I recently had the pleasure of attending Ambiente, the world’s largest trade show for all things Dining, Living, and Giving, held annually in Frankfurt, Germany.
All of the big players gather at Ambiente––I had the honor of meeting Crown Prince Carl Phillipe of Sweden and boy, cue the sarcasm, was he hard to look at!––but I chose to focus the guest post on the independent makers. The innovators featured are all self-starters risking everything to bring their dreams to life, and their courage and determination is admirable.
Before I send you over to their website to see my top picks, take a look at this extraordinary, museum quality, handmade tablecloth, commissioned by Donatella Versace for the launch of Versace’s newest tabletop collection.
Covered in hand sewn shells, pearls, beads, sequins, and metallic embroidery, it is a work of art. A very large cloth, it covered the table and puddled heavily on the floor.
I wanted to roll in it.
10 people spent 2 months applying every incredible detail by hand. Lightly scattered on the top of the cloth, the decorative elements gradually gain in density on the drape, giving the work a lush ombre effect.
It is simply stunning::
I heard the final cost was over $150,000, but don’t quote me on that. Let’s just call it an educated guesstimate.
After a tour of the major European trade shows, it was returned to the Versace family.
No doubt, it will become a featured piece in their archives and I hope they used it for at least one celebratory dinner before packing it up for safe keeping.
I’d be grateful if you pop over to Ambiente’s blog to see the work of three up and coming innovators. They are but a few of the incredibly talented creatives getting ready to make their mark in the world. You really don’t want to miss The Cube. It’s a mechanical and design marvel!
Sequins and beads forever,