Bilotta and Bernardaud At the Table

Last week Bilotta Kitchens and Bernardaud, the 5th generation French porcelain company, co-sponsored the second annual Art of the Table event in Bilotta’s beautiful NYC showroom. Both family owned firms, their customer focussed businesses and forward thinking philosophies lend them a synergistic compatibility.

Art of the Table at Bilotta KitchensWith contributions from Baccarat, Frette and Christofle and media sponsor Traditional Home, the evening drew an incredible crowd of over 300! Bubbly was flowing freely as the event celebrated women in design, featuring four diverse firms who each had an individual kitchen to style.

Art of the Table at Bilotta KitchensWhile Bilotta has their own signature collection, one of the advantages of working with the company is their range of both products and projects. The first space, for example, featured cabinetry from Rutt with a variety of surfaces including concrete, granite, marble and an amazing brick Nepal stone backsplash from Porcelanosa. Styled by Founding Principal Nancy Ruddy (right) and Interior Designer Kate Emmons (left) of the award winning architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy, the upscale rustic feel of the space inspired them to create a holiday in the country scene.

At the Table at BilottaFrom a sparkling tablescape to vignettes for afternoon tea, featuring Bernardaud’s sensual Digital porcelain,

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

to a cozy afternoon of baking

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens NYC

to the promise of an enchanting evening with beautiful Baccarat decanters ready to be filled,

Art of the Table at Bilotta kitchens

I was (almost) ready for snow.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

Designer Allison Hennessy‘s space was a bright white Bilotta collection kitchen with beautiful herringbone floors. In thinking of her vignette, Allison had a lightbulb moment inspired by the boxwood at her husband’s office. The green became a theme to add color and texture to the clean white backdrop of the classic cabinetry. A roman shade of a graphic Duralee fabric, above,

Art of the Table at Bilotta kitchens

and wall of boxwood frames the view and offsets the pristine purity of the marble sink. Allison looks right at home with her fresh blue and green table setting

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

I loved the combination of the fun Kim Seybert placemat and napkin with the eastern inspired design of Bernardaud’s Prince Blue – a great mix of old and new and formal and casual elements. The Christofle flatware is one of my favorite classic patterns.

Art of the Table at Bilotta kitchens

Influenced by a 16th century Ottoman ceramic piece, Prince Blue reflects the empire’s love of this classic color combination, in turn inspired by ancient Ming style. The vibrant blue is achieved by unusually high kiln temperatures that gives the deep and transparent color.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

Designer Carol Brewer‘s space was a fate filled story. As an enormous fan of the artist, she was thrilled to use Bernardaud’s Marc Chagall collection, which includes a selection of dream-like illustrations from the archives.

Art of the Table at Bilotta KitchensCombined with the sea inspired Rivage and new sculptural Bulle collections, it was like being transported to a chic provencal resort.

Art of the Table at Bilotta kitchens

Baccarat loaned a striking chandelier

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

that set the tone for the beautiful blue crystal at the table.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

But the most amazing aspect of the vignette was when Carol hired FleurBELLA to do the floral arrangements. It wasn’t until they met that Carol, below right, discovered the owner, Bella Meyer, on the left, is Marc Chagall’s granddaughter – clearly a collaboration that was destined to be.

At the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

Jennifer Post‘s architectural design firm creates refined contemporary designs with an elegant minimalism. It was totally fitting that she received this ultra sleek modernistic kitchen to style.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

The incredibly smooth technology behind these beautiful cabinets was impressive, opening and closing with the single touch, revealing Jennifer’s exacting assemblage of chic china and crystal.

Art of the Table at Bilotta KitchensStark black and white was brought to life with a vivid chartreuse throughout the vignette. Even the stovetop was impeccably styled with a dramatic painting by Kim Collins.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

Every space was a zen-like snapshot of modern minimalism,

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including her placesetting which featured the textural Ecume pattern. While Bernardaud has preserved its traditional heritage of artisanal techniques, it has kept the passion for their products alive with innovative and forward thinking approaches to creative design.

Art of the Table at Bilotta Kitchens

As the fall entertaining season is upon us, it is always inspiring to see how designers translate their talent for the tabletop. A wonderful evening was had by all celebrating these four female firms and their varying visions.

8 thoughts on “Bilotta and Bernardaud At the Table

  1. Stacey-
    This is a beautiful feast for the eyes, and I love everything here. I see a hint of winter and Christmas, which is my most favorite time of the year.
    Thank you for taking us along.
    Happy Tuesday.

  2. “Gaaaaa!!! This is just so beautiful and FUN to see. What an experience it must be to see “up close and personal.” Fantasies floating through my head!! franki

  3. So much to fall in love with here. The wall of boxwood. Bernardaud’s Prince Blue and Matisse collections. Make me want to update my china cabinet and through a party. What a terrific event!

  4. Jill H.’s kitchen is my ultimate favorite kitchen with it’s heart-stopping herringbone patterned floor. Then there is her choice of a marble! What a great event; mixing incredibly talented women with bubbly is my kind of entertainment.

  5. Stacey, it was great fun to see you at The Art of the Table and thank you for this wonderful coverage of the event. You descriptions of the different kitchens, favorite products and designer inspirations bring your photos to life. Looking forward to following your tweets from the D and D today! Xo

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