Behind the Scenes

I was asked by French cosmetic company Cle De Peau, a daughter company of beauty giant Shiseido Corporation, to create an otherworldly garden environment debuting their Fall/Winter 2010 Color Collection, full of rich jewel tones and bright natural neutrals. As an added request, they asked that we influence our design around their emblem: a single butterfly. The client wanted to develop a space that would leave guests with a jaw-dropping environmental experience.

My team and I brainstormed some different ways we could incorporate the butterfly into a specifically garden space. In the end, I decided to create a table top and canopy that reflected the flight and flutter of the butterfly; beautiful in its variety of colors and size, the butterfly can instill a sense of magic in its viewer.

It was this magic that I hoped to mimic in my table top. By developing each place setting individually, I was able to give each guest their own unique experience. Colors, textures and accessories creatively fluttered around a base table setting. It was as if the table setting itself was emerging a breath of life. The final product was a majestic community-style table setting that provided a unique and intimate conversation for each guest.

As a special gift, guests were given one-of-a-kind necklaces from London-based designer Tara Turner, a close friend of Cle De Peau Creative Director, Lucia Pieroni.

This event won the 2010 BizBash New York Event Style Award for Best Centerpiece/Tabletop Decor.

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