Lalique and Galerie Host an Elegant Dinner Celebrating Exceptional Design
Galerie editor in chief Jacqueline Terrebonne and CEO of Lalique North America James Mun recently hosted a dinner where Galerie invited designers Sara Story, Christine Van Deusen, Alyssa Kapito, and Josh Greene to create elegant table settings using Lalique crystal. The intimate evening celebrating exceptional design was held at 555 West End Avenue, a stunning landmarked Beaux-Arts residential building on the Upper West Side. Each of the designers interpreted the elegance of the Lalique brand through the lens of their contemporary design sense.
Popular motifs of the crystal house including swallows, frogs, and fish were a jumping off point for Sara Story to develop a “fantasy terrarium” for her table. “I became quite taken with the whimsical items representing forest and sea,” she says. “To me there is nothing more ‘exceptional’ than Mother Nature!” Lalique pieces included the Gregoire Frogs in Gold Lustre, Grey Swallow Knife-Rest Sculpture pieces, as well as the Poissons Combattants Vases in blue. Floral atelier L’Olivier outfitted the breathtaking crystal vessel with an assortment of florals, fruits, and earthy branches for the centerpiece.
Christine Van Deusen took her inspiration from the artistry of the brand’s namesake, René Lalique. Van Deusen had custom linens by Cristina Azario hand-painted by artist and jewelry maker Laura Lobdell with images inspired by Lalique’s original jewelry drawings. Even the table’s centerpiece a vintage 1970’s gilded bronze and crystal centerpiece created in collaboration with Cartier and French Surrealist sculptor Claude Boeltz, which was on loan from antiques store The End of History, tied into Lalique’s early years as an independent designer for Cartier in the late 1800s.
Josh Greene’s creative process started closer to home. Over the generations, his family has collected vintage Imari porcelain from Royal Crown Derby, and he set the table with his personal trove of the richly colored pattern atop bold linens by Zak+Fox. The Lalique Languedoc Grand Vase filled with fall berries was a majestic final touch.
The splendor of ancient Alexandria was the inspiration for Alyssa Kapito’s table. She swathed her table in Pierre Frey’s Alexandrie fabric and tapped floral designer Tom Borgese to create an exuberant palm frond centerpiece for the Lalique Anemone Grand vase. Smaller Ombelles vases filled with tropical florals encircled the display.
Beyond the elegant table installations, guests previewed the Lalique’s Spring/Summer 2020 Collections, including jewelry and home accessory pieces, and were able to take in the wonderful natural light and gracious floor plan of the residence. Designed by Tamarkin Co., 555 West End Avenue was once a private school that has now been transformed into 13 one-of-a-kind residences, and one of the unique homes even features architectural traces of the top-floor gymnasium.
Below, see more of the photos from the beautiful event: