In the run-up to Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the event on everyone’s lips was a dinner party known simply as SupperScene. Titillating already heightened expectations, the invitation arrived at guests’ homes in the form of a weighty golden knife, fork and spoon designed by Alessandro Zambelli to resemble keys – perhaps to a secret society.
The night itself, this past Tuesday, lived up to the hype. In the windows of one of the city’s most original design boutiques – Spazio Pontaccio – glass tables were set up with food and beverages in limited edition plates and goblets created especially for the night, and guests were ushered to their seats at angular Ron Gilad glass stools. Intended as a one-off theatrical encounter designed to delight and inspire, it brought together some of the hottest names in international design with the exciting culinary experimentations of Uruguayan Michelin-starred chef Matias Perdomo, whose Al Pont de Ferr restaurant in Milan has garnered endless plaudits.
Among the stars in attendance – Tom Dixon, Jasper Conran, Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Malouin (the last’s stunning geometric chandelier for Roll&Hill was on show but officially launches at ICFF in May) – were Brit designer Lee Broom, who created some astonishing wine and water glasses that delighted for their almost hair-raising combination of delicate crystal with weighty Italian marble. Milanese artist Bixio Braghieri also served up his provocative porcelain plates, featuring an invasion of ants.
Beyond the presentation on exquisite tableware, each dish was a choreographed work of art, in terms of technique and flavour combination. Highlights included mouthwatering Italian Tropea onion and goat’s cheese served inside a sugar vessel blown around the food like glass; and a golden sardine presented in a small porcelain anchovy can produced by innovative housewares manufacturer Seletti. Perdomo’s signature Lego and Campari dessert – a frozen campari soda ‘bottle’ filled with a sweet cream, and colourful lego bricks made out of jelly and adorned with chocolate robots – presented a Proustian take on childhood nostalgia if ever there was one.
Now that SupperScene is over, its dining table will animate a dining installation – with all accessories and tableware for sale – in a pop-up shop within Spazio Pontaccio.