Who’s Coming For Dinner?

by Liza Laserow

A couple of months ago I was approached by interior designer Kati Curtis (http://www.nirmada.com/) and Laura Bohn (http://lbda.com/). They had both been invited by the New York Design Center (nydc.com) to style a sear at DIFFA’s annual Dining by Design (diffa.org), in conjunction with the Architecturasl Digest Home Design Show. A huge dining table is set by 18 amazing interior designers who each get one seat to design. This year they got to choose their dream dinner guest as style inspiration.

Katie chose Freddie Mercury. Queen has never been one of my favorite bands but to have Mr Mercury at my dining table would definitely be interesting. As one of her main accessories to style Mr Mercury’s seat she wanted to use one of a pair of crowns we have for sale in our showroom at New York Design Center (http://laserowantiques.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=575265). The crowns are made in Russia during the 19th Century and were used during Greek Orthodox wedding ceremonies. The are made in brass and decorated with rubies and sapphires and inlays of portraits of priests painted on porcelain.

Laura Bohn’s dream guest to host at her dining table was the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Laura chose the perfect seat for her guest: A pair of Italian side chairs  made during the baroque period that lasted between 1650-1750 in Europe.  Alexander McQueen was highly inspired by  this period of time. It was a period filled with color, exaggerated lines, details and drama – just like the design of McQueen’s collections. The chairs are upholstered in black leather with pressed flower details that is attached with over sized brass nail heads into a black oak frame. (http://laserowantiques.1stdibs.com/store/furniture_item_detail.php?id=479283)

Read why Laura chose Alexander McQueen as her dream guest http://designerscollaborativenyc.com/when-gypsy-rose-met-lee-laura-bohn-sets-table-for-diffas-dining-by-design/

Who would your dream guest be?!?!

DIFFA Dining By Design:

Date:  March 22nd to March 26th

Venue: Pier 94 at 55th Street. Co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Show

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