edible form to the Japanese artist’s works of art. Inspired by her Infinity Mirror Rooms, currently at Tate Modern, Mark Perkins, executive pastry chef at Rosewood London, has devised a Kusama afternoon tea, combining Japanese flavours with traditiona­l French patisserie. The tea, served in the hotel’s aptly named Mirror Room, includes a trio of treats inspired by Kusama artworks and flavoured with the likes of yuzu, matcha green tea and praline. We got our paws on a couple of these colourful cakes and served our own afternoon tea alongside a coupe of Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame 2012 x Yayoi Kusama champagne (W*259) and flowers arranged in a stunning new vase by Bohemian glass maker Moser. Echoing the harmonious riot of colour in the cakes, the ‘Mambo’ vase’s elongated cut glass body, in seamlessly graduated hues, meshes strikingly with its robust, solid-colour base.

 ??  ?? ‘Commodore’ coupes, €70 each, by Oswald Haerdtl, for Lobmeyr. La Grande Dame 2012 x Yayoi Kusama limited edition champagne, £160, by Veuve Clicquot. Carrara marble platter, £60, by Serax. ‘Mambo’ vase, €2,910, by Moser. ‘Splendido’ velvet in red, price on request, by Dedar ‘Dots Obsession – Soul of Pumpkin’ and ‘Flowers that Bloom at Midnight’ cakes, both part of Kusama Art Afternoon Tea, from £65 per person, at Rosewood London, rosewoodho­tels.com
‘Commodore’ coupes, €70 each, by Oswald Haerdtl, for Lobmeyr. La Grande Dame 2012 x Yayoi Kusama limited edition champagne, £160, by Veuve Clicquot. Carrara marble platter, £60, by Serax. ‘Mambo’ vase, €2,910, by Moser. ‘Splendido’ velvet in red, price on request, by Dedar ‘Dots Obsession – Soul of Pumpkin’ and ‘Flowers that Bloom at Midnight’ cakes, both part of Kusama Art Afternoon Tea, from £65 per person, at Rosewood London, rosewoodho­tels.com

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