January 8, 2018
Style Library Helps Outfit The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Bash
Last November, The American Cancer Society raised more than $500,000 including a $100,000 donation from Drs. Martin and Dorothy Spatz Charitable Foundation to support Hope Lodge.
by New York Spaces
Hope Lodge NYC, is a 60-room facility located on W. 32 St. between Penn Station and Greeley Square Park, providing no-cost housing to cancer patients and their primary caregivers from all over the world. The location in Manhattan allows access to some of the best cancer care facilities in the world and clinical trials that are not available anywhere else. Since opening in 2007, Hope Lodge NYC has provided over 158,155 nights of free lodging to more than 17,050 guests—resulting in a combined savings of over $55 million for cancer patients and their families.
The Bash, spearheaded by the renowned interior design team at Décor by Guillaume Gentet, presented a unique dining experience, musical performance and live auction for approximately 300 guests surrounded by tablescapes designed by twenty-nine top interior designers. All event proceeds benefit American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge NYC.
Style Library was honored to partner with five talented, New York designers who donated their time and creativity to design inspiring tablescapes and celebrate Hope Lodge's 10th Birthday.
Cancer is a humbling disease but with 100 yards of fabric from different lines within Style Library (Anthology, Harlequin, Scion, Zoffany, Sanderson & Morris Co.), the designers enveloped guests in ornate, whimsical, delicate and fresh environments.
These designers created inspiring tablescapes to raise money for the inspiring patients and their caregivers who are accommodated at Hope Lodge. The tables captured the essence of the human spirit to overcome adversity and disease. They embody hope and beauty and are a wonderful way to inspire us whenever you want to entertain.
I regularly design tablescapes for clients who host intimate dinners at home. In Manhattan, entertaining is a particularly special event. With world-class restaurants on every corner, sharing a meal at home is distinctively personal so I like to create tablescapes that communicate intimacy and a rich family history. I communicate these themes through a layered approach, mixing metals, fabrics and textures. For Hope Lodge, I layered Anthology fabrics in contrasting matte and shine, golds and pewters, linear patterns and abstract swirls. On top, vintage brass candelabras were repurposed as floral centerpieces and flanked by vintage pewter goblets. This layered approach mimics the kind of assortment of treasures you might find in your own home. Bring them all out to play when you entertain.
My overall concept for the design for Hope Lodge Birthday Bash was to celebrate the peacock, as the peacock symbolizes eternal life, prosperity, beauty and grace. The peacock sits perched on the open cage so that he can show how beautiful he truly is.
When I was presented with the theme for this year's event, I immediately wanted to play up the 10th birthday concept and was inspired to decorate our table in a celebratory manner depicting a birthday party for a young lady of 10 years old. This theme represented a joyous and youthful vision that emanated hope for life and the future. People living with cancer have their life and future to fight for. The fabrics selected from the Scion Fabrics collection all reflect happiness and brightness. Their graphic quality and bold colors all represent a fresh and positive approach that supported my childlike theme.
We had the vision of a classic blue and white tablescape with beautiful white flowers. We were thrilled when we saw the gorgeous blue and white floral Sanderson Mandarin Flowers fabric for our tablecloth. It was the perfect starting point to our table design. Sanderson describes the fabric as imitating the Chinese tradition of ink-paintings, and that motif paired perfectly with traditional blue and white ginger jars. To reflect the Birthday Bash theme, we gave everyone at the table their very own small ginger jar.
I wanted to design a table very soothing to the eye, mixing different blue and white patterns. The Morris & Co. fabric was the perfect element to complement the dishes and vases. It had these gorgeous blue swans that made the table elegant.
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