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Delicious Tabletop Fantasies

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Ralph Lauren Home’s table set for ten was gorgeously styled under a crystal chandelier accented with branches and blossoms.

A jaunt to New York City for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show yielded much to covet from stunning kitchens, appliances, and furniture lines to tabletop treasures and new fascinating gadgets and technologies. The dining installations by interior designers, artists, students, and design brands for Dining By Design were worth the trip alone. Sponsored by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, an organization celebrating its 30th year of providing preventive education and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, Dining by Design raises funds with a gala and silent auction. Table styles range from extravagant to minimal, classic to trendy, but all tempt with the thought of a leisurely setting enjoyed among good company … and great design.

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For Knoll’s installation, shiny copper Washington Skeleton™ Aluminum Side Chairs, designed by David Adjaye in 2013, surround a white Saarinen table. The chairs’ metallic sheen reflects the grid of red floral accents on a curved wall painted a highly saturated purplish blue. Plus a bottle of chilled champagne and a cake stand full of macaroons? Yes, please.
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Kravet enlisted the talent of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg for its display. Under two umbrellas, patterned fabrics and bright colors mix around two hot pink oval tables for a fashionable and feminine escape.
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New York designer Marc Blackwell created an orb of an oasis with a red table anchored in place by matching arches, which created segmented spaces for simple director’s chairs. Blackwell designs tabletop and home accessories, so its no wonder the gold trimmed dinnerware was the perfect blend of simplicity and glamour.
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Classic, unpretentious, and fantastic. That’s Calvin Klein. The company’s installation consisted of two planks of wood, separated by a strip of moss, that were elevated from the ground just enough to provide comfortable seating in the form of pillows. Gold flatware laid horizontally on the plates added to the Asian sensibility.
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The ancient custom of reclining while dining inspired ddc, a contemporary furniture showroom in New York, to create its luxurious setting with the help of New York architect David Ling. A blue and white theme carries the design, with the Italian Boa sofa in plush velvet, low marble tables, and sparkling lighting reminiscent of bunches of grapes, like the ones set in the bowls.
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And then there’s Arteriors, which brought jungle opulence to the party. A large glass table allowed a view through to the gnarly wooden base and gold accents such as stump-shaped stools added a decadent touch. The table settings, though, are what make you weak in the knees — coconut-shaped bowls on top of a patterned pouf and long banana leaf are placed with matching hot pink napkins and straws. What concoction, we wonder, will our hosts will be serving?
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