Inspiration for creating dazzling table environments abounded at
Each one was as dazzling as the next, reflecting a wide range of styles and color palettes. Here is a sampling of some favorites that offer up a wealth of ideas for
Alessandra Branca for Benjamin Moore used its color of the year, Caliente, as the anchor for a Moroccan-themed table. The setting featured a mix of middle eastern flavored elements, such as brass lighting fixtures and a trellis-like enclosure. Seasonal red tulips combined with the more exotic paisley printed tablecloth, red drinkware and scenic printed plates. The sum total was a dramatic yet casual scene that had just enough alluring flair.
Crate and Barrel, known for its chic and affordable home furnishings and products, presented this luxe, modern dining area. The black and white graphic backdrop is perfect for the fresh green hue of the sumptuous velvet upholstery. With the bold statement set by the green, the rest of the
This room by Donghia transports diners to the forest in every way. From the thick carpet of greenery underfoot to the upholstered furnishings whose textile pattern resembles lichen-accented tree bank, the setting presents an organic experience. Designer Bennett Leifer was said to be inspired by France’s Anjou region in creating his Whimsical Pear Garden. The mirrors on the wall are an iconic Donghia design and are flanked by the Renaldo Sconce. Instead of chairs, Leifer chose the Curve sofa and unique tri-cornered stools.
The tablescape itself sticks to an organic feel, with a forest of greenery and limbs making up the centerpiece. The gold-rimmed tableware has a simple yet opulent design that resembles the morning dew, dotted across the surface. That and the golden flatware are the understated touches of bling accenting the table.
A number of art and design schools also created spaces, including Parsons School of Design. The
From a design perspective, with so much drama above the table, the place settings and centerpiece reflect an Asian sensibility and rely on simplicity. The sake cups and mix of plate shapes are appropriately combined with western style flatware rather than chopsticks. By confining the drama to the light fixture and using a minimalist tablescape, the setting is more meaningful.
A dark and dramatic dining room by
Even if it’s still cold outside, guests can enjoy a cheery brunch or dinner in this bright and lively space by LUXE magazine and designer Jeffrey Moon. “I Dream of Spring” was created as an “ode to the serenity of the season,” a quiet cocoon that embraces diners with the warmth of spring. An abundance of flowers in the wallpaper print, on the table and overhead surround the space in blooms. A spring green banquette surrounds the table and is full of bright, cushy pillows. Lighting behind the seating lends extra warmth to the alcove and dinnerware adorned with beautiful butterflies adds a lively element.
An intimate dinner for four gets the glamorous treatment from Michael Aram, who created this refined yet simple table. A table overlay with plenty of texture is embellished with a beaded design and paired with simple white napkins and chair pads. Understated tableware, adorned with butterflies, is combined with silver twig-handled flatware. A tall, silver vessel filled with wild greenery and sprays of dainty blooms anchors the setting. The dandelion sculpture to the side of the table repeats the wild and carefree feeling of the centerpiece.
Architecture firm NBBJ
The New York Times teamed up with One King’s Lane on this nature-inspired dining space. From the earthy colored walls to the natural elements used in the tablescape, it’s refined without being fussy. Illuminated by woven pendants of various shapes, the table repeats the basket-like element on the vessels that hold palm fronds or candles. Cacti and fruits serve as embellishments and each place setting is accented with a gilded, lidded bowl in the shape of a pomegranate. This is an ideal theme for a relaxing dinner party.
Pratt Institute created their dining space to reflect the impact of a positive HIV diagnosis and the fact that it is a heavy burden to bear. “Bringing this topic to the table sets the stage for addressing the elephant in the room,” writes Pratt. The abstract walls in moody hues only serve to highlight the elephant hanging over the scene. The drama of the space is enhanced by the LED-illuminated chargers under each plate and the
It’s no wonder that Ralph Lauren’s dining space is so chic: It is modeled after the brand’s restaurant in Paris. Casual yet exceedingly refined, the setting features dining chairs that are a more comfortable take on the traditional bistro design, especially with the classically striped textile covering. Underneath a grand chandelier, the table has a blue and white color palette, with no detail left untended. The tableware is a mixed yet matched array of patterns that surround a large and lush arrangement of bright springtime blooms. Silver chargers and flatware add a bit of shine to the setting.
Italian tile group Florin designed this setting that features a spectacular table of segmented concentric circles. With a table like this, the center piece must be simple, enhancing its design. The arrangement of smaller vessels that hold white blooms and are surrounded by modern glass candelabras, anchoring the setting. The silver tinged glass tableware also keeps attention on the table as does the lack of chargers or placemats. Napkins are ringed with watch, a novel usage that puts the focus on time as a societal statement on HIV and AIDS.
The 400 strands of hand-dyed carpet fibers suspended around this oval table form an elliptical veil around diners. A joint project between the Rockwell Group and The Rug Company, the dining experience was inspired by the work of rug weavers in Nepal. On the outside of the veil, a partially woven rug hangs at the end, highlighting the Lola rug that was specially designed by David Rockwell and his daughter, Lola. The glossy table features understated vessels filled with greenery and Asian inspired place settings atop hand-dyed placemats.
This bold and color-soaked space is by Rottet Studio, S. Donadic Inc and Fendi Casa. The dining room has a contemporary style but is filled with living blooms and natural elements meant to create a monochromatic environment that features rich botanicals, accented with Dutch still life paintings. The contrasts of boldly hued walls with the profusion of fruits and plants makes for a dining space with an abundant feeling .
A more formal,
The School of Visual Arts created a dining space that is soaked in drama — and red. The students intended for the space to be a creating a visual representation of the HIV/AIDS awareness movement, and the cylinders in the design aim to convey unity and a “celestial aurora” that puts forth a feeling of hope and prosperity. The intimate table is set with a modest vessel that holds simple orchids, illuminated under the
Each and every space created for DIFFA’s Dining by Design has inspiration for your next dinner party. Whether you choose to create an entire environment or just incorporate some tablescape ideas is up to you — and how much of a statement you want your event to make. Which are your favorites?