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Monogram Dinner by Design Rocks Calgary

Now-national event has its inaugural Calgary party June 11 to 12, 2015.

The Calgary design scene packed the room at the Alberta College of Art and Design on Thursday night for the city’s first Monogram Dinner by Design, created by Vancouver’s The Social Concierge. The event, which sees seven Calgary designers—including Western Living favourites Amanda Hamilton, Nyla Free, Connie Young, Corea Sotropa and Alykhan Velji—create 12-by-12, elaborate stand-alone dining rooms, continues again Friday night for a gala dinner, with proceeds going to both ACAD and Contemporary Calgary.

I can’t recommend Friday’s party enough—the work these designers have produced is truly breathtaking, from Amanda Hamilton’s Steampunk Study (with fuchsia-dipped cutlery, stacks of vintage books and cut-crystal glassware) to Alykhan Velji’s gorgeous outdoor terrarium, featuring a one-of-a-kind, stunning new concrete table from Sumer Singh of Mtharu (the latter took no less than five people to install in place).

Check out Monogram Dinner by Design on Friday, June 12 at ACAD in Calgary. Public viewing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20; Gala dinner tickets, $300; digestif tickets, $50, dinnerxdesign.com.

#DinnerxDesign Kicks Off in #YYC

#DinnerxDesign Kicks Off in #YYC

In case you missed the two-day designer affair in Calgary, we’ve collected some of the highlights.

  1. Beautifully dramatic installation at calgary's #dinnerxdesign party last night! One of my absolute favourites, by the very cool and extremely talented #nylafreedesigns #calgary #interiordesign
    Beautifully dramatic installation at calgary’s #dinnerxdesign party last night! One of my absolute favourites, by the very cool and extremely talented #nylafreedesigns #calgary #interiordesign
  2. This beauty was in a massive titanium adorned with hanging moss and succulents bigger then my hands. #dinnerxdesign #yyc
    This beauty was in a massive titanium adorned with hanging moss and succulents bigger then my hands. #dinnerxdesign #yyc
  3. Study of Steampunk | Steampunk Study // Amazing shot of our room for @dinnerxdesign by the very talented @bookstrucker #dinnerxdesign #DxDCgy #DxDyyc  #yyc #SteamPunk #InteriorDesign #Design #Interiors #ACAD
    Study of Steampunk | Steampunk Study // Amazing shot of our room for @dinnerxdesign by the very talented @bookstrucker #dinnerxdesign #DxDCgy #DxDyyc #yyc #SteamPunk #InteriorDesign #Design #Interiors #ACAD
  4. One of my favorite tables from @dinnerxdesign last night. Salt meets crystals  for stunning textures and elegant design. #dinnerxdesign #tablescape #dinner #art #artist #interiordesign #yyc #yycevent #VSCOcam
    One of my favorite tables from @dinnerxdesign last night. Salt meets crystals for stunning textures and elegant design. #dinnerxdesign #tablescape #dinner #art #artist #interiordesign #yyc #yycevent #VSCOcam
  5. Back at @acadexperience, shooting our @dinnerxdesign space with @westernliving! #dinnerxdesign #DxDCgy #verdantvivarium #avdesigns #terrarium #acad #yyc
    Back at @acadexperience, shooting our @dinnerxdesign space with @westernliving! #dinnerxdesign #DxDCgy #verdantvivarium #avdesigns #terrarium #acad #yyc
  6. Monogram DinnerbyDesign #dinnerxdesign #AlykhanVelji @designs_av #talented #designers
    Monogram DinnerbyDesign #dinnerxdesign #AlykhanVelji @designs_av #talented #designers
  7. Best #tablescape at #dinnerxdesign -- ikea meets forest
    Best #tablescape at #dinnerxdesign — ikea meets forest
  8. Ummmm...who's the crazy dude in the middle? #yyc #dinnerxdesign #goodtimes
    Ummmm…who’s the crazy dude in the middle? #yyc #dinnerxdesign #goodtimes
  9. I'll take one please.  #dinnerxdesign #giantterrarium #outdoordining #fab #art @acadexperience @alyvelji
    I’ll take one please. #dinnerxdesign #giantterrarium #outdoordining #fab #art @acadexperience @alyvelji
  10. Another amazing table design at Calgary dinner by design. 300 boxes of salt on the table and a pretty amazing ambiance. #design #dinnerxdesign #calgary #salt #seasoning #white #tables #keeferontour #knives&forks @jacobsweetapple @ktru5ler
    Another amazing table design at Calgary dinner by design. 300 boxes of salt on the table and a pretty amazing ambiance. #design #dinnerxdesign #calgary #salt #seasoning #white #tables #keeferontour #knives&forks @jacobsweetapple @ktru5ler
  11. 19th century French monarchs inspired @nylafree Salon Noir table setting at Monogram #dinnerxdesign
    19th century French monarchs inspired @nylafree Salon Noir table setting at Monogram #dinnerxdesign
  12. Food and art collide at @acadexperience for #dinnerxdesign.
    Food and art collide at @acadexperience for #dinnerxdesign.
  13. What a team! What a day! We're almost there #repost #Collaboration #DinnerXDesign @designs_av #thebest
    What a team! What a day! We’re almost there #repost #Collaboration #DinnerXDesign @designs_av #thebest
  14. The countdown is on to @dinnerxdesign Calgary! I am so excited to be heading to YYC for the opening night and Cocktail Art on June 11th. Select tickets are still available - visit dinnerxdesign.com for more details. See you soon YYC! #DxDCgy #DinnerxDesign #YYCEvents #YYC #InteriorDesign #Calgary #design #inspiration #events #thesocialconcierge #idswest
    The countdown is on to @dinnerxdesign Calgary! I am so excited to be heading to YYC for the opening night and Cocktail Art on June 11th. Select tickets are still available – visit dinnerxdesign.com for more details. See you soon YYC! #DxDCgy #DinnerxDesign #YYCEvents #YYC #InteriorDesign #Calgary #design #inspiration #events #thesocialconcierge #idswest
  15. Starting to design a space for #Openstudio at @idswest and thinking back to the dining room I designed last year for the show and for #dinnerxdesign. Can't wait for what's to come this year! #IDSwest #idswest15 ? @tracey_ayton
    Starting to design a space for #Openstudio at @idswest and thinking back to the dining room I designed last year for the show and for #dinnerxdesign. Can’t wait for what’s to come this year! #IDSwest #idswest15 ? @tracey_ayton

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