When Architectural Digest Middle East throws a party, it’s a spectacular fete like none other. So when invited, Wilson Associates’ Dubai design team jumped at the chance to participate in the magazine’s annual Art of Dining event to celebrate and close Dubai Design Week.

Managing Director Isabel Pintado created the concept, and refined it with the help of Associate Design Director Hilda Impey and Design Director Tom Skyring. The Wilson Associates Dubai design team was among 12 interior designers and architects invited to participate. Each team created a dining table scene using materials donated by suppliers, many who were participating in Dubai Design Week, and clients were invited to dine with the design team at the dazzlingly decorated table.

The Wilson Associates’ tablescape was inspired by a magical nighttime picnic and encapsulated the essence of creativity, friendliness and collaboration. The design team began by identifying the mood they wished to evoke in the tablescape, selecting a color palette and creating a mood board that would define the story of the design.

“This is the same approach as we have to our projects,” Isabel said. “We create a strong concept and stay true to that concept throughout the design process.”


Materials selection should always stay true to the original concept, as outlined in your design story and mood boards.

Using the defined dimensions of the space to be designed, the team then sketched the architectural elements and placement of various materials throughout the space. Tom designed and sketched the “conservatory” that would surround the table and support the hanging garden.


The support structure reflecting the skeleton of a greenhouse had a dual purpose: to bring the picnic/outdoor theme to life as well as act as the support for the vibrant, lush upside-down garden.

With the help of Carousel event planning service, the Wilson Associates designers worked with florists to construct a spectacular garden that hangs upside down over the table. The garden with a twist complements the flora and aviary themed table settings, furnishings and decor. An expert in FF&E, Hilda located just the right fabrics and accessories, and worked closely with suppliers to orchestrate the installation. The table and surrounding space was transformed into somewhere unexpected, fun and vibrant; an environment that was informal, yet incredibly creative and entertaining.

“We at Wilson don’t have a signature design style; we create and design as a response to a specific brief,” said Isabel. “It is really all about listening to our clients and producing an environment that will achieve their requests. This table is all about welcoming our guests to a wholesome and creative environment, welcoming them to our creative process.”

Many thanks to the following partners for their generous donations to the exhibition:

superstudio: Magis – Mila Chair by Jaime Hayón; Moooi Carpets – Festival Inferno by Marcel Wanders

Maison D’art: Fabrics — Canopy Lime, Mariposa Perroquet and Cabanon Caviar by Christian Lacroix

Comptoir102: La Volière bird lamps by Mathieu Challières; Astier De Villate ceramics by John Derian

Party Social: Gold and white china dinnerware; Vintage colored glassware

Carousel: Flowers and photography

TBC: Greenhouse

Drapes Interio: Table cloth