A Place at the Table: Laura Bohn at the Dining by Design Gala

In an earlier post I described my plans for the two place settings I was creating for the NYDC‘s table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala Dinner last week. The theme was “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” and I got to design vignettes for two dream guests of my choiceburlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee and fashion maestro Alexander McQueen. Other “guests” at the table included Madeleine Castaing, Coco Chanel, Cleopatra, Salvador Dali, Tony Duquette, Elvis, Farrah Fawcett, Hiroshige, Michael Jackson, Steve Jobs, Freddie Mercury, Emilio Pucci, Elizabeth Taylor, Tintin, Andy Warhol, and Eva Zeisel—what a fabulous crew! And the roster of designers responsible for that lineup was equally terrific: Thomas Burak, West Chin, Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku, Kati Curtis, Vanessa Deleon, Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo, Drew McGukin, and Robert Passal. As always, the event was a huge success, with lots of wildly inventive decor on show. Here are some photos of our super-eclectic table.

NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, March 2012

NYDC’s eclectic “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” table at DIFFA’s Dining by Design Gala, March 2012. ©Linked Ring Photography

NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

 The table had settings for 18 guests as diverse as Cleopatra and Steve Jobs, all with one thing in commonthey were no longer alive. Individual vignettes—from the chair itself to the tabletop and propsrepresented each personality. ©Linked Ring Photography

Alexander McQueen place setting by Laura Bohn for the NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

The place setting I designed for the great fashion maestro Alexander McQueen. ©Linked Ring Photography

Detail of the Alexander McQueen place setting by Laura Bohn for the NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

McQueen’s tablescape included Versace dinnerware and a bejeweled skull from 1stdibs@NYDC©Linked Ring Photography

Gypsy Rose Lee place setting by Laura Bohn for the NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

The other place setting I designed was for burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee. ©Linked Ring Photography

Detail of the Gypsy Rose Lee place setting by Laura Bohn for the NYDC table at the DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

Props for Gypsy Rose’s setting included fabulous vintage paste jewelry and elegant Fil d’Argent pattern dinnerware from Hermès. ©Linked Ring Photography

Laura Bohn at DIFFA Dining by Design Gala, 2012

From left, me with Kati Curtis of Nirmada Design and Traditional Home publisher Beth Brenner.