When the New York Design Center (200 Lex) asked us to partner with them to create a dining environment for the 2015 DIFFA’s Dining by Design event, we were thrilled. It has always been a favorite event in the design industry, and 200 Lex has long been a generous supporter of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). We were excited to take part. Inspired by the black-and-white and gilded all-over aura of the golden age of Hollywood, we fashioned a glamorous dining pavilion.
Furnished entirely by the high-end showrooms in 200 Lex, we gathered items to create a sophisticated and pattern-rich tableau, to set a scene where dinner was to be held on-stage in a gleaming “dining room.” Our table-scape featured fretwork mirrors, deco-inspired wall sconces and a chandelier. A featured hue was emerald, with silk by Kravet upholstering 18 Celerie Kemble for Henredon dining chairs. Beyond the “stage,” an audience from a vintage black and white image looked on from orchestra, mezzanine and balcony.
We thought it would add touch of fun if the viewpoint of this dining environment was from the backstage, framed by the backs of scenery flats, a makeup table and an “On-air” sign.
The New York chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) named our golden age of Hollywood inspired table Best in Show, and the design press and bloggers were very generous in their coverage, but we must confess, this was our favorite, New York legend Bill Cunningham putting us in the Style section:
As always, we’re so grateful to the design companies and artisans who loaned, donated and gave their time and effort to help us create this.
Furnishings donated by:
Cassandra Occasional Chairs by Celerie Kemble for Henredon
Mark Double Pedestal Table by Kindel
Hanley Large Chandelier by Arteriors
Lulu Floor Lamps by Amanda Nisbet for Niermann Weeks
Baron Wall Sconces by Currey & Co.
Metro Wall Sconces by Currey & Co.
Cicero Obelisks by Currey & Co.
Corrugated Bamboo Cachepots by Global Views
Aqua Peacocks by Global Views
Minstrel Gold Dinnerware by Lenox through Richard Cohen Collection
Tabletop by annieglass through Richard Cohen Collection
Flatware by Nambe through Richard Cohen Collection
Glassware by Michael Wainwright through Richard Cohen Collection
Votives by Orrefors Kosta Boda through Richard Cohen Collection
Chair Fabric Bengal Silk Emerald by Kravet
Table Runner fabric DVF Mini Deck by Kravet
Drapery Fabric 33119.8 by Kravet
Wallpaper GP&J Baker Fretwork Foil Black and Gold by Lee Jofa
Floor Covering Labyrinth Black and Beige by Cole & Son for Kravet
Black Tassels by Kravet
Structure fabricated by DCM Fabrication
Floral by Aisling Flowers/Tess Casey
Backdrop by Drop Shop NYC
Upholstery and drapery by Marks & Tavano Workroom
Photos in this post courtesy of The New York Design Center: Darren Ornitz