The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner, February 24, 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental’s Grand Ballroom. Photograph: New York Social Diary
I was delighted to be among the 25 designers asked to create a table for The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner, which took place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental’s Grand Ballroom. Sponsored by Veranda magazine, it serves as a fundraising prelude to the annual Orchid Show and is one of the season’s most glamorous events. As always, the room looked fantastic. This year’s theme was “Key West Contemporary,” and I enlisted the help of bunch of first-rate vendors to collaborate with Laura Bohn Design Associates in creating a table setting with a gorgeous orchid centerpiece that expressed the evening’s tropical spirit.
Laura Bohn Design Associates’ table at the Orchid Dinner
The talented Loni Ludlow conjured the centerpiece with blooms fresh from Chelsea’s 28th Street flower market. The vases and atmospheric hurricane candles came from Seasons: A Floral Design Studio. Duralee supplied the tropical print fabric for the table cloth, Kenny Flam of K. Flam Associates did the custom upholstery, and DENY Designs provided the colorful coasters.
Loni Ludlow and Laura Bohn in front of their table at the Orchid Dinner. Photograph: New York Social Diary
This fall my partner Francine Monaco, Dane Pressner, and I had a great time designing a booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, which ran October 25–31 at the Park Avenue Armory. The booth was something of an hommage to the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette, who worked on a couple of Minnelli movies as well as many other extraordinary projects. The design was based on a magical garden of Meissen porcelain flowers raining down into French ceramic planters with dramatically lighted swaths of shimmering fabric draped overhead to continue the fantasy. Here are some shots of the installation.
D’Aquino Monaco‘s booth for Bernd Goeckler Antiques at the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show was inspired by the movies of Vincente Minnelli and the designs of Tony Duquette.
The booth featured a large chandelier by Max Ingrand (1908-1969) for Fontana Arte designed for the Italian Pavilion of the Brussels World’s Fair, 1958. It hung over a ca. 1956 “Ditirambo” ebonized mahogany, black-painted metal, and brass dining table by Ignazio Gardella (1905-1999) for Azucena.
The booth was draped in wide swaths of fabric by Gretchen Bellinger; this one, “Bloom With a View,” features a sea of die-cut organza blossoms on a sheer organza ground.
A screen of three verre-églomisé panels with a pastoral and harbor scene, 1943, by Paule and Max Ingrand hangs above a large sideboard with bronze chevron motif, ca. 1964, by Jean Royère (1902-1981).
Each year, the New York Design Center gathers the entire industry to celebrate What’s New and What’s Next @ 200 Lex, a building-wide event focused on all things new in creative ideas, fresh design, innovative materials, and breakout products. On Thursday, September 13, Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design magazine, and Stephanie Odegard will be hosting Laura Bohn and five other New York designers as they give you a peek into their own private homes, and toast the 25th anniversary of Odegard carpets. Please join us at 6:30 pm in Suite 1209, 200 Lexington Avenue (details below).