150 guests€”plus former Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit€”came out for designer table-hopping, drinks and gourmet fare.

When you’re sitting at a wall-to-wall gold tablescape in CBC Studios and the former Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit is your DJ, you know you’re in for a good night.Monday evening 150 guests came out for Vancouver’s Monogram Dinner by Design Gala Dinner to sip endless cocktails and sample The Savoury Chef‘s creatively plated multi-course menu—all this around 16 designer tablescapes as part of Western Living Design Week.

Photos: Monogram Dinner by Design Gala Dinner

Edit_01Style director Crystal Carson welcomed Toronto designer and HGTV personality Tommy Smythe to Monogram Dinner by Design. The event has turned into a national event with celebrations in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.Edit_02Emily Carr University‘s Carol Stoppel and Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research‘s Kyle Winters were in attendance—whose companies were both beneficiaries of the stylish cocktail party and gala dinner.Edit_03Models Elysha Peterse and Manuela Wyszynski struck a pose among the dazzling displays of  designer tablescapes showcased at the CBC broadcasting studios.Edit_04The Social Concierge‘s Tyson Villeneuve, also a co-creator of Dinner By Design, welcomed Western Living magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin to the ultimate dinner party. Sixteen designers created eye-popping dining installations that inspired and delighted.Edit_05Alexis LaBonte of Design Lab Interiors created an entirely original bird’s nest tablescape inspired by the Beijing National Stadium. Edit_06_webProviding the beats at the Dinner By Design bash was former Whitecaps FC captain Jay DeMerit. DeMerit and his partner Jeff McConnell introduced his handcrafted vintage suitcase stereos.Edit_07Medina Design House‘s Ivan Medina and Erica Schmidt set their designer table for 20, the largest setting at the posh party.Edit_08_webTwenty One Two Designs‘ Amanda Evans luxe ‘Crazy In Love’ room was inspired by the book 50 Shades of Grey.Edit_09Stephanie Brown‘s Marakesh Modern table drew the attention of partygoers.Edit_10_webLocal musician Prevail and his partner Keilani Rose (second from left) joined Tiffany Soper (far left) and Veronica Bailey Sanchez (far right) at the third Dinner by Design cocktail party.


Vancouver Design Bureau‘s Diane Espiritu, Roberto Vestri and Jeffrey Liu’s table was inspired by landscape and topography.Edit_12_webCaroline Boquist + Daniel Kozlowski of Walrus Home made the scene along with other designers, tastemakers and fashionistas.Edit_13_webInsight Design Group‘s interior designer Jessica Lowes created a table that incorporated high art with high style.Edit_14_webGood as Gold tablescape by Debut Event Design.Edit_15Cocktails by design were a much enjoyed part of the gala dinner.Edit_16_webChilling out at this cool tablescape sculpted with blocks of ice by designer Robert Blaney.