THE INSIDE STORY: “I like to work on the bones of the place,” said Cabana’s Martina Mondadori of her approach to dressing interiors. “This is a townhouse so I wanted it to feel a bit homey.”
Mondadori has taken over a three-floor space in London’s Burlington Arcade for a pre-Christmas pop-up shop, filling it with a unique patchwork of colored, patterned tableware, textiles – and even bags and jewelry – inspired by Persia, Spain, Austria, Italy and the Middle East.
The shop is also stocking Cabana x Aerin, a collection of Murano glassware and linens adorned with delicate Austrian dirndl and folk patterns. The tableware is on show alongside the 16th Century colored tiles from Seville, Spain and red wallpaper with a pattern drawn from a Persian rug.
The 560 square feet shop, which will stay open until Dec. 24, is Cabana’s first outlet in London, and Mondadori marked the occasion with a dinner at 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair on Tuesday night, with guests including Lauder, Amanda Brooks, Carolina Irving, Peter Pilotto, Christopher de Vos, Pedro Girao, Karen Groos, Alice Naylor-Leyland and Caro Sieber.
Martina Mondadori and Aerin Lauder at the Cabana dinner at 5 Hertford Street in London
Lauder said her inspiration for the tableware came