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22 Over-the-Top Tablescapes to Inspire Your Next Dinner Party

Who doesn’t love a dinner party? Especially when it’s thrown for a fantastic cause. This year’s challenged some of New York City’s most talented designers to dream up a fantasy land of exquisite and imaginative tablescapes to . The annual event, held at Manhattan’s Pier 92, was a smorgasbord of vibrant vignettes ranging from Ralph Lauren Home’s paint-themed soirée to the New York Times’ New Orleans-inspired fête. Click through our gallery of photos to see what each designer brought to the “table.”

With Nature as Your Guide

Inspired by the ceramic creations of South African artist Ruan Hoffmann and the murals of Rebecca Rebouché, designer fabricated this blue and purple dream world for .

let les bon temps rouler with their lush and lavish New Orleans-inspired table designed by in association with & L’objet – Vieux Carre.

‘s table designed by took center stage with its old Hollywood-themed decor.

Over at ‘s tented table, we felt like we’d just stepped into a blue and white garden party at France’s Chateau de Groussay thanks to AD special projects editor Bronson van Wyck.

and designer gave diners a taste of Rio de Janeiro with their exquisite 3-dimensional tapestry entitled Branching Out.

It may have been snowing outside but ‘s booth was already flourishing with an elegant garden scene built around the bold blooms of her new Paper Muse wallpaper collection.

A Twist to the Contemporary

Concrete isn’t the first material we think of when it comes to dining, but made it work with their abstract tablescape inspired by the Brutalist movement.

Echo’s voyeuristic display invited guests to spy on a couple living in a world splashed with the pink pattern of their of wallpapers and fabrics.

stepped away from their usual canvas – our nails – to present this red carpet moment designed by .

+ ‘s Outside|Inside table pulled us into the modern backyard patio party we’ve always wanted to be invited to.

This futuristic sushi shop scene by students Emma Sawry, Alexandra Sobolewski, Sun Woong Youm and Zhaoxu Vince Tong under the guidance of faculty advisor Rene B. Estacio and mentor Brad Ford was a “clear” standout with its ultra-minimalist, light-as-air accoutrements.

Blast from the Past

took us on a journey along the fabled Silk Road connecting the East and the West to debut their new porcelain line “VOYAGE EN IKAT”.

teamed up with to transport guests in the glamorous world of Marilyn Monroe with their table entitled Ode to Reflections – Invitation to the Light.

drew inspiration from the 1967 film “Casino Royale” to create a plush and sultry atmosphere for using fabrics from their collection.

Color, Art and Creativity

. enlisted to turn artist ‘s Neo- Expressionist paintings of exotic animals and tropical plant life into unique fabrics, wallpapers, and carpets to adorn their space.

invited guests to leave their mark on their space by sketching and writing on the many pieces of paper folded that made up its tabletop decor.

sent a powerful message about AIDS and HIV awareness with an eclectic, mismatched table designed by students NI-Tsia Cheong, Mariko Higashiyama, Natalie Minott and Mariana Rocha under mentor Elizabeth Bolognino.

painted their tablescape (literally) in a rainbow of hues from their signature paint collection.

enlisted designer Stephen Burks to whisk diners away to a cabana-like setting on the beach built around their comfy Traveler chair.

® made it rain (or at least simulated the hydrologic cycle) at their pristine white booth with fluffy clouds and the soothing sounds of a summer storm.

Designer used ’ Remember Houndstooth fabric to create a memorable environment that’s black and white and colorful all over.

You might mistake ‘s booth to be bland at first, but take a closer look and you’ll see it’s a tantalizing study in tangerine.

This year’s Dining by Design event raised $750,000 for the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) organization to be used towards their work providing care for those impacted by the disease.


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