The Nyetimber Pressing Centre is located at the historic Nyetimber Estate in Sussex – mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086. In contrast with the estate’s ancient architecture – preserved and restored as one of Nyetimber’s pillars – this modern building features state-of-the-art machinery in which a daily 120 tons of grapes are pressed during the yearly harvest period. Industry experts have described this building as “the finest Pressing Centre they’d ever seen”.
Owner and CEO Eric Heerema wanted to celebrate the skill, excellence, and tireless work that takes place in the building. His idea was to give the reception of the Pressing Centre a textural and organic feature to make it more welcoming to anyone visiting or working there.
He invited Dutch artist and textile designer Claudy Jongstra to work on his brief.
Jongstra is known worldwide for her monumental artworks and architectural installations, whose organic surfaces and nuanced tones reflect her masterful innovations in the ancient technique of making wool felt.
Join us on a visit to the Pressing Centre and discover how the artist interpreted the Nyetimber ethos in colour and texture, her inspiration, and the materials and processes used – notably diverse, inclusive, and ecologically fair – to create Earth and Humanity in Harmony – her piece for Nyetimber.