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
I can’t wait to visit the stunning new Pérez Art Museum Miami, located in a downtown park overlooking Biscayne Bay. Designed by Swiss starchitects Herzog & de Meuron, the three-story, 200,000-square-foot museum focuses on 20th century and contemporary art, as well as cultures of the Atlantic Rim, which it defines as the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa. The pavilion-like structure has deep, shaded verandas with native tropical plants that hang from the canopy like long green columns. Judging from photographs and early reports, the dramatic yet light-and-airy museum promises to become a major Miami destination.
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the new Pérez Art Museum Miami is a three-story pavilion surrounded by deep verandas overlooking Biscayne Bay.
PAMM’s verandas include hanging gardens, designed by the French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, where native tropical plants are suspended from the canopy like long green columns. Photograph by Iwan Baan
A gallery at PAMM. Photograph by Iwan Baan
Gallery window seating at PAMM with a view over Biscayne Bay. Photograph by Iwan Baan