Today we continue our look at more of the beautiful tables from the 2018 NYBG Orchid Dinner.
For 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.
Colombian woven placemats from Creel and Gow added an additional layer of global chic.
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.
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.
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.
and Bunny Williams Home hand blocked notebooks as gifts (on the chair above).
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.
“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.”
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.
and Baccarat crystal butterflies adorned the table.
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.”
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.
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.
California 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.
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.
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 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.
Inspired 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..
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.
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.
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.
Bella Meyer of Fleurs Bella set an artistic table with amethyst Vanda orchids.
With a profusion of flowers cascading from antique French wedding chests, the table was infused with history and casual French savoir faire.
And while I have no details, luxury cognac brand and event sponsor Louis XIII, produced a table befitting their gilded heritage.
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.