Known for her cinematic, slightly Surrealist approach to dining experiences, Laila Gohar made waves this past year with the launch of Gohar World, a line of tongue-in-cheek fashion and dining accessories, as well as a jubilant tableware collection with Hay. Now the chef-turned-designer is teaming up with The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s hotel portfolio, to create a line of barware and cocktails that pay homage to such disappearing craft traditions as mouth-blown glass, porcelain, needlework, and silversmithing.
The line takes subtle cues to Luxury Collection hotels worldwide, from hand-stitched cocktail napkins and a mouth-blown champagne coupe nodding to the hedonism of Paris’s grand Prince de Galles hotel to a sake cup and bamboo oshibori tray inspired by Suiran in Kyoto that Gohar created with Japanese artisans. “My favorite way to discover a destination is through the senses. Enjoying a meal or drink while traveling is an incredible way to learn about the local culture,” Gohar says. “Often the way a table or bar is set, and the objects used, are just as important as the food and beverage offerings themselves.”