A dozen pre-war Talbot motor cars with a combined age of over 1000 years returned home on Sunday 8th September to where they were made; our building, Ladbroke Hall.
Our building was the first purpose built car factory and showroom in the UK, opening its doors in 1903 and impressively this year we celebrated the centenary of the 100 miles in 1 hour World Record, set in 1913 by a car built right here at Sunbeam’s Ladbroke Hall. Through this achievement the driver Percy Lambert became the fastest man ever over this distance – on land, sea, or air, for which he earned the status of celebrity and national hero.
With people like Winston Churchill using the building as his experimental warfare establishment in WW1, the famous Kings visit in 1918, and the long line of motoring heroes such as Percy Lambert’s achievements, our building’s history has certainly set a high bar for us to aim for.
We were proud to host Stella’s fabulous flash mob rehearsals in our Suite A last week ahead of the real thing which kicked off London Fashion Week this season. Forget dreary old conventional catwalk, this was surround-fashion: Yasmin Le Bon and Amber Valetta dancing on tables and chairs, Shalom Harlow throwing diva-like shapes.
Stella’s first London show in sixteen years was definitely a star-studded night to remember. “This is London,” said McCartney. “I wanted to do something bold.”
Sunbeam Studios was proud to have hosted the ultimate kids party for the Stella McCartney SS12 collection launch. Stella and her friends celebrated in style with their children who enjoyed pony rides, a helter skelter, scalextric, & a photobooth minicab.
Centrefold Magazine – A retrospective selection from 2003-2011
Sunbeam Studios proudly presents the first in a series of intimate gallery shows at the studios in North Kensington. On the 1st of September 2011, Sunbeam launched a retrospective selection of Centrefold Magazine going back to the inception of the magazine in 2003 as well as including prints from the newest, yet unreleased, edition.
The inaugural installation in Sunbeam’s new show space, curated by Petek Sketcher and Andrew G Hobbs.KT Auleta, Mario Godlewski, Hans Feurer, Peter Hill, Andrew G. Hobbs, Iain McKell, Albert G. Richards, Clare Shilland, Adam Whitehead, Yelena Yemchuk.
The private view went without a hitch last week! Despite the torrential downpours, we had a great turnout and now we have some fantastic work on our walls. Check out the video below of every Centrefold edition – on the night we projected a giant version over our cove in studio one. Thanks to everyone that came, look out for the next Sunbeam Show!
Delegates arrived in to Talbot Hall for some much needed coffee before moving in to Main Hall for a morning presentation, but as the delegates were about to find out this was no ordinary conference. The afternoon session in Rootes Hall made fantastic use of the space, the Bird’s Eye staff were set a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge under the watchful eye of celebrity chef John Torode. Whilst judging the delegate’s efforts Chef Torode commented that one of the dishes was the best soup he’d ever tasted, not bad for an afternoon’s work!
To celebrate the release of the Glee Season 1 DVD boxset, Pringles and Fox teamed up to bring a day of Glee mania to 100 competition winners. Sunbeam’s Main Hall was transformed into a high school auditorium, the competition winners were spoilt with singing and dancing lessons as well as American themed food courtesy of Purple Grape. The gleeks got to dress up in lots of fun costumes and at the end of the day Eliza Doolittle hosted the final performances by the gleeks who got to relive their favourite scenes on their very own Glee stage. Everyone went home with glee bags crammed full of goodies and a big smile on their gleek faces.
Sunbeam Launch Party in association with ISES Talks
Held in association with ISES Talks we were able to launch our brand new Studios One and Four to the event industry. At Sunbeam we are dedicated to operating in a sustainable fashion. Therefore our goal for the evening was to inspire our peers in the event industry to make a change and think about the impact our choices make. We were very grateful to Duncan Goose, founder of The One Foundation, who came along to talk about his amazing story which certainly inspired all of us.
Many of our partners contributed to the evening in their own special ecological way. To add a little fun to our task of finding sustainable energy sources, Magnificent Revolution brought along their bicycle powered generators which provided the energy to our sound system. Needless to say the evening was well received and demonstrated how doing the right thing is achievable and very exciting!
Nina Ricci’s release of their new perfume was marked with an elegant and sophisticated product launch at Sunbeam Studios in collaboration with Velvet Living. Guests arrived for a canapé and drinks reception in Talbot Hall and moved into our Main Hall for a presentation by a Nina Ricci representative. Guests were then invited into our brand new Rootes Hall for a special performance set to a backdrop of Nina Ricci trademark red apples and a red forest setting. As the first event to take place in the new studio this was a very elegant start to what we’re sure will be an exciting event filled-year in our new space.