Gar­den of earthly de­lights

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“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

GOB­LET Fat Glass in amethyst by Can­vas $11.50

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