November 16, 2017
Milton De Paul of Samuel & Sons Designs a Tropical-Themed Table for this year's Hope Lodge Bash!
On Tuesday, November 7th, the 10th Annual Hope Lodge Birthday Bash took place at Guastavino's to benefit The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.
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. Milton De Paul, of Samuel & Sons, designed an eye-catching table with a vibrant tropical theme.
Milton De Paul of Samuel & Sons: Thank you! Our table was a contemporary interpretation of a tropical theme. We incorporated decorative trimmings from our Fall 2017 collections Inca and Flanders to highlight the beauty in texture when using natural materials like linen, cotton, and wood.
NYS: What were some of the design elements you most loved and that you wanted to showcase?
Milton De Paul: The linen tassel fringe on the tablecloth had the perfect artisanal feel and it drapes beautifully! Also, Danny Kaplan's ceramics, which I loved from the first time I saw them and knew they would be perfect for our table.
NYS: We love how you approached the tablecloth design. Tell us everything that went into creating it!
Milton De Paul: For the tablecloth we used raw cotton and silk fabrics. We mixed patterns for the tabletop and added the linen tassel fringe. For the bottom, we created a pleated skirt with a linen border. We also had matching chair covers using the same silk fabric and linen border from the skirt accented with two larger linen tassels.
NYS: Tell us about your floral arrangements! We thought their vibrancy went perfectly with the
Milton De Paul: I started planning the tropical theme for our table by the end of the summer and it wasn't until a couple of weeks before the Hope Lodge Bash that I realized it was probably already too cold for tropical plants and flowers in New York. Jane Packer did a fantastic job translating my original idea and created a gorgeous arrangement, plus I guess we get a little spoiled in New York because you can find pretty much anything, which hasn't been the case when I've had installs in other locations.
NYS: Every year designers rush to finish. Do you have any amusing last minute fixes to get the table ready on time?
Milton De Paul: Our workroom did a beautiful job with the box pleated tablecloth. However, it was at least 4" to 6" too big at the top and it was draping on the floor, which made the pleats look so bad! I had to rush and hand-stitch the entire top to make it leveled with the floor. It was funny because many people came by and said the "ruffle effect" I was creating looked really beautiful, and it sort of did but it was covered at the end anyway. Good thing I always carry a mini-sewing kit with me!
NYS: We love that Samuel & Sons supports Hope Lodge... what do they find important about supporting organizations such as this?
Milton De Paul: At a time when people are going through the hardest time in their lives is when they need the community the most. As a company who believes that a beautiful home brightens your every day, we are honored to contribute to these patients and families so they have a place they can call home while they battle this disease.
NYS: We were obsessed with your tabletop. How and where did you find it?
Milton De Paul: I found the fabric at a store in the garment district and fell in love with it. I sketched and planned
the table around it only to discover later on that the store only had three yards available and I needed so much more than that! But I figured it out by finding a similar fabric and mixing patterns, it ended up looking more beautiful than I expected. I sewed the entire piece myself which made it even more special.
NYS: What was the best part of the experience for you and why?
Milton De Paul: This was the first time I designed a table for a charity event and it was so great to experience the energy of all designers during installation the day of the event, as well as the support from vendors and everyone who collaborated to make this happen.
My family has been affected by cancer more than once and I've experienced how difficult the journey through treatment and recovery is. I'm very honored and grateful to be part of something that will make that journey much easier for many people and families going through thought times.
The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.
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