Friday, November 17th 2017
Earlier this year we were given a dream brief to create a retail event for Maniamania, to launch their Midnight collection, and style the full range of ceremonial jewels on show for the first time.
The starting point was the raw beauty of their aesthetic and diversity of stones (watery sapphires, rutilated quartz, opals & champagne diamonds..) What we love about Maniamania is that their designs accentuate the natural qualities of gemstones - rather than commercially used diamond cuts that create perfectly sparkling diamonds, they use vintage ‘rose’ or ‘old mine’ cuts designed to show the authentic colour, shape and form of a stone. The result is beautifully understated, artful and nostalgic.
To style the event, we chose La Porte Deux's blank canvas space with polished concrete floors & mirrored walls to display a retail table of jewels displayed on geometric marble and stone pieces in muted palettes of stone, slate and marble. Drawing on the dark jewel tone palette of Maniamania’s midnight collection, the incredible Anise Event Catering team created the most decadent display of desserts, canapés and cheese for a grazing table styled with giant broken slabs of marble and stone offcuts (handmade chocolate truffles with gold leaf, tempered chocolate leaves.. marquise, fresh blackberries, muscatels and white pepper lavish broken into uneven shards, oysters with macadamia milk & sashimi with wild caviar!). While talented beauty Tash Wolf played live, we sipped on floral infused gin cocktails with Davidson plum (sampling the new Applewood Distillery Gin), and Lazy Ballerina Rose served in crystal cut glassware.
Sydney floral artist George Low of Seed Flora created bold installations of conceptual florals using feathery textures and deep berry toned callalillies, anthuriums & orchids. Finally, we finished the event space with our focal piece - a giant Christopher Boots Prometheus crystal pendant suspended over the retail table… one we’ve been lusting over for our own homes, but got the chance to admire at least for one night.
To see the full collection, head to the Maniamania website where you can shop online, as well as book a one on one consultation for a bespoke piece.
A big thanks to this talented bunch of creatives, and suppliers that we had the pleasure of working with…
Creative Direction & Production The LANE / Styling The LANE x Poco Designs / Photography Alli Oughtred Venue La Porte Deux / Entertainment Tash Wolf / Video Cry Baby Productions / Catering & Cocktails Anise Event Catering / Flowers Seed Flora / Makeup for Tash Wolf Sonia Allen / Beverages Reyes - Rose: Lazy Ballerina, Gin: Applewood Distillery Gin / Gift Bags Maniamania & Divine Company
DECOR: Light Installation Christopher Boots / Marble Table Urban Couture Design / Glassware The Vintage Kitchen / Marble & Stone Pieces The LANE / Candle Holders Rab Labs / Grazing Table Ceramics Wynne Noble