On a late October evening in New York, Farrow & Ball invited a group of friends and online influencers to a dinner party that celebrated the intersection of design and cuisine and their 70th Anniversary.
They teamed up with lifestyle blogger and entertaining expert, Athena Calderone, to bring their recently launched 1940s-inspired wallpapers to life at Haven’s Kitchen. On Athena’s blog, EyeSwoon, she shares the most swoon-worthy glimpses into her life – from impeccably styled dinner tables to the most inspirational interiors, not to mention her love of living a colourful life!
The Table Design
Athena selected the beautifully scalloped Arcade wallpaper, to inspire the design of the room. To create the tablescape, she neatly tucked a wallpaper sample underneath the tableware, and layered the hand painted watercolour menu on top. Guests drank out of water glasses and wine coups with art deco detailing, as a nod to the popular design movement of Farrow & Ball’s founding decade. To tie everything together, Putnam & Putnam added flowers in complementary hues to the tables and to the wall in a breathtakingly beautiful arched design. The result proved that it’s all in the details!
The Inspirational Moodboards
Athena created large scale moodboards to represent the the other two wallpapers in the collection – Enigma and Gable. She brought the artistic visions of Farrow & Ball Creative Director, Charlotte Cosby, to life by pinning photos to large boards covered in each wallpaper. Athena also shared the Pinterest boards she curated for Enigma and Gable, click here and here to get inspired.
In regards to this moodboard, Athena said, “Enigma is a bold geometric design encompassing a series of interlocking rectangles – deceptively simple yet dynamic. I took this imagery and found similar concepts in everything from nature to fashion, to jewellry to floor tiles, and pinned these visuals atop the Enigma wallpaper with flat gold pushpins.”
“For Gable, black and white captures of houses and baby lambs, fashion shoots in the British countryside, and even woven white doilies and needlepoint made their way onto the mood board,” said Athena.
Haven’s Kitchen’s renowned chef, David Mawhinney, created a 4-course menu and two signature cocktails, using the wallpaper collection and Farrow & Ball’s rich English history as inspiration.
As for David’s menu, he said, “I decided to work with classical English dishes based on the Gable print, with the focal point being a “Sunday Roast.” The dish inspired by Arcade was a more straightforward interpretation, and I saw the repeating scalloping motif as inspiration for a scallop dish. In keeping with the rest of the menu, the composition of the dish was a simple one that let the key ingredients speak, so it was a few bay scallops sauteed and then finished with a little browned butter, lemon and parsley – which would have been a somewhat typical preparation around that time. The scallops were then served back in the shell and placed on a plate with rock salt.”
Join the party…
Inspired by Athena’s delectable dinner party? Host a Farrow & Ball inspired dinner party for your chance to win. Order your free samples here and then style them as a part of your favourite meal. Then share a photo with #TasteinColour and tag @FarrowandBall. At the end of the month, they will choose their favourite photo and give one winner five free rolls of wallpaper of their choice (this is running in the US only). May the most delicious design win!
Photos by Sarah Elliot