At home with de­sign maven Pas­cale Gomes-McNabb.

Pas­cale Gomes-McNabb is known for de­sign­ing pol­ished and play­ful restau­rants in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, and she brings the same verve to at-home en­ter­tain­ing.

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SWEET OR SAVOURY I’ll make an ap­ple crum­ble or clafoutis, or pick up a choco­late

kugel­hopf from Monarch Cakes in [Mel­bourne’s] Acland Street. I also love serv­ing a huge slab of hazel­nut choco­late, and cheeses with bri­oche, quince paste and Dr Karg crisp­bread.

DI­VINE DIGESTIFS Cock­tails, cham­pagne or both. I like Tait­tinger, Ruinart and Pol Roger. We tend to make mar­gar­i­tas and ne­gro­nis the most.

TABLETOP CHOICES My din­ing ta­ble is charred black tim­ber. It’s a beau­ti­ful foil for white linen and colour­ful el­e­ments. I have a new range of Stel­ton din­ner­ware, Mark Dou­glass glasses, metal ves­sels, cut-glass bowls and an­tique Ja­panese things. It’s al­ways all jum­bled to­gether, though I like to think I have cu­rated it.

CUT­TING EDGE I have a few stain­less-steel cut­lery sets, in­clud­ing Ge­org Jensen, Jean Nou­vel and Arne Ja­cob­sen flat­ware, as well as An­to­nio Cit­te­rio table­ware I used in the first restau­rant I opened.

DÉCOR FLOUR­ISHES I aim for an ar­ray of ob­jects and art­works, new and old. A beau­ti­ful 19th-cen­tury cop­per fluted jelly mould next to a bright-red Anne-Marie May per­spex sculp­ture. In terms of flow­ers, I like red or­chids with pink lilies.

JEWEL TONES I wear a lot of sculp­tural rings by Adrian Lewis, Ann De­meule­meester and Zaha Ha­did. A favourite shop in Mel­bourne is Gallery Fu­naki.

PARTY TIME It de­pends on the crowd, and how peo­ple syn­chro­nise, but I like to have a bit of fun. Play­ing dress-ups, swap­ping clothes and danc­ing might hap­pen af­ter din­ner.

Therese Hil­bert ‘Sphere’ ring in black­ened ster­ling sil­ver; Blanche Tilden ‘U’ ring in ti­ta­nium and black Borosil­i­cate glass; Car­lier Maki­gawa ring in black­ened ster­ling sil­ver; Mau­reen Faye-Chauhan ring in ster­ling sil­ver, all Gallery Fu­naki; Style 1 drink­ing glasses in green, Mark Dou­glass De­sign; Arne Ja­cob­son for Stel­ton ‘Cylinda-Line’ coast­ers (set of 6) in brushed steel, Top 3 by de­sign; ‘Fatto a Mano’ Cham­pagne glasses, Riedel; Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Cham­pagne.

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