November 24, 2017
Arlene Angard Designs a Beautiful Table for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Bash
Interior designer Arlene Angard designed a Harlequin-inspired table—replete with Harlequin vases from Lladro—for Hope Lodge's 10 Year Benefit Bash!
by New York Spaces
The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge is the only facility in Manhattan that provides no-cost housing to cancer patients and their primary caregivers from all over the world. On Tuesday, November 7th, the 10th Annual Hope Lodge Birthday Bash took place at Guastavino's to benefit the wonderful charity. The event was co-chaired by Ron & Sandy Diamond and Guillaume Gentet & David G. Carpenter, AIA. Arlene Angard, of Arlene Angard Designs, designed a fun and flirty table inspired by the Harlequin—the comic servant that stemmed from the Italina Commedia dell'arte.
NYS: Why did you feel it was important to participate as a designer in Hope Lodge this year?
Arlene Angard: 10 years of Hope is an incredible milestone. I wanted to support and celebrate life and give to those in need by helping to raise funds for a cause like this one. Almost everyone has an immediate family member who has been touched by cancer, including myself, so I am proud to put my talents to work for this cause.
NYS: What was the theme of your table?
Arlene Angard: My table is inspired by the Harlequin character with diamond patterned tights that originated with the Italian commedia dell'arte. These comic figures have performed with flair before kings, queens and princesses, and are worldwide symbols of entertainment (at least before the proliferation of media!)
NYS: We are fascinated by your theme! What drew you to it and what kind of design elements did you incorporate into the design of the table to achieve it?
Arlene Angard: I wanted my table to resonate with the creativity, wit, and lighthearted drama typical of a Harlequin. I'm versed in classic design, but here I wanted to do something dramatic and fun to raise funds for the important work that Hope Lodge does.
In today's world of many sad moments we need to laugh to continue moving forward. I want to bring happiness and hope to my table.
I grew up occasionally watching Harlequins as entertainers. Their diamond patterned outfits always drew my attention. I have wanted to incorporate this pattern for a long time through the use of fabrics and leather.
NYS: Tell us about your rich palette. What did this color scheme do for the overall appearance of the table?
Arlene Angard: Our color palette was inspired by the idea of a Harlequin performing in an amphitheater during Medieval times: Black, gold and silver. We wanted infuse the table with the drama of the entertainer but with elegance as well—in consideration of thinking of the people they used to entertain which always included queens, kings and princesses.
The use of the diamond pattern was carried out using black fabric in a very subtle manner by Taffard for the table cloth and diamond shapes on the seat covers. The gold leather digital cut in diamond shapes by Pavoni was echoed as diamond shaped appliqués on the custom-made table cloth and napkins.
The grey silver textile with small diamonds from Taffard was used to make the custom-made napkins. I wanted diners to experience a rich palette elegantly displayed with a magical twist.
NYS: What made you choose Lladro's more modern and fantastical line to decorate your table? We loved it!
Arlene Angard: When I discovered the Harlequin vases from Lladro I immediately fell in love with them and I
envisioned them in a very monumental way with a modern and funky twist. They also have a figurine that is very funny that complements the collection. We also embraced technology in our table design with other collections by Lladro. We used their rechargeable lighting pieces—the Firefly collection— in different shapes and colors.
NYS: What are some of the other company's you sourced from?
Arlene Angard: Scully and Scully with Moser crystal colorful collection and Herend with the black and gold tableware. Others include: Maris Decorations Inc.; The Workroom for fabrication of custom-made tablecloth, napkins, and seat covers; Tiffy New York Inc. for fine stationary.
NYS: Please tell us about the florist you worked with, we were blown away!
Arlene Angard: Sahola Floral Art and event Design. It's a company that specializes in one-of-a-kind flower arrangements. They love to learn about your vision in order to make it happen. The personalized service is outstanding and Olga, the owner, makes the experience magical. I explained my theme to her and we went together to the flower market to choose all the flowers to execute the theme in a magical way.
NYS: What did you most love about the experience? Did you have a couple of favorite table designs? If so, which ones and why?
Arlene Angard: I love the energy, talent and love that everyone put into their designs. Yes, besides mine I fell in love with Eric Haydel table from Boston and his monumental horse!!! And the story behind it...
NYS: What was the experience like for you? Why would you recommend other designers participate in giving back through their work?
Arlene Angard: The experience was absolutely fabulous! The fact that you can give back and help others in need makes you work harder and use your talents to the max. It makes your work outstanding and voices your style in a unique way.
NYS: What are you working on now?
Arlene Angard: As a gallerist I have two current exhibitions on view. One is in my gallery and features the work of Puerto Rican Artist, Sebastian Vallejo. We are donating 10% of the proceeds to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund.
In terms of my interior design practice, I currently have projects in New York, Florida, and Dubai.
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