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The Art of the Holiday Table

Each year, so many memories are made sitting around the “holiday table”. In an unsure world it’s a safe place to gather, share life updates and lots of laughs. Each family has its own traditions expressed in the way they set their table, the menu they serve, and the people that gather around. The 2023 holidays are fast-approaching and as we enter the season we invite you to remember joyous times and anticipate more to come in 2024.

To get you inspired we thought we’d share some tablescapes from our Art of the Table® events from over the years. The event (which was put on hold when the pandemic started) was a yearly celebration for which we invited five or six exceptional architects and designers into our showrooms and charged them with creating a fantasy setting using tabletop and home décor items from various high-end retailers. Click here to see the 2019 displays. (We hope to bring the event back in 2024. Stay tuned!)

In the meantime, from our tables to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season! 

 

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Tabletop design using pinks, and wine tones with Fine Bone China and silverware place settings.

This table was designed by Patrick J. Hamilton for the 2015 New York City Art of the Table®. With product from Prouna – Fine Bone China, embedded with genuine Swarovski elements and hand-painted with platinum, his tablescape exudes a warmth with its mix of plums and browns, tortoise shell water glasses and feathered placemats.

Tabletop design using a mix of black and gold plates and gold flatware on a live edge walnut dining table.

Glenn Gissler set this table also for the 2015 Art of the Table®. A more contemporary, masculine approach, he used a mix of black and gold against the live edge walnut dining table which complemented the Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray walls in the background.

Tabletop design using red placements with yellow, purple and red floral accented plates.

Architect Bana Choura set her table for the 2019 Art of the Table® Westchester primarily with reds and yellows and influenced by her favorite fruit…the pomegranate. The dishes she chose were Bernardaud’s Marc Chagall collection. Each setting showed off a completely different design, all unified by exuberant color, outrageous motif and, of course, the repetition of red.

Tabletop design using a classic white plates, tablecloth, and bud vases with lavender plant accents and clear drinking glasses

In 2016 Reza Nouranian set his table for eight with a simple but elegant selection of products for Art of the Table® in New York City. The dinnerware was from Mottahedeh, a recognized leader in luxury ceramics. He chose a classic white pattern and paired it with hand-made cutlery by Capdeco. Each place setting is accompanied by a bud vase with lavender and crystal glassware by Vista Alegre. A touch of color is brought in with the red stripes on the tablecloth, the salt and pepper sets, and the chargers under the espresso cups. Mottehedeh bud vases are placed strategically down the center.

Island seating tabletop design using greens and purple accents throughout.

Jane Bell’s 2016 design for Art of the Table® Westchester is the sort of space you’d enter and never want to leave. Jane selected a mix of products from Nambe, Kim Seybert and Deshoulieres, all sourced from the event sponsor, Current Home in Scarsdale. Deep shades of purple and green throughout the space look elegant on top of the Fantasy Brown quartzite and against the taupe kitchen cabinets, turning an otherwise monotone room into a vibrant environment.

Tabletop design using vibrant blues, yellows and greens with a large green and blue vase in the center and white plates, silver flatware, blue stemless wine glasses and clear stemmed water goblets.

This charming environment by Jessica Jacobson for the 2018 Art of the Table® Westchester is more of a spring holiday setting with its vibrant blues, yellows and greens. The 2018 sponsor was Replacements, Ltd., a North Carolina-based company that is the world’s largest supplier of active and discontinued tableware. Are you missing a piece or two from your dinnerware, glassware, or silverware? Replacements will help you make your collection whole again. Jessica’s first selection was the vase in the center of the table and that dictated the rest from the place settings to the bud vases to the fabric for the chairs. And it all came together beautifully.

Tabletop design using browns, grays and yellows, pewter bowls and exotic accents from branch-like white candles, weaved brown and yellow straw runner and a large mixed greens cedar pine branches as centerpiece.

And last, but certainly not least, is Kim Mitchell’s tablescape for the 2019 Art of the Table® Westchester. She not only set her table but outfitted the entire space around it, all inspired by the book, Out of Africa. Using a mix of pewter and white stoneware by Juliska, and the backdrop of the “sand” colored cabinets, that set the tone for the rest of the design. This table is not just for dining; it tells a story about the family that sits around it and their many travels all over the world. Read more in the full blog here.

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That concludes the tour of a handful of tablescapes that have graced our showrooms since 2015; all very unique, all very beautiful. The above products can be found at various high-end retailers some of which are listed below. If you are looking for something specific, please contact us.

Retailers:
Bernardaud
, Cristofle, Frette, Lenox, Replacements, Ltd., Mottahedeh, Kiyasa Group – Prouna, Current Home, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Staub, and Bloomingdales White Plains.

Happiest of Holidays to All!

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