I just received some photos from the recent NYBG's Orchid Dinner, and I wanted to share with you some beautiful images of tables designed by Malcolm James Kutner and David Kleinberg.
I love how Malcolm chose to work with green Cymbidium orchids, green tea roses, and liriope leaves. Yes it's simple, but so striking too. The other thing that I admire about the table are the layers. You've got elements of varying heights, discreet details (the beautifully engraved placecards), and reflective surfaces. It's the type of table that you can't absorb immediately- you have to sit there and let it soak in. This is certainly a hallmark of Malcolm's work; he prefers the subtle. And isn't that appropriate right now?
The tablecloth is Claremont's woven silk Drap de Soie in a gorgeous green with hints of bronze. The runner is a bronze document damask called Palma Damask. And see the silver candlesticks and julep cups? These are part of Malcolm's personal collection...and he chose not to polish the silver! Malcolm has no problem with his silver showing tarnish, so remember that the next time you have a dinner party and you're fretting over your silver. Maybe you should just let it go and enjoy it!
The two images below are from David Kleinberg's table. It seems that David was going for more high-impact drama, and I think he achieved it! I hope that these tables might provide a little inspiration for your next party.