Art

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Design

Masterpiece London 2013
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Luxury

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Burlington Arcade Case Study

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Events

Joe Gilmour from Roberson at the October 1st Rock and The Vine
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Butchoff Antiques champions furniture makers of the future by launching a contemporary design competition to celebrate their 50th Anniversary

Visitors to the UK can find whatever floats their boat at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

 

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Musings

Clanging Gongs and Resonating News

 

Here we are at Muse, four years into our venture with Gong Communications and we find ourselves the lucky recipients of a rather prestigious award – one that even has HRH’s name on it – and an invitation to don a hat and hotfoot it to Buckingham Palace! It really is an outstanding achievement for the team and a real honour to be part of the first PR Company to receive this award.  Drum roll or loud clanging of gongs (pardon the pun) – we have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – it is the UK’s highest accolade for business success with winners selected by the Prime Minister’s office and approved by HM The Queen. I find myself pleasantly surprised and rather proud that not only are we winners this year, but that we have practised what we preach – i.e. we are normally far more vigilant about entering our clients for awards than ourselves.

This got us chatting internally about the value awards and gongs can add to a business and its international reach as well as the physical attributes a gong imbues. Largely that the gong is named after the sound it makes – “an engine of power releasing tone resonance and complex harmonics that are transferred to the recipient”, says legendary Gongmaster extraordinaire – Don Conreaux.

With that in mind we have decided that to celebrate this win we want to find the most impressive gong in the UK that we can clang decisively transferring happiness, success and goodwill as far as we can. Expect to see us embark on this quest in social media very soon.

Gongs date back circa 5,000 years ago to the Bronze Age with the majority produced in the far East; Burma, China and Java as well as Africa.  They were a symbol of status, success and wealth in Asia and from the time of Buddha in 600 BC all sacred Chinese gongs have been inscribed with the phrase’ happiness has arrived’. And it certainly has in this camp!

Gongs seem to be categorised into three types: Suspended gongs (flat, circular discs suspended from a cord), Bossed or Nipple gongs (that have a raised centre and are played horizontally) and Bowl gongs that rest on cushions. Looking at our logo I think we are on the hunt for a large nipple gong so please get in touch if you are in possession of such a thing!

More Musings

Designer Days

Emma Double, April 14, 2014

Recently our design clients have been very busy and so a great mix of both old and new design has come curling, twisting and projecting into my proverbial eye-line. The [...]

What can a commercial retail guru teach Art+Antique dealers?

Claire Owen, March 13, 2014

The LAPADA 2014 conference, expertly put together by Sarah Percy-Davis and Max Stiegler, was held at The House of Lords and was presented with an impressive line-up of speakers including Philip Graves, consumer Psychologist and professional speaker, Nigel White (International Business Communications Expert), Clare McAndrew (Arts Economics) and Sir Stuart Rose (previous Executive Chairman of the British retailer Marks & Spencer). The morning started off with a behind the scenes tour of Parliament which took us through the Queen’s robing room, along the series of paintings of King Henry VIII’s wives and finally to today’s recognised House of Commons Chamber. If you haven’t been on one of these tours around Parliament, I can’t recommend it enough. I leant more in one hour than I did in three years of history at school.

The conference was put together to inform members of LAPADA (the London and Provincial Antiques Dealers’ Association) of the status of the international market, demystify some consumer behaviours and to help them overcome some of the challenges they face in the commercial market. Although each speaker was inspiring, Sir Stuart Rose was the main highlight to whom we were all looking forward. Many of the dealers were trying to sell to him their wares after he mentioned his passion for decanters, and he managed to play them with his quick wit, but was eventually tempted by Lennox Cato’s advances and collected his business card afterwards.

A Monumental Valentine

Freya Simms, February 14, 2014

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Gong Muse announces new additions to client roster for 2014

Freya Simms, January 27, 2014

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BRICs vs MINTs

Lucy Barry, January 27, 2014

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Exhibition Review: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 900-1900 at the V&A

Emma Double, January 22, 2014

Chinese New Year is approaching and 2014′s year of the horse is galloping towards us. As Asian art booms across the world, it doesn’t appear to be the only fast-moving [...]