After everything has been installed and all of the furnishings are in place, a beautifully set table is the final touch in a renovation. One recent event in New York City honored this form of art.
Bilotta Kitchens and Replacements, Ltd., in association with media sponsor Traditional Home, hosted the seventh-annual “Art of the Table.” The event featured five New York City-based interior designers and the five distinctive vignettes they designed at the Bilotta Kitchens showroom in New York City.
The participating designers for this event were Rajni Alex of Rajni Alex Design; Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48; Jennifer Flanders of Jennifer Flanders Inc.; Julie Schuster of Julie Schuster Design Studio; and Asler Valero of Asler Valero Interior Design. We spoke with each of them to find out more about their table settings.
“I tried to use the gardens of Versailles as inspiration to enhance a modern kitchen and create a colorful and convivial atmosphere. I loved the opportunity to mix old with new.”
– Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48
“My goal was to create a space that feels inviting and warm – a place where you would want to spend time with family and friends. I was not going for a completely polished look. Rather, I was trying to convey the idea of ‘getting ready’ to have people over in a very real way – setting out all the dishes in piles, organizing the silverware, cutting the flowers, baking cookies – all to prepare the house for guests.”
– Jennifer Flanders of Jennifer Flanders Inc.
“I used organic materials like dry lentils, stones from the Mediterranean Sea, bay leaves, corn husks and the table cloth fabric, ‘IMERA’ by ELITIS, which is made out of jute. I wanted to mix the white, sleek kitchen with sophisticated accessories, organic materials and whimsical art, while keeping a balance where each one stands on its own.”
– Asler Valero of Asler Valero Interior Design
“We layered fine china patterns with delicate crystal and sparkling silver from Replacements to set the stage. Beautiful floral arrangements from Starbright Floral Designs are reminiscent of an English garden and add subtle drama to the space. Delectable treats from Chantilly Patisserie, antique books, a bold black-and-white photograph and a beautifully framed print of an English manor from J. Pocker add to the overall ambience and elegance of the space.”
– Rajni Alex of Rajni Alex Design
“I wanted to evoke the amazing, vivid memories we all have of beautiful alfresco dining experiences: a summer evening, when the air absolutely caresses your skin. The scent of ripening grapes or night-blooming florals wafting into the arbor where the table is set to welcome family and good friends. For “Tuscan Garden Party,” I wanted to recreate these favorite alfresco dining memories we all have –when the tinkle of crystal glasses is punctuated with the laughter of friends enjoying one another’s company too much to allow the evening to end.”
– Julie Schuster of Julie Schuster Design Studio