By Royal Selangor on June 29, 2020
Royal Selangor celebrates its 135th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, a special exhibition is held at its Pavilion KL Flagship store. Archival photographs and vintage pewter pieces depict its journey through time as it grew from a small family pewter business in 1885, to a well-known pewter brand after weathering two world wars, family feuds, economic turmoil and pandemic. It also showcases a selection of unique employees who work in Royal Selangor.
The exhibition features key highlights in Royal Selangor’s history, heritage and the awards which it has received. It begins by setting the scene for Royal Selangor’s founding which began with the discovery of tin in 19th century Kuala Lumpur, which was under British rule. Yong Koon, the company’s founder arrived at this tin mining town and joined his brothers in business. He was a pewtersmith. A series of photographs tell the story of business expansion under Yong Koon and his family, and the formation pewter companies by his sons. It also details the efforts of his third son, Peng Kai to grow Selangor Pewter, the only surviving pewter company.
Visitors also learn about traditional pewtersmithing and how Royal Selangor modernised the craft and its associate companies, Comyns which does silversmithing and Selberan which crafts jewellery. In addition, they can also view collaborative works with designers from around the world and bespoke pieces through the display series.
Royal Selangor’s Pavilion KL Flagship store features interiors designed to create an all-encompassing retail experience. Its monotone look harmonises different colours, materials and textures which include a showcase of tiles and coffee table using Royal Selangor’s Metalesce technique, to provide immense visual and tactile experiences to customers.
The exhibition can be viewed now until 15 August.