Opened in 1870, Stanley Park is iconic within the fabric of the city of Liverpool. It is the dividing ground between the cities two great footballing institutions. On its northern border sits Goodison Park, home of Everton FC and half a mile away on its southern border sits Anfield, home of Liverpool FC.
Nestled within Stanley Park is the Isla Gladstone Conservatory. Originally built in 1870, this structure fell into disrepair during the mid-20th century and was completely reconstructed between 2007 and 2009. It was named after Isla Gladstone – a 20th century designer, gardener, and student of Liverpool.
Kemps Bistro occupies the lower level of the Isla Gladstone Conservatory. Daedalian Glass Studios were briefed to create a series of decorative internal and external glass walls for the dining area of Kemps Bistro.
It was requested that these decorative walls reflect the setting of the conservatory within an historic park, and that they incorporate the designs the woman the structure is named after, Isla Gladstone.
Daedalian Glass Studios Founder, Davia Walmsley worked with the late Isla Gladstone's family, searching through her design archives and finding suitable material to be transposed into glass.
On the exterior windows Davia used a subtle rose design. This was created on the surface of the glass using a multi-layer etching technique.
To match the interior design colour scheme, and to create a focal feature, the internal walls feature a collage of flower blossoms. Their arrangement is reminiscent of a fireworks display.