In conjunction with its 135th anniversary, Royal Selangor is holding a special exhibition at its Pavilion KL Flagship store. Archival photographs and displays of vintage pewter pieces tell a story of growth. From a small family pewter business in 1885, to an iconic pewter brand, Royal Selangor has weathered two world wars, economic upheaval, and a pandemic.
The exhibition features milestones in the company’s history, heritage, and the awards which it has been granted. It also showcases a selection of unique employees who work in Royal Selangor. The exhibition begins with the discovery of tin in 19th century Kuala Lumpur while under British rule.
Yong Koon, the company’s founder came to this humble tin mining town where he joined his brothers in business, as a pewtersmith. A collection of photographs chronicles the business expansion under Yong Koon and his kin, and emerging pewter companies founded by his sons. It also spotlights the endeavours of his third son, Peng Kai, to grow Selangor Pewter which remains the sole surviving pewter company of the family’s ventures.
Besides the company’s origin story, visitors can also learn about the art of traditional pewtersmithing. Specifically, how Royal Selangor revolutionised the craft, alongside associate companies. For instance, Comyns has always handled silversmithing while Selberan crafts jewellery. Additionally, guests may also view collaborative projects with international designers as well as bespoke pieces through the display series.
Royal Selangor’s Pavilion KL Flagship store’s interiors are designed to create an immersive retail experience. Set against the high contrast of black and white, colourful displays of tiles and coffee tables using Royal Selangor’s Metalesce technique harmonise with the environment, while providing a visual and tactile experience to customers.
The exhibition is open from now until 15 August 2020.
For more information, visit royalselangor.com