Design New England

Garden Feasts

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Photo by Joel Benjamin

The idea for July/August 2013’s Selections started with a simple question: How does one eat outside in style? It grew in stops and starts, tugging at our imaginations in the short five weeks from conception to final photography. (See our behind-the-scenes video in our digital edition). The outdoor dining season is short in New England and we wanted to capture the heady feeling of indulging in a picnic, a fancy garden dinner party, or a solo plein air lunch between chores while we had the chance. Whether it involves a blanket, fine china, or a paper sack, any meal, taken outside, is something to savor.


We turned to the experts to create our magical moments with products and accessories that exude both creativity and realness. Into the mix, we threw a piece of outdoor furniture selected from the Richard Schultz line from Knoll. Each designer had to incorporate either the Petal End Table, Topiary Bench, or Fresh Air Chair from the collection into their setting.
Our lucky break came with Rhode Island based garden designer Louis Raymond, who offered one of his on-going projects, a lovely urban backyard in Providence, Rhode Island, that proved the ideal one-stop location for our three planned scenarios. To Raymond’s gardener’s lunch, Erin Heath and Rose Mattos, floral and event designers from Foret Bespoke Floral & Installation Design in Somerville, Massachusetts, added a picnic in the park, and interior designer extraordinaire Kate Coughlin of Boston, pulled out all the stops for festive formal dinner. All three are a feast for the eyes.
Here are some candid photos from the day, enjoy!

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