An all-chocolate room was unveiled in Manhattan yesterday – a pre-Valentine’s Day creation complete with furniture and artworks made of the sweet stuff.
“It’s the perfect bit of sin,” said Heroes TV series actor Ali Larter of the Godiva chocolate “pearls” that are her private daily indulgence.
Here, they were dripping off the chandeliers above the dining table, which was a sea of stars, truffles and crescents – all chocolate, of course, under glass.
Larter is the celebrity face hired by the Belgium-based chocolatier for its annual Valentine’s Day promotion contest.
This year, anyone who buys the winning box of chocolates – for $US23 ($A26) and up – may win the chocolate room.
It is to be re-created in a suite of Manhattan’s Bryant Park Hotel for a pampered getaway weekend for two in May.
The winning box – sold only in North America – will contain a note informing the buyer of his or her good luck.
While no doubt a shameless commercial promotion – created by Los Angeles-based designer Larry Abel – the demo chocolate room set up on the sixth floor of an East Village building packed a tasteful, artsy punch.
Hanging in the “living room” was a painting built entirely of multi-coloured chocolate pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt’s painting The Kiss.
Above the dining table was a “canvas” dripping with brown and white chocolate – a takeoff on Jackson Pollock’s signature drip paintings.
And instead of words, books opened to a mound of chocolates.
You could actually sit on the plush sofa, which was chocolate-graced only on its sides, and the walls are made of chocolate.
There were a couple of “dont’s” in the room: lighting the fireplace (with its chocolate logs and mantle) or the candles (all chocolate).
In addition, sinking into the easy chairs was discouraged – unless you wanted to rise with a chocolate-covered derriere.
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