Renzo Mongiardino is not as widely known as icon David Hicks, but the Italian architect and interior designer also created some very swinging 60s pads; notably Lee Radziwill's exotic, heavily patterned London drawing room. Theatrical and classic are words commonly used to describe his work. As soon as I saw Margaret Russell's lush tables today at Dining By Design, I thought of Mongiardino.
Isnik-inspired fabrics by Mehmet and Dimonah Iskel were, to me, the stars of Russell's tented vignette. Other global-chic details included: napkins from Les Indiennes; Damasco collection plates through Pepa G Imports; lanterns by Imports from Marrakesh; and chargers from Centrum.
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I'll be back with a better taste of the widely varied tables on view at DBD, Atlanta 2007. But in the meantime, here is one of the most lighthearted concepts. (Millie, notice the critters.)
Camping-chic by Sandy Thigpen and Design Within Reach for Edelman. Please click all photos for a better view.
BTW: Hats-off to Margaret Russell and DIFFA for organizing such a fabulous event. Guests were well treated and definitely not underwhelmed.