If you're looking for some inspiration for your holiday table, look no further than these fantastical tablescapes created by some of NYC's top designers to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge NYC. Presented at the 2015 Hope Lodge NYC Bash last week, the 20 imaginative displays, designed by Michael Aram, Guillaume Gentet, Michael Tavano, Anne Rue, Gregory Allan Cramer, Louis Navarrete, Kristen McCory, Tamara Stephenson and other notable NYC designers, took guests on a trip around the world with their elaborate country- and city-themed centerpieces. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Hope Lodge's ongoing mission of providing free lodging to cancer patients in need.
The 20 festive tables transformed the Harmonie Club into a spectacle of globally-themed wonderment complete with handmade linens, over-the-top floral centerpieces and fun details. Each display drew inspiration from a different country or city that Hope Lodge NYC guests call home, ranging from Brazil to Paris to Iceland.
Event Chair Guillaume Gentet treated those at his table to a gilded spread of Turkish delights.
Much more than just a curated collection of items, each table was a work of art with meaning and symbolism behind every charger, flower and linen choice.
Designer Louis Navarrete celebrated his family’s heritage with a Cuba-themed table. Each detail, from the frilly white tablecloth reminiscent of a dancer’s skirt to the white roses giving a nod to the country’s national hero José Martí’s famous poem “Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca,” pays homage to the spirit of Cuba.
Designer Robin Baron‘s New York City-themed tablescape was a showstopper with its glowing, translucent centerpiece.
Tamara Stephenson of Root Cellar Designs brought a taste of Amsterdam to the Harmonie Club with help from fashion designer Susan Young. Their table paired the traditional look of blue and white tableware with whimsical, custom-made pinwheel favors that evoke the windmills of Holland.
“The American Cancer Society relies on financial support from individuals and companies to sustain Hope Lodge’s programs and services,” said Karen Radwin, Executive Director of the Hope Lodge Program. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by our leadership volunteers, donors, sponsors and designers to ensure the success of this important event—one that is raising funds to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers!”
Hope Lodge NYC has provided lodging for nearly 14,000 cancer patients and their caregivers since it opened in 2007. To support Hope Lodge and other American Cancer Society initiatives, please visit their donation page here.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat NYC