In bloom


At the sunny show­room of ac­claimed ce­ram­i­cist Christopher Spitzmiller, his boyfriend, the de­signer Sam Allen, hosted a luncheon to cel­e­brate the pub­li­ca­tion of pal Steven Stol­man’s new book, 40 Years of Fab­u­lous: The Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor Show House. Allen took its candy-pink cover (in­spired by Amanda Nis­bet’s stun­ning Posi­tano tex­tile col­lec­tion) as in­spi­ra­tion for his party’s theme, lay­er­ing in some of Spitzmiller’s mar­bleized table­ware, as well as com­ple­men­tary table­cloths from Lex­ing­ton (in a preppy pale-blue ging­ham) and Car­leton V (in a lively pais­ley pat­tern). To suit this sum­mery scene, Allen asked John Beatty—ex­ec­u­tive chef of the pop­u­lar down­town Man­hat­tan seafood eatery CATCH—TO serve up a menu of ocean-fresh nib­bles, such as let­tuce wraps filled with del­i­cately charred sea bass and skew­ers of Wagyu steak and lob­ster claw. “I love that honor­ing a dear friend al­lows you the op­por­tu­nity to beau­tify a beloved space,” says Allen, “while spend­ing time with some of your fa­vorite peo­ple.”

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