The Lookbox Edit 19: Entertaining checklist

Host like a pro at home with these entertaining essentials and tips as your guide.

  • The Lookbox Edit 19: Entertaining checklist

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#1 Guest-friendly seating

If entertaining and hosting parties is something you do frequently at home, start your furniture plan with a sofa that maximises seating for guests such as a modular one, long sectionals, and an armless sofa or a sofa with wide arms to pack more guests. Inspired by the Lincoln Continental vehicle ranges of the 1970s, the Lincoln sofa collection from Australian design brand nau has a signature wide inner armrest and varying seat configurations. Configure the right fit for your space with customisable options ranging from seating types, sizes, upholstery and other separate components such as a nifty integrated coffee table.

Lincoln sofa collection is available at Cult

Gaggenau Vario downdraft ventilation 400 series

#2 Sleek appliances for open-plan kitchens

Like the idea of cooking while entertaining, but not the thought of heavy cooking smells and fumes getting in the way? Having a downdraft hood in an open kitchen as you entertain will create a more pleasant environment for everyone, and the Gaggenau Vario downdraft ventilation 400 series will make a seamless addition to any Vario 400 series cooktop.

This powerful yet quiet extraction system sports a dual V-shaped filter that capitalises on high-performing fans and its 15cm width for an exceptionally high vapour catch rate. You will also be impressed by how its sensitive air quality sensor detects and quietly extracts odour and vapour.

Vario downdraft ventilation 400 series is available at Gaggenau

Androgyne table for entertaining

#3 Table for flowing conversations

Round tables can promote easy conversations among guests, as opposed to a long formal table where guests at the far ends might feel left out of a discussion. Making a characterful centrepiece is the Androgyne dining table from Menu. Its rounded tabletop serves up a striking contrast against the crossed base, and you can mix and match different materials for the tabletop and base for a bolder combination. The compact size of 120cm is also ideal for small apartments.

Androgyne dining table is available at XTRA

Island Living mobile pantry for entertaining

#4 Party pantry for ease of entertaining

Having a bar cabinet or a buffet unit near your dining area can ease your entertaining duties, since you don’t have to dash to the kitchen for every plate or napkin. The Island Living Bar Table has folding cabinet doors that open up to reveal plenty of storage for servingware. As a freestanding piece made of premium grade teak, you can easily place it in your balcony or patio to take the party outside.

Island Living Bar Table is available at Island Living

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The products in this article first appeared in Lookbox Annual 2023


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