Dinosaur Designs Dinner of Dreams, Strawberry Hills
To celebrate 27 years in business, the Dinosaur Designs team held an intimate soiree in its studio, calling it the Dinner of Dreams. Guests filed into the workshop area for pre-dinner champagne but, thanks to the muggy weather, the dream theme almost turned into night sweats. Luckily, as we were taken upstairs to a long dining table, the temperature dropped and we could appreciate the beauty of the setting.
Florist Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora created a dreamy installation with flowers and Dinosaur Design resin pieces that hung from the ceiling. Adding to the surreal atmosphere, one wall had moving clouds projected on it, waiters wore bowler hats and the place-card holders were resin hand moulds.
Dinosaur Designs owners Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy welcomed everyone. ''After 27 years, we wanted to share a dinner with you all in our studio space. We make and create everything here in Strawberry Hills,'' Olsen said. Ormandy added: ''It's very grown-up of us to have such a fancy dinner. But it's nice to grow into bigger shoes. This company was once a dream and now we're launching the dream collection. We all dream. Quite often dreams don't make sense. They're slightly strange but still beautiful.''
We then entered a dream-like state, with exquisite food, including braised beef short rib with baby beetroot and tiny turnips created by the chef and co-owner of Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Brent Savage. As a surprise, performer Paul Capsis serenaded the table with haunting melodies. It was a dream from which no one wanted to wake.
Shelly Horton is editor-at-large and acting editor of S, plus a regular on Channel Seven's Sunrise, The Morning Show and Weekend Sunrise.