Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Last night was the opening event at the Architectural Digest Home Show and the long awaited Cocktails by Design for DIFFA which we were absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of.
Our table was a collaboration of 8 other designers who are also a part of New York Design Center’s Access to Design program (a group of select NYC interior designers that the design center recommends to consumers, making trade-only vendors accessible to the public, while promoting the use of design professionals. It’s such a great program and we are so honored to be a part of it – you can see our Access to Design profile here).
The theme of our table was “Who’s Coming to Dinner?” and each designer chose two guests to design a place setting for – the guests either had to be fictional or no longer living, but other than that there were few rules (and you know we creative types aren’t huge fans of rules! )
Our table really seemed to be the hit of the night (not that we’re biased or anything!) But seriously, while all of the tables were well thought out, many innovative, creative and all beautiful, our table was definitely the most entertaining. Each place setting and chair was different, reflecting the chosen dinner guests, and the props…well, the props were crazy and fun, and totally made you understand who was sitting at that seat.
So who did we invite to dinner with us? The Queen of the Nile and the King of Rock and Roll, naturally.
We owe a huge thank you to so many people who helped make our vision come alive.
Cleopatra’s gorgeous golden stool came from Tucker Robbins. While we are sure the Cleo’s throne back in the day was magnificent and plush, we loved the idea of giving her something without a back, and without cushions, that we could really envision the ancient Egyptians sitting on…and of course, dripping in a gold that is just the perfect mix of shiny and dull, well, Cleo, we hope you feel we did you justice!
These Marc Blackwell plates that we chose reminded us of an Egyptian headpiece….
And we topped that off with a splash of black + white graphic, and the incomparable Hermes Mosaique au 24 collection which we are absolutely enamored with.
Orrefors made our day by loaning us goblets from the Karl Lagerfeld collection. These glasses are truly divine, and the best part is the built in coaster – the beefiness of the glass is just outstanding.
And to keep things edgy, instead of a classic 5 piece flatware set, we chose to go with this Michael Aram piece to use as a fork – we loved that it’s totally crude in it’s design and material.
Some finishing touches included gold snakes which slithered under the plates and in the glasses, an obelisk (as homage to Cleopatra’s needle in Central Park), and a gold pipe, since it’s rumored that Cleopatra enjoyed smoking opium (we couldn’t resist!)
We had so much fun with Elvis – his chair, by Profiles, was a little bit retro and the shape totally reminded us of mod 70s furniture design.
Again, we turned to Marc Blackwell for an awesome plate that replicates mahogany wood, a gold houndstooth dessert plate, and a gold rimmed scotch glass – a perfect mix of Elvis’ manly southern vibe plus his glitzy Vegas style.
We are in love with this Oneida gunmetal flatware – it’s dark and shiny, masculine and very serious looking.
The plates were stacked on a pile of vintage records, and of course we included a jar of peanut butter and some aviator shades. And our finishing touch was a blue suede napkin, which our good friends at Osborne & Little helped us out with, and we wrapped in brown leather strappings that reminded us of his love of horses.
The gala event is on Monday evening so you can definitely expect more photos then! In the meantime, read an interview with us by Vedere on the DIFFA event here, and if you’re in the city tomorrow with nothing to do, stop by!
Again, thanks to all of the vendors that helped make this happen – we are absolutely grateful for your involvement!