Final Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala is always full of fabulous tabletop inspiration. Whether ideas for floral arrangements, textiles for tablecloths, mixing and matching dinnerware or fun table accoutrements, each year the designers come up with new inventive visions for entertaining with style. Christopher Spitzmiller, a longtime design chair for the gala, creates beautiful tables with a strong dose of whimsy. This year he featured his new bug and butterfly themed dinnerware and ginger jars. The tall blossoming centerpiece was topped with fluttering butterfly balloons.

tabletop inspiration by Christopher Spitzmiller at Lenox Hill Gala photo by Chris Delaney

On the table, his new pattern mixed with cobalt glasses, lush roses, Suzanne Rheinstein’s Indian Zag for Lee Sofa and butterfly masks – perfect for his “Spring Butterflies” table.

Christopher Spitzmiller Lenox Hill gala

Edward Lobrano presented “An Elegant Spring” with rich earthy neutrals anchored by a gorgeous vase from John Rosselli and beautiful tablecloth of Rose Cumming’s Macclesfield linen.

Edward Lobrano placesetting Lenox Hill Gala 2015

I own similar mats which are always great for layering. And it’s good to remember that a gingham can be elevated to enhance almost any setting.

Edward Lobrano placesetting Lenox Hill Gala 2015 The always colorful Nick Olsen collaborated with de Gournay for a full couture realization of his “Dark Side of Eden” vision.

Tabletop inspiration by Nick Olsen at Lenox Hill

The nearly six foot tall centerpiece was hand painted by de Gournay in a tree of life pattern to coordinate with the theme and their Palms duchess satin tablecloth. Ten custom porcelain plates were created, each hand painted to feature a different snake.

Nick Olsen Lenox Hill Gala 2015two photos above by Chris Delaney

And each seat cover featured the same custom coral snake designs hand painted on de Gournay’s midnight blue duchess satin with Red Roman piping.

Nick Olsen seat at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

Snakes in an elegant skin also appeared on the Hernandez Greene “Nastassja and the Serpent” table, featuring prints of the famous 1981 Avedon portrait of Nasstassja Kinski wrapped by a boa constrictor. Kinski’s idea to specifically reference an Eve and serpent tableau was a fashionable reference for the Garden of Eden theme.

Hernandez Greene table Lenox Hill Gala 2015Featuring spectacular large opaque black crystal pieces from Lalique (the Zaha Hadid Manifesto and the Mossi vases), their Mossi votives and tabletop accoutrements from Kim Seybert, the serpent never had such a chic home.

Hernandez Greene Lenox Hill Gala 2015

With a curated collection of original art from D&E Lake, Philip Mitchell‘s “Temptation” table referenced not just the desire in the Garden of Eden but temptation of other varieties as well.

Philip Mitchell at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

A magnificent centerpiece of red roses by Plaza Flowers rose from the table covered in Brunschwig‘s new Aravali floral with Railway Velvet on the chairs. I’m sure there was something delicious in those little red boxes!

Philip Mitchell setting at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

Temptation looked chic in red at Villalobos Desio‘s “Lure” table. L’Atelier Rouge placed flowers in and throughout the fantastic Hervé van der Straeten “Coupe Nid” centerpiece from Maison Gerard.

Villalobos Desio at Lenox Hill Gala 2015A tempting candy apple sat like forbidden fruit in the middle of the fancy folds of the napkin.

Villalobos Desio placesetting at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

With a tree covered in paper flowers as the centerpiece and tablecloth printed from Dagmar Weinberg‘s kaleidoscope-like photographs of trees, Campion Platt‘s “Earthly Delights” table was immersed in an artistic inspired garden.

Campion Platt Lenox Hill Gala 2015Michael Aram‘s gold toned chargers, napkin rings and candle-filled apples added a note of glam to the garden with the vibrant green of Christofle’s Kawali crystal stemware.

Campion Platt placesetting Lenox Hill Gala 2015

Christopher Maya‘s “Paradiso” ushered us into the Garden of Eden with a fresh breath of spring. Only the gnarly branches of the red centerpiece reminded us of the evil temptation within.

Christopher Maya Lenox Hill Gala 2015

His crisp Georgia linen for Holland & Sherry combined with a bright pop of green from C&C Milano (also available at Holland & Sherry in NYC) was a reminder of the garden enticing days to come.

Christopher Maya placesetting Lenox Hill Gala 2015

Ware Porter also employed the power of green for his dramatic “Behind the Hedgerow” table. Quadrille‘s bold Sigourney print on the tablecloth held its own surrounding the giant tree centerpiece.

Ware and Co. Lenox Hill Gala 2015

China and flatware from Ware Porter‘s chic Birmingham, Alabama shop, my favorite faux bois cachepots from Christopher Spitzmiller and beautiful florals from Plaza Flowers completed the vignette.

Ware and Co. placesetting Lenox Hill Gala 2015

The title of Sam Allen‘s table said it all – “Blue & White Bazaar – Hyacinths, Tulips, and Sweet Peas On My!”

Tabletop inspiration from Sam Allen at Lenox Hill

Blue and white is a classic for spring/summer entertaining. Sam completed an easy to emulate picture perfect version with a linen tablecloth of Carleton V’s  Wormhole with Christopher Spitzmiller’s fabulous hand marbled delft plates, a selection of ginger jars and vases from John Rosselli and flowers by Sam’s mother, designer Leslie Allen.

Sam Allen Lenox Hill

Tamara Stephenson debuted her new Root Cellar Design fabric collection with her “Eve’s Temptation” table. Inspired by historic fig illustrations,  the custom tablecloth fabric featured an oversized toile in a beautiful lavender and blue colorway.

Tamara Stephenson at Lenox Hill

Arete Collection partner George Sellars’ Grande Urn with Serpent from Flair Home references Eve’s temptation. The table also featured Haviland’s new Duomo pattern and RabLabs gilded agate coasters for a vibrant combination of old and new.

Tamara Stephenson detail at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

Temptation was also the theme at Hilary Pereira‘s “The Wood Nymph & Her Forbidden Fruit” table.

Hilary Pereira at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

With a hand carved centerpiece dripped with lush and delicious garden temptation, her table evoked a sense of mystery and pagan allure.

Hilary Pereira placesetting at Lenox Hill Gala 2015

That wraps up this year’s coverage of the Lenox Hill gala. I hope many of you have some new tabletop inspiration for your upcoming spring and summer entertaining.

all photos unless otherwise indicated by Quintessence

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4 Responses to Final Tabletop Inspiration from the Lenox Hill Gala

  1. franki says:

    I sighed so many times I’m afraid of hyperventilation!! This was a most sinful pleasure and I lust for that vase from John Rosselli !!! franki

  2. Creativity and whimsy a winning formula. Great blog.

  3. Mario Buatta says:

    Always a treat to see the arrival of Spring and Summer
    Table inspirations by so many inspired designers-Bravo
    Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association and Quintessence for sharing this.

  4. John says:

    Great photography…kudos to the designer…

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