2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

Today we continue our look at more of the beautiful tables from the 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner.

Beth Webb 2018 NYBG Orchid DinnerFor her lovely table, friend Beth Webb collaborated with Julia B, using her vintage inspired Quattro Mani tabletop collection as well as hand embroidered and hand appliquéd linens. She also partnered with Kravet, celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, for the beautiful embroidered seat cushions in GP & J Baker Willoughby.

GP&J Baker WilloughbyColombian woven placemats from Creel and Gow added an additional layer of global chic.

Beth Webb Orchid Dinner

Two years ago, Beth worked with floral designer Zezé on her Orchid Dinner table and reached out to him again, this time with a request to include hydrangeas and sweet peas along with orchids and other exotic blooms to echo the tabletop mix. The lush arrangements, top and and below, are in vases from Bungalow Classic.

Beth Webb Orchid Dinner table

Patrick Mele created his table as somewhat of an “homage to a Dutch still life, albeit through a more saturated pop color lens.” Partnering with Jim Thompson, Patrick used a floor length black silk table cloth and jewel toned chair covers.

Patrick Mele Orchid Dinner table

A variety of overflowering Frances Palmer vessels adorn the table with flowers from Greenwich Orchids.

Patrick Mele 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner

A taxidermy bird from Creel and Gow stood guard over place settings with Betsey Ruprecht Decorative Antiques plates and candelabras (the multi hued beeswax candles available through Patrick’s shop in Greenwich) and napkins with orchid pink hemstitch finish from Deborah Sharpe Linens.

Patrick Mele 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner table

Cathy Kincaid‘s table was like a breath of spring in blue, white and green, anchored by a tall white pagoda surrounded by arrangements of porcelain and fresh orchids by Sebastian Li.

Cathy Kincaid Orchid Dinner table

On a tablecloth of Lisa Fine’s new Calico Floral Stripe, sourced through JAMES, Cathy layered plates from Penny Morrison, napkins in Lisa’s playful polka dot Tika, accessories from John Rosselli 

Cathy Kincaid NYBG Orchid Dinnerand Bunny Williams Home hand blocked notebooks as gifts (on the chair above).

Cathy Kincaid Orchid Dinner table

Designer Barrie Benson worked with The Style Library for a table featuring her signature modern meets traditional mix. Barrie chose William Morris’ “Pink and Rose” for the tablecloth. With a vintage vibe, it felt fresh with a modern mix of rose and mint.

Barrie Benson 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner

“We played up the mint with lacquered chargers, SFERRA monogrammed linen napkins, and a Harlequin pleated tape. For the florals we worked with Metaflora, who came on my radar at Rachel Comey’s fabulous store. We used a mix of brass cylinders with orchids “growing” on theqQuince branches for a modern floral design to pair with the historic textile.”

Barrie Benson Orchid Dinner table-1

Antiques dealer and decorator Elizabeth Pash was inspired by the large scale orchid themed Designer Guild fabric (distributed through Osborne & Little) she used for her tablecloth.

Elizabeth Pash 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner

Flowers by Anthony Ortiz, beautiful monogrammed Leontine Linen napkins, William Yeoward crystal (Eliza and  Vita Amethyst Goblets), Villeroy & Boch chargers and Elizabeth’s own scalloped vintage Limoges plates added to the spring-like palette.

Elizabeth Pash Orchid Dinner table w: Leontine Linens

Pretty additional details of Samuel & Sons trimmed Cowtan & Tout seat cushions

Elizabeth Pash Orchid Dinner

and Baccarat crystal butterflies adorned the table.

Elizabeth Pash Orchid Dinner placesetting

Colette van den Thillart considered the concept of rarity – can anything be rare in our easy-to-access world today? “Orchids are still rare but also the most common of flowers we buy at IKEA.”

Colette van den Thillart Orchid dinner

Her gorgeous centerpiece by Zezé was a “sputnik type explosion of orchids, reflective of the exoticism and otherworldly excitement anything rare generates,” around the trunk of which was draped a sinuous necklace hissing with rare luxurious temptation.

necklace at Colette van den Thillart Orchid Dinner table

Colette cleverly extended the concept of rare x common to her placesetting. On an ikat tablecloth by sponsor Kravet, she had SugarFlorals create “specimen” sugar paste orchids that gently nestled in the trompe l’oeil palms of Bernardaud‘s “Je te mangerais dans la main” plates by French artists Prune Nourry and JR.

Bernardaud plates on Colette van den Thillart Orchid Dinner tableCalifornia based designer Ohara Davies-Gaetano found her inspiration in the golden era of opulence, classicism and romance found in the floral still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age.

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Orchid Dinner table

Flowers by August Sage and Violet echoed the “dramatic cascades of blooms and candleight” captured in those moody still lifes. Lush Fabrics and trim from Beacon Hill and Robert Allen, Kim Seybert tableware and vases from L’Objet, completed the tableau.

