Dining “On The Fly”

On The Fly participates in ELLE DECOR’s Dining By
Design

It has been called "the Cannes of tabletop" by avant garde
filmmaker John Waters. Now in its fifth year, Dining By Design
is one of the most anticipated events in San Francisco, New York, and
a handful of other cities that host the event.

What exactly is ELLE DECOR’s Dining
by Design
? A unique event to showcase the personal passions of some
of the world’s leading design talents. Each participant is given an 11′
by 11′ space to set a table. As long as each table can accommodate ten
for dinner and has a vessel in which to chill champagne, the sky’s the
limit.

Collaborating with local designers Tonya Bellusci, Kelly Keiser,
and Sabra Ballon, On The Fly was tapped to assist in creating "Camp
Luxe" — a dining experience that imagines how you might camp if
you had all the money in the world.

Any luxury camping experience would have to involve Mulholland Brothers,
a company whose very existence was inspired by hunting, fishing, and camping.
Mulholland Bodega Side Chairs surround the sides of the Mulholland Dining
Table. Two over-the-top custom Alligator Side Chairs — also from Mulholland
— sit at the two heads of the table.

The figurative "elephant in the room" is actually a 10′ Kodiak
Grizzly Bear from the Mulholland family collection. It made such a presence
at the show, that the NBC News story to cover the event led with
it. You could watch the clip, except it has since been removed. 

The canvas tent, place settings, and linens were custom made for On The
Fly by Chameleon Fabrics & Furniture. On The Fly plans to launch
a custom tabletop line for men in the Fall of 2006. The dinnerware was
donated by Pottery Barn.

Not pictured is a stack of Mulholland trunk cases (some new, some vintage)
packed elegantly by a modern gentleman with Toschi Grotto slippers, cashmere
sweaters, corduroy slacks, a travel humidor, and a Laguiole corkscrew
tucked away in a wine bottle carrier. Makes you think of the famous quote
from W.C. Fields: "Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot
the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food
and water."

The event took place at the Herbst Pavillion in Fort Mason on November
17th with dinner starting at 6pm and the dance party at 9pm. The proceeds
were donated to DIFFA, Design
Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

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