NEJ STEVENSON CREATES LUXURY OAK CASK FOR FINAL DECANTER IN THE MACALLAN SIX PILLARS COLLECTION

Bespoke furniture company N.E.J Stevenson, has completed its latest luxury commission, creating an exceptional oak box, encased in emerald leather with a rare Indian goat skin interior, to house the final whisky in The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. 

N.E.J Stevenson has crafted this high quality finished product for the sixth and final addition to The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection. The box is veneered in burr oak with inlaid mirror polished copper sheet. The interface between the two materials proved an especially challenging element of the project, requiring the two sections to be made and fitted, then independently polished before being reassembled. Internally, NEJ Stevenson has created a hinged section that holds a book.

NEJ Stevenson has created 450 boxes in a complex process where the company’s precise attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship have shone through at every stage, from veneering to assembly, inlaying the copper and creating the interiors to be covered in leather. The copper has been polished and lacquered by Osprey and the leather work has been undertaken by Shepherds book binders.

The partnership between French crystal house Lalique and The Macallan started in 2005, with the joint aim of celebrating the art, beauty, heritage and craftsmanship of both whisky and crystal making. This sixth and final release continues to showcase the commitment of both Lalique and The Macallan to create beautiful and desirable objets d'art. NEJ Stevenson was the natural choice for the box, due to their reputation for exceptional joinery and creative design, as well as the company’s experience in designing and creating unique, presentation cases for the luxury drinks market.

“To be a part of such a renowned series is a great privilege and is the perfect platform for us to showcase our craftsmanship,” says Neil Stevenson, Managing Director of NEJ Stevenson. “After all, in the same way that the finest Whisky is created with crucial attention to detail, here at N.E.J Stevenson, we also believe that a bespoke commission such as this requires a great deal of skill, care and attention in its craftsmanship. What could be better for the finest whisky than the finest handcrafted boxes?”

The final decanter in this global sell out collection, is named the 'Peerless Spirit', which features a 65 year old whisky from The Macallan – one of the oldest and rarest to be released from the distillery - and is housed in NEJ Stevenson’s green leather and oak box. Mirroring the focal peerless drop on the Lalique crystal decanter, a copper droplet is placed on the front of the cask, whilst the interior fitment has been lined with an exquisite rare leather made from Indian goat skin to give it a luxurious finish.

The Macallan 65 Years Old 'Peerless Spirit' decanter and cask is set to retail at approximately   $35,000 USD and o nly 450 individually numbered pieces have been created.

For more information on NEJ Stevenson, please visit www.nejstevenson.co.uk .

For further information on NEJ Stevenson, please contact:

Jenny Parker or Lucy Williams at Wildwood PR. Tel :  +44 (0)1293 851115                

Email: jenny.parker@wildwoodpr.com / lucy.williams@wildwoodpr.com  

Editors Notes

About NEJ Stevenson

NEJ Stevenson Ltd is one of the UK’s most highly regarded bespoke furniture manufacturers, providing design solutions for fine quality, bespoke furniture and fitted interiors.

In addition to being a Royal Warrant holder, Neil Stevenson is Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and a Brother and Trustee of the Artworkers Guild. NEJ Stevenson is an Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and Neil was formerly their Industry Director. He chaired the National Training Board for Furniture and sat on the Board of Proskills (the Sector Skills Council for Process and Manufacturing).

www.nejstevenson.co.uk

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world's finest single malt whiskies. The story of The Macallan is built on the Six Pillars, each influencing the whisky in its own distinct way. Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Exceptional Oak Casks, Natural Color and the Peerless Spirit of The Macallan itself combined with its long experience of distilling and maturing a single malt whisky result in a reputation for product excellence and distinctive character. The vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, together with true mastery, set it apart from the rest.  For more information, visit www.themacallan.com. The Macallan can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Lalique

Founded in 1888, Lalique is one of the crown jewels of France's crystal industry. René Lalique, renowned as the inventor of modern jewellery, then became Master in the art of glassmaking. Over time, his name has become the powerful symbol of a unique expertise, a synonym for luxury, excellence, creativity and an immediately recognizable style. Today, Lalique has reinvented the creative, eclectic world of its founder with its contemporary work in five areas: decorative items, interior design, jewellery, perfumes, and art. The crystal pieces are produced in Alsace France at the unique Lalique factory, opened in 1921. Lalique continues to thrive as a truly timeless lifestyle brand.

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