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dinner by design / IDS vancouver 2016

Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments — from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical — set the stage for two days of fun and fascination.

My friends of Kalu Interiors were invited to be one of the designers. They were also tapped to design and create the Interior Design Show Bar Feature, which was themed ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’. Kalu asked if I would be a part of their Dinner by Design space and I quickly answered, "yes!" before they could even finish asking.

Our tablescape will take guests on a journey where nothing is as it seems... 

Inspired by the forest and eccentricity, thoughtful yet incompatible furnishings are

paired with elegance to set the stage for what will be a Mad Dinner Party.

Small nuances throughout the space hint to a whimsical world beyond

where guests will get lost in the magic of our Wonderland.

Kalu and I worked quite closely together from early brainstorming, sourcing the perfect chairs, to the final execution(s). These 'perfect chairs' were most definitely a labour of love. We were able to find previously loved chairs on Craigslist and in vintage shops to which we added our personal touch. With quite a few spray paint cans and some feathery fingers, we had our one-of-a-kind eclectic chairs - the disapproving ostrich, shaggy highland cow and my personal favourite, the golden feathery one.

Specializing in cake toppers and other laser cut items, Leanne Madeline added that ‘final touch’ to the tablescape. Each of the ten settings were different from each other with a charger and matching saying. For example, the Queen of Hearts shaped charger had 'off with her head' placed as a place setting / napkin holder.


Alice - 'i'm not myself'

Spade - 'it's only a dream'

White Rabbit - 'i'm late! i'm late!'

Tea Pot - 'tea time'

Cheshire Cat - 'i'm not crazy'

Caterpillar -  'whooo r u?'

Mad Hatter - 'you're mad'

Heart - 'she's a wildflower'

Tweedle-Dum - 'tweedle-dum'

Coinciding with Kalu's 'Down the Rabbit Hole' IDS Bar Feature, it was only fitting to have a 'down the rabbit hole' cake topper sit proudly on top our table’s centerpiece: a cake created by the talented Letterpress Bakery.

Other hints of wonderland were found on the table with 'eat me' cookies in a golden treasure chest and a vial with a 'drink me' tag containing blue liquid.

Partners, Aleem Kassam and Phyllis Lui met while attending The Art Institute of Vancouver. While they both have very individually unique styles and sensibilities for design, the pair share an undeniable passion for interior design. It is this passion that has led them to understand the importance of personal style and space for their clients’ homes. Inspiring, beautiful, inspirational, unique, individual – all qualities they feel an environment should reflect.