A Royal Affair

Make your own pewter-ware or buy one (or two) – with Royal Selangor.

Malaysian-born Royal Selangor is renowned for being the world’s leading pewter manufacturer and retailer, continuously expanding its repertoire of trinkets and other articles since being founded in 1885. But did you know you could watch the magic happen and make your own pewter-ware too at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre?

Located in Setapak Jaya, the centre functions as the go-to place to experience pewter – both as beautiful pieces to admire and as a historical craft tied to the colonial era. Attentive guides whisk visitors through the history of the household name through the personal effects and pewter artefacts of Yong Koon, the man responsible for planting the seed for the pewter empire more than a hundred years ago.

Be sure to ask about a certain lucky teapot, either to the guides or the granddaughter of Yong Koon himself, Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen, who still mans the showroom, sharing her family’s story with the visitors. Don’t forget to capture some photos too, especially with the two-storey high replica of the Petronas Twin Towers and the 2-metre tall Giant Tankard, which holds the Guinness Book of Records certification as the largest tankard in the world – both entirely made of pewter.

More adventurous visitors may head to The Foundry, one of the centre’s popular experiential workshops (the other one being The School of Hard Knocks).

Lasting 60 minutes, The Foundry allows visitors to immerse themselves in the craft of pewtersmithing and return home with a unique pewter memento. Guided by an instructor, participants are taken through the fundamentals of casting, polishing and decorating, either using available moulds or by going freehand. Priced at RM180 (inclusive of GST) per person, the workshop is a perfect place for spending family-friendly weekend or team-building.

Our team at UPPRE recently had the privilege of experiencing the newly refurbished The Foundry first-hand.

If you are looking to buy, Royal Selangor does not cease to amaze with the gamut of items that can be made in pewter. In case you would like to add a bit more class to your home bar, look for Bar, the collection of sleek pewter lattices made with glass. Evoking nostalgic memories of elegant witty cocktail parties held in suburban homes or swanky bachelor pads in the 1950s and 60s, Bar takes inspiration from geometric motifs of Mid-Century architectural screen blocks. The new range includes cocktail shaker and measure, whisky decanter, champagne coupes and martini glasses for those who like their favourite drink shaken or stirred.

Meanwhile, Circa, Royal Selangor’s collection for the modern tabletop takes its cue from the mid-century modern design of the 1950s. Echoing the modern style of fusing organic and manmade materials, the pieces are revealed in a combination of pewter accents and the dark purple-brown tones of Kulim wood. On the other hand, the Stripes series features another iteration of Circa — a striking pairing of Kulim wood with the pale cream shades of rubber wood, finished with pewter. Headliners of the collection are the cheese boards and cheese knives.

Circa II and Stripes (L-R).

Not forgetting the little ones, Royal Selangor presents Bunnies’ Day Out, a collection of bunny themed children’s gifts. Embracing the vibrant carnival or fun fair atmosphere, Bunnies’ Day Out evokes the nostalgia of fun filled family holidays during the summer. Highlights of the collection are the various types of music carousels as well as the personalisation feature of the coin box and photoframes to engrave a name or special message.

All of Royal Selangor’s creative collections are now available at any Royal Selangor retail store, authorised dealer and online at www.royalselangor.com

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is open from 9am to 5pm every day, including weekends and public holidays. Admission to the Visitor Centre is free, and complimentary guided tours are provided.

For further information, visit www.royalselangorvisitorcentre.com or call 03-4145 6122.

E-mail enquiries can be directed to visitorcentre@royalselangor.com.my

Vimal Palasekaran

Vimal Palasekaran

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