• Berluti : Miami Art Basel

    To celebrate Miami Art Basel, Berluti held a cocktail party at their store in honour of the Dutch artist Maarten Baas before guests were guided by Berluti clad models to the de la Cruz gallery for dinner.

    We created rich oil clothed table tops harnessed with rope and gold eyelets, these were decorated with bespoke copper tubes of varying heights filled with masculine plant heads. Festoon lighting strung from the ceiling created a warm glow for guests to enjoy a menu of Berluti Stone Crab, Pistachio Crusted Lamb and icecream served from a traditional cart. Donald Robertson’s illustrated stone crab bibs and Berluti Miami menus created a quirky feature for guests to take away.

    Video Clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVQreT4yjdY

    Detail of copper tubes, flower heads and tea lights.

    Waiter wearing Berluti leather aprons serving icecreams

    Icecreams served from a traditional cart

    Berluti Miami menu illustrated by Donald Robertson

  • Louis Vuitton Townhouse Opening in Selfridges

    To celebrate the opening of the three story Louis Vuitton Townhouse at Selfridges French Maids opened the door and welcomed guests to a business breakfast before a girls lunch, hosted by Julie de Libran, commenced on the second floor. We teamed up with the Hemsley and Hemsley sisters whose menu was served in our custom-made Bento Boxes. Jo Ratcliff created a beautifully illustrated tablecloth inspired by all things Louis Vuitton, in particular the images Bay Garnett had curated for the viewfinder invitations. For the cocktail party, guests had their Louis Vuitton card holders monogrammed while Mary Charteris and Robbie Furze DJ’d the night away with everyone enjoying cocktails made by legendary Savoy bartender Peter Dorelli.

  • Damien Hirst- Doha

    To celebrate Damien Hirst’s first exhibition in the Middle East we were asked to create the after party of all after parties in the Doha desert. Taking inspiration from traditional Middle Eastern patterns and Damien’s modern aesthetic, we built tents lined in monochromatic print and adorned them with copper lanterns. The tables were lined in rich black oil cloth (our new favourite material) and accessorised with gold studs. Beautiful copper beat vases gave us a backdrop for the sumptuous middle eastern feast and we sourced local bowls from the Souq to create exotic flower arrangements comprised of succulents and aloe vera.


    Arrival in Doha


    Damien Hirst Pharmacy Juice bar, Doha Desert


    The Prada Oasis, shop selling the limited edition Damien Hirst and Prada collaboration handbag


    The opulent feasting table


    Brass and copper hanging lanterns


    Camel dressing, Pom poms and tassels


    Camel dressing and the beautiful desert


    Desert swings


    Desert fire pits


    Damien himself


    Succlents and tealights


    A little shopping

  • Just Married ~ How to Celebrate Your Wedding in Style According to Fiona Leahy

    It has always been a dream to share our ideas and vision and I am so excited to have collaborated with Gestalten to write this book on weddings. The celebration of marriage is one of the most evocative occasions most of us will experience, either as a participant or as a guest. There is an alchemy involved that is completely unique and I feel incredibly fortunate to have forged a career that gives me the chance to experience first-hand the personal mix of imagination and artistry that is unique to each wedding.

    Available to buy on: http://shop.gestalten.com/just-married.html

  • Berluti

    We recently designed and produced a dinner for the new Berluti store launch in London at the Blain Southern Gallery during the Bill Viola Exhibition.  It was a refreshing opportunity to work on a very masculine event.  We created bespoke long grey wooden tables with sunken centre troughs that we filled with gorgeous succulents for a seamless, bucolic run.  I adore succulents.  Their fleshy sculptural forms and incredible colour variations were the perfect masculine alternative to flowers.

     

    Berluti was established in 1895 and in the workshop the makers wear leather aprons, which we thought would work brilliantly on the event waiting staff to bring an element of the workshop to the table.  Photograph by Nick Vinson

    Leather embossed menus, which were then patinated by Berluti craftsmen with Berluti shoehorns on top.

     Bill Viola’s art work adorned the walls.

    Valentine Warner made all the food and the amazing Colin Field from the Hemmingway Bar at the Ritz created delicious bespoke cocktails.

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