This month, Vogue Arabia is celebrating some of the most exciting talents in the region with a never-done-before, absolutely unique concept: Dine in Design, taking place on October 13.
A celebration of the magical moment where the worlds of art, design, fashion and fine dining collide, Dine in Design will take place at Dubai’s newest hotel, SO/ Uptown, and will emphasizes the growing link between fashion and design. The event also spotlights Vogue Arabia and Vogue Arabia Living’s commitment to supporting visionaries in the epicenter of the Middle East’s creative sector. For this one-of-a-kind evening — hosted in partnership with SO/ Uptown and Brazilian family-owned luxury furniture brand Breton — we selected some of the region’s leading architects, interior designers, and fashion designers, and gave them a challenge: to create the most lavish, out-of-this-world table settings that speak of their trademark aesthetic. The brief was simple: go as big, as bold, and as beautiful as you wish. In their designated space, each designer will showcase their distinct savoir-faire, transforming their table into an object d’art.
Who can you expect to see presenting a wondrous custom-design table at the event? Read on to discover the names who will be treating guests with an irresistible fusion between art, design, and fashion at the SO/Uptown’s grand ballroom.
Meet the designers
Spanning across fashion and interiors, a total of nine creatives will be customizing their dining spaces for their special guests. From the fashion world, jewelry maverick Nadine Kanso, and designers Zaid Farouki and Ghada Al Subaey will be hosting tables, while from the world of interiors, guests will get the chance to dine at the tables of Alua Kul (founder and creative director of Lumi Interiors), Kate Instone of Blush International, Dipiugi’s Sawsan Chammas Haber, and the dream duo behind Eva Interiors, Seema Al Mansouri and Thafer Al Bazae. Along with this, iconic couturier Elie Saab will be lending his eye to curate the Vogue Arabia table, while much-loved footwear designer Andrea Wazen will be putting together a special table for SO/ Uptown. Guests can also expect additional tables at the do, including one by Spanish home surfaces brand Cosentino, which will be curated by Vera Dieckmann of XO Atelier, and a special table for Breton, curated by LW Design.
What to expect from the evening
Dine in Design promises to go down as one of the most visually exciting events of the year, with a series of spectacular tables that spotlight the grandiose individuality of their curators. The evening will also boast a starry guest list, with Arabia’s leading celebrities rubbing shoulders with top designers and interior icons, all dressed in glitzy cocktail attire by Arab designers.
Along with the statement decor, Dine in Design will also treat guests to a specially curated performance by none other than Layla Kardan. As for the food, SO/ Uptown’s executive chef Antoine Baudry and executive sous chef Rami Hammoud will be creating a menu bursting with flavor to match the vibrance of the evening. To end things on a sweet note, 2022’s pastry chef of the year, chef Laure Dumas, will present an exquisite dessert.
Get to know SO/ Uptown Dubai
Having just opened its doors earlier this year, SO/Uptown has already sealed its spot among Dubai’s coolest new holiday spots, and also recently earned the Best Use of Art in Interior Design award at the 17th annual Commercial Interior Design MENA Awards. The hotel, which marks the tenth SO/ property in the world — after locations including Paris, Berlin, Aukland and the Maldives — is unmistakable for its avant-garde style, distinctive character, and a captivating design narrative. Add to that its remarkable dining and entertainment facilities, and that sweeping view of the city, Ain Dubai, and the Arabian Gulf, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
The story behind Breton
Supporting what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the season, Brazilian brand Breton is globally renowned for its luxurious, completely customizable furniture pieces. Over half a century old, Breton’s name is synonymous with exciting designs that stand the test of time, a majority of which are crafted by renowned Brazilian architects and interior designers. Now, the family-owned brand is extending beyond its 19 stores in Brazil and expanding its reach with a recently opened space in Dubai.
Best known for its everyday home essentials, Breton’s commitment to social responsibility adds one more feather to the brand’s cap. The company is constantly investing in innovations that can minimize its environmental impact. In 2020, the Breton also entered the world of e-commerce, offering the world more than 700 handpicked interior treasures, from accessories and decor pieces to chandeliers and sculptures.