More Tabletop Creativity from the Lenox Hill Gala

Each year, in anticipation of the Lenox Hill Gala, I wonder how designers will top their creations from previous seasons. And each year I am amazed at the innovative ingenuity displayed. From towering to (not quite) tiny, the table decorations ranged in size and extravagance but none lacked creativity. Patrick Mele’s stunning centerpiece was a festive weeping willow of colorful ribbons. Pierre Frey‘s new Arty linen dressed the table, inspiring a fresh and primary take on spring with simple yet lush arrangements of daffodils, blue votives and red and yellow place setting accoutrements.

Patrick Mele Lenox Hill Gala table

Talent finds talent, and collaborating with long time friend, Haley Sarno, Mele commissioned charming placecards

patrick mele lenox hill gala table and Matisse-like paper flowers to adorn each chair.

Lenox Hill gala

Ashley Whittaker always produces beautiful layered tables and this year’s Peonies in the Park was no exception. I loved the Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa Arcadia fabric paired with abundant florals and herb filled Williams Sonoma lion’s head soup bowls.

Ashley Whittaker Lenox Hill gala table

Christopher Spitzmiller‘s fetching cachepots were the perfect addition for smaller arrangements.

ashley whittaker Lenox Hill gala table

Another fresh take on tradition was Allison Hennessy‘s beautiful table up front and center. With a tall flower-filled etagere, she set the tone for a classic with a twist blue and white scheme, incorporating a fresh grass green with Peter Dunham‘s Bukhara.

allison hennessy lenox hill gala table

Festive Kim Seybert napkins adorned the casually chic setting.

allison hennessy lenox hill gala table

Alessandra Branca recreated her lovely tablescape that appeared in this month’s House Beautiful, using her own Pagoda china with her Branca Stripe for Schumacher.

Alessandra Branca Lenox Hill gala table

A chinoiserie chic mix of pink and blue offered a yin yang of both tailored and feminine.

alessandra branca lenox hill gala table

With an Empire State Building at each place, Roric Tobin channelled the classic movie An Affair to Remember for his table for Geoffrey Bradfield.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Lenox Hill gala table

The lush color scheme commemorated Cary Grant’s and Deborah Kerr’s visit to his grandmother’s house in Villefranche in Provence, with the bucketed flowers emulating those seen in french flower markets.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Lenox Hil gala table

The majestic de Gournay table celebrated their exquisite hand painted porcelain, which I have written about before. Each piece is entirely hand-carved, hand-glazed and hand-painted and can be individually customized.

de gournay lenox hill gala table

With a hand painted organza covering, their table exuded the beauty of nature captured in all its handcrafted artful forms.

de gournay lenox hill gala table

Nicole Gibbons‘ inspiration for her table sprang from the Balmain spring ad campaign with Rihanna. Working with Stark, she selected a Lelièvre Jean Paul Gaultier print similar to the pattern of the tile grid in the background of the ad. And partnering with TTH florist Taylor Tomasi Hill, the two created a pink based theme to echo the outfit.

Nicole Gibbons Lenox Hill gala table

And bringing in fashionable dinnerware, chopsticks and napkin rings from l’Objet, the table reflected Rihanna’s bling-y accessories.

Nicole Gibbons Lenox Hill gala table

Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, the mother/daughter design team behind Good Bones, Great Pieces, created a casually elegant table with classic botanical references.

Good Bones Great Pieces Lenox Hill gala table

A lovely Schumacher document print Les Fougeres set the woodsy tone for the table with cherry blossoms in grouped containers creating a great dramatic statement. With Glassbaby votives and Kim Seybert Bamboo tablemats and accoutrements, this table could easily be emulated at home for a beautiful spring celebration.

Good Bones Great Pieces Lenox Hill gala table

Fernando Santangelo‘s signature mix of old and new resulted in a vibrant table with his creative use of Dagobert Peche’s graphic 1913 butterfly textile from the Neue Galerie.

fernando santangelo lenox hill gala table

Bold black and white ceramics at the place settings and for the vase offset the dramatic yellow floral centerpiece.

fernando santangelo lenox hill gala table

We will continue to look at the tables from the Lenox Hill gala later this week.

4 thoughts on “More Tabletop Creativity from the Lenox Hill Gala

  1. I’ve gleaned several inspirations…I can tie ribbons (love the movement to this)..I can sew tassels onto napkins… Later this week then… franki

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