NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

For those of you who aren’t normally weekend readers, please take a moment to look back at the last post covering Gloria Vanderbilt’s new exhibition. It is a testament to the power of creativity and that age is merely a number not a limitation. Moving on, today we continue our look at this year’s beautiful tables at the Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner. One of the most creative arrangements was orchestrated by Aamir Khandwala for Robert Couturier in which a halo of orchids was suspended over the table. In a clever play on negative space, a hand sculpted metal ring by artist Roque Rey functions as the centerpiece, with the overhanging florals offering an embracing yet spacious surround. The refined purple and black color theme of the orchids, sculpture and Fendi Casa Murano vases made for a beautiful and serene dining environment.

Orchid DinnerA more architectonic setting was executed by designer Shawn Henderson in his ode to Paul Rudolph, the legendary architect and dean of Yale Architecture School in the formative early 60s. A custom structure by TransLUXE, with a suspended rooted orchid, acts as centerpiece, paying homage to Rudolph’s late modernist designs.

Shawn Henderson orchid dinner table

The modernist theme is continued on the tabletop with elegant selections from Calvin Klein Home, echoing the finesse of form with subtle texture and neutral palette.

orchid dinner

CK Creative Director Amy Mellen designed the entire collection of hand thrown porcelain Quay dinnerware (with a glazed interior and matte exterior), Fumo crystal and Ellipse flatware, which I admired during my visit to the Madison Avenue store. The embroidered fabric, Nias, is also Calvin Klein for Kravet.

Calvin Klein dinnerware at Orchid Dinner

Purity of form was also the theme at designer/architect Carlos Aparicio‘s table where an abundance of loosely arranged orchids cascaded from the structured form of a 1940s Danish vase – a lovely contrast.

orchid dinner

Tropical neutrals were celebrated at David Handy‘s casually chic table.

David Handy orchid dinner table

I liked how his centerpiece was thematic but still elegant and restrained.

David handy orchid dinner table

Contributing Veranda editor and Soirée author Danielle Rollins, below with event sponsor Veranda editor in chief Clinton Smith,

Danielle Rollins and Clinton Smith at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

created a festive and colorful table of high low design finds. Bold custom monogrammed napkins sit on classic Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf dinnerware and lace service plates.

Danielle Rollins orchid dinner

And a Home Depot bowl was transformed for the centerpiece with some creative hand painting with the addition of candles found at Target.

Danielle Rollins orchid dinner centerpiece

Brunschwig Creative Director Stephen Elrod took Key West’s beachside location as inspiration for his tablescape. The aqua toned tablecloth is New Athos in Berry/Orchid with chair slipcovers of Pique-Nique in Pink/Kumquat.

Stephen Elrod for Brunschwig at the Orchid Dinner

Fun accessories mixed for a tropical take on casual dining.

brunschwig orchid dinner table

Designing for Arquitectonica, Alison Spear embraced the Miami-headquartered international firm’s love of color. The table in progress shows new product coming from the firm used as a tablecloth.

Alison Spear for Arquitectonica Interiors at the Orchid DinnerColorful scarves adorned the backs of each chair.

arquitectonica table at the orchid dinner

The fresh blue and green colorway at Sherrill Canet’s table was like a welcome slice of summer.

Sherrill Canet orchid dinner tableThe designer, below with Veranda Director of Decoration and Special Projects and gala Decorations Chair Carolyn Englefield.

orchid dinner Floral details in the napkin rings and charming votives continued the evening’s theme.

sherrill canet orchid dinner details

During the day you could see the fabulous container Loni Ludlow used for her striking arrangement at designer Laura Bohn’s table. The organic feel is echoed in the pattern of the Duralee’s Plume tablecloth and vases and hurricanes from Seasons Flowers.

Laura Bohn orchid dinner tableAt dinner the table exuded a sophisticated yet natural Key West inspired vibe.

Laura Bohn orchid dinner table at night

Stop back next time for our final look at the tables from the orchid dinner. Tuesday I will be speaking with Susanna Salk at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta about our video series, so if you are on twitter feel free to follow along. And then later this week will be the debut of our very exciting new video series.

7 thoughts on “NY Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner Continued

  1. What a treat to see the NY Botanical Gardens Orchid Dinner.The tables are lovely and the beautiful orchids. Your lovely post made my day on this snowy Kentucky morning. Thank you, Beth

  2. I’ve been out of town so am playing catch up this morning and your posts on the Orchid dinner are just what I need after facing the reality of Seattle late winter after days in the sun. So gorgeous and tropical. I’m feeling warmer already! Thank you!! XO

  3. The Oscars have nothing on this glamorous floral finery… Beautiful tables, yet again! We’ll try to follow your panel tomorrow and know you’ll be brilliant.
    C + C

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