The ‘thoughtful home’ was the theme of the inaugural Nest Supper club, held on an atypically tropical London evening earlier this summer. Set on launching high-powered, but pleasantly so, evening pow wows, the Google-owned pioneer of smart and sharp-looking thermostats, smoke detectors and more, turned to Wallpaper* as the suitable partner. (As they would. After all, who has thunk domestic more deeply than us?)
Given the theme, and the credentials of our co-hosts, we needed the smartest of spaces as a venue. And found it in the Hampstead Heath home of Medhi and Elli Norowzian; the most elegant of glass boxes designed, by architects Stanton Williams, in an almost arcadian situation.
Co-hosted by Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers and Nest founder and CEO (and frankly, Silicon Valley royalty) Tony Fadell, the evening was the first of what we hope will be an on-going series of informal summits in remarkable settings. Among the guests were architects David Adjaye, John Pawson, Kevin Carmody and Stanton Williams’ own Paul Williams, designers Ilse Crawford, Edward Barber, Martino Gamper, Tom Dixon, Ron Arad, Ian Callum and the artist Francis Upritchard.
All gathered, guests mingled in the Norowzian’s well-tended outside spaces while supper was prepared by the Michelin-starred Skye Gyngell, taking a night off duties at her new Somerset House-set restaurant, Spring. (The menu included fresh salad of Fern Verrow leaves, heirloom beetroots and a verjuice and honey dressing, followed by a summery salt-baked wild salmon, served with chard, crushed broad beans, nasturtium and lemon aioli. Heating things up was a chickpea, carrot and chard curry, served with cooling yoghurt with pickled lime. Sweet closure came with a blackcurrant summer pudding with crème fraîche and a lemon verbena tea. And miniature parcels of Gyngell's signature white chocolate, pistachio and rosemary nougat were packed up as midnight treats. Just in case you’re interested). Meanwhile, illustrator Charlotte Trounce recorded events in a painterly - and pleasingly analogue - way.