'The Structure of Chocolate'
Pierre Marcolini, Patternity and Toby Winteringham
As long-time admirers of chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, we sought to commission something more permanent than a cardboard box to present his impeccably crafted cocoa hits. We turned to Patternity and Toby Winteringham, who combined concept and craft to create 'The Structure of Chocolate'. The containers, in marquetry of sycamore and fumed oak with 'inlaid' chocolates, reference the chocolate molecule theobromine. Completing the project, Marcolini developed a dark chocolate ganache infused with woody favours, coffee and cardamom.
In 1995, Belgian-born Pierre Marcolini opened his first store in Brussels, and he now has outlets all over the world. His talent is in combining all manner of favours into beautifully textured bites of chocolate, made from carefully sourced, single origin beans.
Founded in 2009 by photographer and art director Anna Murray and product designer Grace Winteringham, Patternity is the go-to creative consultancy for introducing pattern to all types of designs, from food to fashion.
Furniture designer Toby Winteringham trained at the RCA before opening his own workshop in 1980. Based in Norfolk, he is driven by a love of simplicity, and specialises in marquetry, veneering and fine cabinetwork. His daughter Grace is one half of Patternity.
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Emma Moore