Art of Dining: Best of the Best 2019 featured 44 spectacular tables designed by Australia’s leading artists, interior designers, couturiers, florists, stylists and retailers at the National Gallery of Victoria with a public exhibition and a masked black tie Gala dinner in support of the NGV Women’s Association. AZBcreative celebrated their homecoming alongside notable design studios Flack Studio, Hecker Guthrie and Flowers Vasette.
Inspired by ‘The banquet of Cleopatra’ Alex Zabotto-Bentley’s table for AZBcreative was full of high Renaissance drama and beautiful saturated colours – an ode to Tiepolo’s vision. Opulent and decadent, featuring rich potent hued porcelain plates from Wedgwood, sparkling crystal glassware from Waterford, vibrant silk napery from Dean Sunshine Textiles atop heavy brocade from South Pacific Fabrics with golden Egyptian treasures – think scarabs and beetles – from Mr Pinchy and museum sourced vintage Wedgwood Nautilus dinnerware surrounded by lush velvet La Forma chairs. The central feature of the table was a golden branch with a canopy of blush-hued marabou feathers from Becker Minty. A powerful still-life floral vignette by Steven Maccora evoked a sense of lavish excess and reflected AZB signature classicism.
We believe that a well-laid dining table is a work of art.