Tea and Champers!
It all started with the “Brilliantly British” section in NYC&G’s annual Global Style issue, in which design firms with British heritage showcased their products in the company of beautiful features on homes from the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. A collaboration with the Department for International Trade, British Consulate General New York led to the launch of Great British Design on 59, a progressive party at nine showrooms within the D&D Building and five showrooms along East 59th Street. No effort was spared to ensure that the designers, architects, and homeowners in attendance would have a good time—leave it to the Brits—and plenty of yummy experiences, from afternoon tea at Ochre (Walkers shortbread, anyone?) to a “nip of gin” at Zoffany, as well as new fragrance introductions from Molton Brown at de Le Cuona.
At the spectacular fireplace emporium Chesney’s, U.S. managing director Alistair McCowan went above and beyond (another British trait), creating a pair of wing tips and a bowler hat out of the company’s luxurious black marble. He and the British Consulate’s deputy consul general, Laura Hickey, welcomed the guests (more than 500!), who then took off with a map to all the showrooms, which was stamped with a foil star as they made the rounds. Afterward, everyone reconvened at the Rug Company, where Chapel Down sparkling wine (yes, England produces wine!), sourced by C&G Media Group’s wine columnist Sheri de Borchgrave, was served. Federico Materazzi, president of the Rug Company USA, welcomed the high-spirited crowd, who handed in their starred cards with the hopes of winning one of 14 fabulous prizes provided by the participating showrooms. For more of the fun, go to cottagesgardens.com/GreatBritishDesignon59.