Designer Donna Wilson has teamed up with luxury chocolatier Rococo to produce a set of unique hand-painted Easter eggs. Futurespace Magazine finds out the inspiration behind the unique range.
Donna Wilson’s first ever Easter egg designs – launched in collaboration with London-based Rococo Chocolates – are no run-of-the-mill spring treats. Although the chocolate shells host images of typical bunnies, chicks and Easter lambs, they also feature a host of other Wilson-esque animals.
The egg designs have evolved from Wilson’s existing textile collection, with foxes, owls, cats and birds all featuring quite prominently. All are painted with the designer’s quirky touch and a sprinkling of colour and humour.
“James from Rococo suggested the “Food Chain” series and I decided that it would be lovely to have a carrot within a rabbit within a fox!” she told Futurespace Magazine.
“The Owl and the Pussycat is my favourite design. It was inspired by the Owl and Pussycat, which feature on our round cushions, sailing away on their beautiful boat.”
The designs of this limited edition range are hand-painted (like all of Rococo’s eggs), onto a white chocolate surface. The shell is backed with a thick, dark chocolate layer.
“They are just so unique, off-the-wall, but very charming.”
This is a very new type of collaboration for Rococo, managing director James Booth told this publication. He said the chocolatiers have never worked so extensively with a designer such as Wilson before, with nearly all previous design ideas coming from in-house production.
Booth said the eggs are most likely to have appeal to kids (over the age of 25!) and anyone with a slightly quirky imagination.
And what sets this range apart from other eggs on the shelves? “They are just so unique, off-the-wall, but very charming,” he said.
“Our chocolate painter has had to work very hard to reproduce the Donna Wilson vibe in 2D chocolate on a curved inner egg surface! We felt this year we wanted a break from our traditional painted chicks and leaping hare designs, and these eggs have livened everyone up.”
The range includes: One hand-painted egg in Rococo Bona China egg cup. Owl, pussycat and rabbit designs. Retails at £9.95.
Two hand-painted eggs in Rococo box, the Owl and the Pussycat. Retails at £13.95. Size 2 (70g) hand-painted egg in Rococo Box.
Rabbit design with three ganaches. Retails at £17.50 Size 3 (160g) hand-painted egg in rococo box.
Chick design filled with Rococo chocolates (six ganaches and two chocolate squares). Retails at £25.00.Size 4 (220g) hand-painted egg in Rococo box.
Lamb design filled with 10 mixed chocolates and three chocolate squares. Retails at £35.00.
‘Food Chain’ Russian doll style Egg in Rococo box: size 2 carrot egg, swallowed up by size 3 rabbit, inside size 4 fox design egg with three ganaches. Retails at £55.00.