SPRING FEVER IS IN THE AIR AT LENOX HILL!

by Marisa Marcantonio

Warm days are here and with that comes Spring Fever, the theme of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's annual benefit where tippity top interior designers create glorious tables to celebrate the harbinger of spring. This year, honorary chairs Bunny Williams and John Rosselli gathered 45 designers to set tables decked out in spring finery at Cipriani 42nd Street. What a stellar year- creative genius was out in force.
Enjoy the floral festiveness!

All photos courtesy of Roberto Ricci and Marco Ricca for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Elizabeth Pyne's Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah had a canopy of flowers overhead, created by Botanica Inc

A tablecloth made from Quadrille's new Tulips pink and green print added to the garden esprit

Lindsey Coral Harper celebrated Bright Lights Big City with her Lamshop designs and fabric by Lulu DK

A joyful balloon-like multicolored ball of flowers by Sebastian Li Designs blew the lid off

A closer look at the technicolor dream

Allison Hennessy captured Little Thatch Nights

The table was inspired by an umbrella I had shown on Stylebeat that she purchased from The Indian Garden Company. She shared, "I wanted to pair the neutral large patterned umbrella with a smaller colored print and that's where the Duralee printed table cloth came from. The simple green grasses and accents were inspired by an arrangement by Colin Cowie in his book Wedding Chic."

Ashley Whittaker's In Bloem with divine flowers arranged by Emerson Merrick

Lush lush lush, love

Pagoda Red, from Chicago with The Orient Expressed, inspired by China’s garden city, Suzhou

A vintage ceramic garden pagoda enlivened the center of the table

Donald Schermerhorn paired aqua and pink

Charming

David Duncan Set Sail for Spring with his table that included a centerpiece inspired by Serge Roche

Icy blue and gray

Dennis Rolland created magic with Imperial Garden Fête

A pagoda from Two Worlds Arts soared towards the ceiling

Alessandra Branca's heavenly table, Harbour Island. Are there words to describe the beauty? No.

A Les Indiennes fabric tied the red and white scheme together

Leta Austin Foster's Springtime in the Serengeti with a Christopher Cope topiary giraffe as the centerpiece

A kicky watercolor stripe zebra fabric added a dash of green and white

Thomas Burak Interiors and Michael Devine channeled A Spring Day in the Garden

Oh the flowering branches!

Potted white geraniums looked charmingly fresh next to Michael's pretty pretty fabric

Jon Call's Midnight Garden

Love the natural wood with eggplant and blue

Christopher Spitzmiller with Ten Swans a Singing

The antique ceramic swan looks very lifelike. Last year P. Allen Smith used a taxidermy swan, I see a trend here...

Blogger and my favorite bon vivant Nick Olsen created The Cult of Persephone

A riot of color, a signature Nick touch

Serene and cool, Marchesa's Lenox table dressed in white

ALBERTO PINTO SETS THE TABLE AND C'EST MAGNIFIQUE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of Rizzoli
C'est magnifique! With clients and projects spanning the globe, Alberto Pinto knows a thing or two about entertaining, setting the table for entertaining in the most glamorous way possible, and creating and setting a scene for the creme de la creme to fete in fabulous settings. His latest book Alberto Pinto: Tablesettings from Rizzoli takes us to these glam environs to ooh and ahh, making us want to be there too.

A woodland table set for a fall feast with porcelain mushrooms and greenery to match his hand-painted porcelain plates.

Cheery brightly colored plates in citrus, lime, fuschia, blue and red capture the colors of summer in a festive lunch.

Ah, this looks good at this time of year. If you find yourself in a villa in Cap Ferrat, this is how you want to have lunch. A table in the colors of sea and sky are tied in to the orchids to the stemware.

With Moorish flair, red and orange roses coordinate with a Turkish floral tablecloth, red stemware and handmade plates.

Alberto Pinto's porcelain tabletop collection debuted a few years ago, and I just can't get enough of it. The diversity of patterns and colors provide an elegant option for every type of entertaining. Fluttering birds, Chinoiserie motifs, floral designs, themes from nature and beyond make their home on his china. Handpainted in France, the fine art of Limoges porcelain is alive and well. Here is a look at my favorites.

The scenic of a charming pagoda folly done in a painterly way is the appeal of Vieux Kyoto on a butter plate.

Envision a French woodland scene with faux bois border and exotic mushrooms on Sous Bois.

J'adore this series of mushroom dinner plates, they are my absolute favorite. From Devine Corporation.

Channeling Russian expressionists like Kandinsky , Renouveau Russe has an energetic verve from bright dabs of color.

A vermicelli-like wave border on the Mer Turquoise Buffet Plate has a certain joie de vivre that reflects the sun, sea and sand of a day in the south of France.

A strong yellow ground is the perfect foil for a Parrot in a gilded birdcage called Les Peroquettes.

A delicately painted naif bird dons the Envol Dinner Plate with a thin gold border.

A curved edge with blue border provide the frame for blooming flowers in a blue and fuschia dinner plate pattern called Compagnie Des Indes.

A flute player and vegetation are placed in the center of this Chinoiserie Buffet plate. The dynamic border is a beautiful detail.

Their Chinoiserie dessert plate with hot pink and gold accents.


Belle Saisons Dinner Plate in Winter from Devine Corporation with a ring of winter blooms around the scallop border.