Garden of earthly delights
“The element of surprise is essential to creating a memorable scene,” explains David Stark. “I always like to challenge people’s expectations of what a table setting is supposed to look like.” Taking cues from Valentino’s exquisite pre-fall line (which was, in turn, inspired by Botticelli’s masterpiece La Primavera), Stark and his colleague Corrie Hogg created a whimsical display of feminine florals and delicate details. Together, the pair crafted a centerpiece of custom crepe paper flowers and foliage—poppies, daisies, cherry blossoms, and clover. To further evoke the dreamy spirit of Valentino’s collection, the designers tossed in an assortment of glistening details: sheer silver organza layered over a deep charcoal cotton tablecloth, glasses engraved with butterflies, and goldplated cutlery. “The scene has a magical quality,” says Stark. “And for at least the duration of the party, we can usher our guests into a fantasy.”
To balance the soft femininity of the paper flowers, Stark chose china with deeply saturated colors.
GLASS balloon double painted
butterfly by Lobmeyr $295 marchsf.com
GOBLET Fat Glass in amethyst by Canvas $11.50 domino.com/fall15