Titian Studios in London are one of Europe’s premier studios / workshops for high-end restoration and conservation. Their talented team has a varied skill base capable of undertaking a wide variety of projects, whether residential or commercial. The Company was founded in 1963 and Rodrigo Titian was taught the trade by his father. They run a thriving workshop and Rod and his wife Rosario have passed their knowledge on to many artisans and restorers who have done apprenticeships under their expert guidance and have since gone on to develop their own workshops.
It pleases us to say that we have supplied Titian Studios with gold leaf and gilding materials for many years and have become good friends with Rod and his team. Due to the company’s extensive skill base and “ never say never” attitude, the projects we have worked with them on have been as varied as is possible.
We supplied leaf for the re-gild of the Royal Albert Memorial, the Dome of the Guru-Nanak temple in London, the gilding of various interior hotel projects including the Dorchester and the Sheraton Hotels, London. Also, we have supplied leaf for a variety of high-end residential projects using many different metals, Caplain, Palladium, Platinum, and Champagne gold leaf.
An interesting, but unusual, project that we supplied leaf for was a commission for gilded shoes and accessories. These were to be shown to an audience of worldwide fashion icons at a fashion show during London Fashion Week. Despite the strange nature of the request the talented team of gilders at Titian was not fazed and yet again they produced some lovely gilding work… oh to own a pair of those shoes!
This bike mixes low key functional looks with ostentatious flair to create a truly head-turning piece of work that serves as a fantastic showcase for the hard work of the team at Untitled Motorcycles. Deep under the arches, behind the canal, within spitting distance of the markets and the MTV studios in Camden Town resides the home of Untitled Motorcycles, where Adam, Rex & Anita chop, grind, weld, rivet and wrestle old school bikes into retro-modern classic street rides.
This bike was originally put together by the team for the Bike Shed event last May who have elevated this once humble R80/7 to a masterpiece on wheels. The gold leaf finish was done by Adam himself; taking inspiration from picture frames and Chinese art he laid the 23.5ct leaf over a red undercoat – a common technique to enhance the colour of leaf, in a few places the undercoat shows through evoking the effect of weathering on ancient Chinese statues.
This bike is now Adam’s everyday ride and it’s fair to see now that he’s on a bike you simply can’t miss. This bike is a testament to the craft and quality of Untitled Motorcycles street customs, if you’re interested in riding one of your own then get in touch with them through their website. If this article has inspired you to try using gold leaf in your own projects then just remember this: this project was Adam’s first time gilding and he learned as he went along and as you can see for yourself the results are stunning. If you’ve got your own project that you’d like to add some flair to then we have a range of kits available on our website to help get you started!