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20.03.2023 | Perspective

Dream Dinner Party: 10 Icons We Want To Dine With

Iconic people - past and present - whose contributions have forever altered the world. Join them at ENSEMBL's dream dinner party.

ENSEMBL Iconic Dinner party


Rowen Dinsmore




Imagine you get to host a dinner party, anywhere in the world, and any 10 people can join.


Where would you go?


Who would you invite?


What would they bring?


This is what our dream dinner party would look like.

1. Yayoi Kusama


Yayoi Kusama is an icon for her avant-garde artwork that explores themes of infinity, repetition, and the merging of art and everyday life.


Why she’s on our dream dinner party list: In the hope she’ll share the story of how she offered to have sex with Nixon if he stopped the war in Vietman.  And of course she’s bringing the Kabocha Squash!


2. Pamela Anderson


An actress, model, and advocate. Pamela Anderson is known for her relentless advocacy on behalf of PETA, her glamour modeling work in Playboy magazine, her role as “C.J.” Parker on the television series Baywatch.


Why she’s on our dream dinner party list: We want the inside scoop on her rumoured vegan cooking show and the low-down on how her epic appearance for Jacquemus in her iconic hat came to be.

Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

3. Steve Jobs


Inventor and visionary who brought design and technology together. From the first iMacs to the iPod to the iPhone, we connect with our world in a different, more beautiful way because of Steve Jobs. iConic, yes?


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: He’ll be bringing Apples. (We hope that includes honeycrip and a First Generation iPod.)



4. Salvdor Dali


Salvador Dali is an icon for his surrealist artwork that pushed the boundaries of conventional art, exploring the subconscious mind and the intersection of reality and imagination.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list:  Dali will be bringing something from his own cookbook, Les Dîners de Gala.


5. Frank Lloyd Wright


American architect, designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years. From the Guggenheim in New York to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to homes in the humble midwest, his work spanned the globe and took on a multitude of sizes, shapes, and purposes.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: We want know what his perfect home would look like in 2023. And of course to ask where he’d store his Stackware!

Steve Jobs

6. Andy Warhol


An American visual artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His work celebrated consumer culture and challenged traditional notions of art, elevating everyday objects and images to the status of high art.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: Will he bring Ice Cream Dessert? Campbell’s Soup? Fingers crossed he’ll create a Stackware Diptych by the end of the night.



7. Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE


British fashion designer, creator, and couturier. He founded his own label, Alexander McQueen, in 1992, and held the role of creative director at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001.


McQueen’s work was admired for its highly original blend of subversion and tradition.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: Bumsters, Scottish Haggis, and hopefully a robot or two to spray paint Stackware at the end of the night!


8. Michelle Obama


A fierce advocate, attorney, author, and former First Lady of the United States. She is an icon for her grace, intelligence, and dedication to public service, particularly for her advocacy work in education, health, and social justice.


Why she’s on our dream dinner party list: She’s bringing vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
Jean-Michel Basquiet
Jean-Michel Basquiat

9. Anthony Bourdain


An American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who used food as a vehicle to discuss the human condition. He is an icon for is unparalleled storytelling ability, adventurous spirit, and passionate advocacy for food, travel, and cultural exploration.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: To bring wine, whiskey, and tales of his travels. And cook using Stackware!



10. Jean-Michel Basquiat


An American painter, musician, and graffiti artist who rose to fame during the 1980s as part of the Neo-expressionism movement. His work was often characterized as rebellious and controversial; it offered a political, racial, and social commentary. He is celebrated as an icon  for his raw, expressive  artwork that captured the vibrant energy and cultural zeitgeist of New York City in the 1980s.


Why he’s on our dream dinner party list: Known for painting on much more than canvas – refrigerators, lab coats, shipping crates, typewriters –  we hope he’ll put his mark on Stackware.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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