Ohara Davies-Gaetano 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner table

Ford Huniford‘s table was a crisp study in blue and white. On the bold splashes of a contemporary tablecloth, classic motifs like Tory Burch spongeware plates Madeline Weinrib napkins and a beautiful arrangement by G. Page helped blue and white feel modern and right.

Ford Huniford 2018 NYBG Orchid DinnerFord is always inspired by travel and the vases from Tel Aviv and bowls from a recent trip to London added a global aspect to the timeless theme.

Ford Huniford 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner tableInspired by the fancifully colored new fabrics from Thibaut, designer Brittany Bromley created an enchanted forest anchored by an enormous moss covered tree blooming with over 350 deep pink orchids, tropical ferns and over 100 butterflies handmade from the Thibaut fabrics..

Brittany Bromley Orchid Dinner table

Pierre Frey‘s jewel toned embroidered ikat Pitaya served as the tablecloth paired with Schumacher’s charteuse Chevron velvet on the chairs, all enhanced with layers of Samuel & Sons passementerie.

Brittany Bromley 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner table

Barbara Westbrook set her scene on a cream velvet tablecloth printed in gold by Coleman Taylor. Surrounding an antique bronze birdcage, handmade birds by Abigail Brown perched around a floral arrangement by Sebastian Li.

Barbara Westbrook Orchid Dinner tableGraphic plates by Kate Spade and votives from Anthropologie continued the festive red and gold theme.

Barbara Westbrook 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner table

While I unfortunately didn’t get a good shot of the fabulous orchid sculpture l’Olivier created for Wesley Moon‘s table, I was glad I captured the marvelous les-Ottomans plates (sourced through Artemest) that I had just seen at NY Now.

Wesley Moon Orchid Dinner

With sumptuous Fortuny textiles for the tablecloth and napkins, the tablescape represented the symbiotic trading relationship of lavish exotic goods between the Venetian and Ottoman empires.

Wesley Moon Orchid Dinner table

Chicago designer Brynn Olson partnered with Donghia, using their Majestic textile for her tablecloth,

Brynn Olson 2018 NYBG Orchid DinnerRubelli fabric with Schumacher’s Labyrinth Tape  for the bold and graphic chair covers, Kneen & Co for the beautiful custom Marie Daage dinnerware and Lady Fleur for the centerpiece.

Brynn Olson Marie Daage Orchid Dinner tableBella Meyer of Fleurs Bella set an artistic table with amethyst Vanda orchids.

Fleurs Bella Orchid DinnerWith a profusion of flowers cascading from antique French wedding chests, the table was infused with history and casual French savoir faire.

Fleurs Bella 2018 Orchid Dinner

And while I have no details, luxury cognac brand and event sponsor Louis XIII, produced a table befitting their gilded heritage.

Louis XIII Orchid Dinner table

Louis XIII 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner table.all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

Congratulations to all the designers, generous table sponsors and VERANDA for a most marvelous 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner benefitting the renowned work the New York Botanical Garden undertakes in their ongoing orchid conservation and research.

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11 Responses to 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner Continued

  1. Diane Martinson says:

    Beyond magnificent! Tons of ideas -thank you, Stacey💐💐

  2. Jackie says:

    Oh such lovely arrangements! Some of my favorites: Beth Webb and Cathy Kincaid have their fingers on my pulse. I swear I love everything they touch. I would say that Colette’s table was the most interesting to drool over in this line up. If not in line with personal style, her tablescape is embodies what this event is meant to do, inspire.

  3. Jackie says:

    Correcting my previous comment because apparently I cannot construct a sentence before I’ve had my coffee. “If not in line with my personal style, her tablescape embodies what this type of event is meant to do, inspire.”
    Also, Stacy do you know which silverware is used by Ohara Davies-Gaetano?

    Thanks so much for bringing chic to our lives Stacy!

  4. Marguerite says:

    Thank you for this treat! Barbara Westbrook has made me rethink red and white with camels, golds, khakis and creams…. and deeply colored glassware is such an effective element to reinforce a story, especially here with by Ford Huniford….. but , Oh. That. Pagoda!!!!!

  5. Randall Todd says:


    The surreal Bernardaud plates – arresting. When plated with food, they’d offer an interesting provocation. I like!

    I’m tempted to say the dappled gold plates in the final image are the Ecume Or family, also by Bernardaud.

  6. franki parde says:

    Just incredible….when you think there couldn’t possibly be another tablescape to compare…and then the next photo!! SO BEAUTIFUL!! franki

  7. colette says:

    Thank you Stacey for taking the time to provide such detailed descriptions and sources for this incredibly sumptuous event!!! xColette.

  8. Maryann says:

    Breathtaking beauty– thank you for the beautiful images.

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