Como House of Discovery: Eat with your Eyes – Aesthetic Dining and the Art of the Table.

4 Aug 2024 ‐

04 Aug 2024

11:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

Guided House Tours
Adults: $20
Concession: $18
Members: $10

Open House
Adults: $15
Concession: $12
Members: $5

Step inside Como House and discover a world where dining transcends mere sustenance and transforms into an exquisite visual and sensory installation. Delve into the artistry of tablescaping where motifs, colours, and designs converge in a rich tapestry of sensory delight.

Echoing the words of Mrs. Beeton in 1893, discover that ‘laying a cloth’ is not merely a mundane chore but a nuanced art form. From the meticulous Victorian tradition of napkin folding, boasting an impressive repertoire of at least 98 folds, to the pursuit of order and symmetry, table settings have evolved into immersive art experiences in their own right.

Journey with guest designers, creatives, and artists as they reinterpret the experience and spectacle of dining through reimagined tablescapes and compelling installations. Beyond just sustenance, dining tables bring together family, friends and culture, shaping identities, preserving traditions and igniting memory, and each piece in this unique installation is inspired by an object or story of a National Trust property.

Among the collaborators are Style Wilderness’ Leeyong Soo, designer Nicola Cerini, artist and milliner Richard Nylon, fashion designer Estelle Michaelides, artists Aimee Pradel and Bea Dahllof, stylist Caroline Touzeau, and student creatives from Collarts (Australian College of the Arts).

As a highlight of the exhibition, marvel at the flamboyant ‘Table Dress’ meticulously crafted by acclaimed costume and production designer Silvana Azzi Heras – originally designed for the Coles Group’s participation in the 2023 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Purchase an Open House ticket for a self-guided experience of the installation, or book a Guided Tour to see the exhibition and enjoy a historical tour of Como House.

Entry to the installation is only available by booking a guided tour or open house ticket. 


This installation is supported by Collarts School of Design (Australian College of the Arts)


Opening Times
DayOpen HouseGuided Tour Times(s)
Thursday1.00pm-4.30pmNo Guided tours

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Como House and Garden


Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141 VIC

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