The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is set to host A Spring Affair, the annual gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, April 9. The evening will feature 50 tables—each decorated by a different, renowned designer—and will honor Thomas J. Edelman, the long-time Neighborhood House Board President.
This year’s design chairs include VERANDA magazine's Editor-in-Chief Clinton Smith, VERANDA magazine's Design and Decoration Editor Carolyn Englefield, antiques dealer David Duncan, interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper and ceramic artist Christopher Spitzmiller.
Below is a sneak peek at the table displays from a few of the desginers:
Alessandra Branca's table inspiration
“I am reinterpreting my table that is featured in this month’s House Beautiful. It is a fun, relaxed fantasy that plays with Chinoiserie and stripes and spring colors including fuchsia and Prussian blue. We will be showing our dishes and chargers as well.”—Alessandra Branca
"I am having a blast designing my table, which is in tribute to my good friend Mario Buatta. I'm calling it 'Mario Buatta: the Prince of Fun and Chintz' and it will feature a life-size cut-out of the man himself along with certain—shall we say unusual—accessories as an homage to his rather unique sense of humor. I'm using a classic Stark chintz and big bursts of color. My goal with the design is to make people smile just like Mario does."—Andrea Stark
Inspiration for David Duncan's table display
“Inspired by the vibrant pink city of Jaipur, I am designing a table around a winged wooden horse with mirrored mosaic from Rajasthan, which is the centerpiece of the exuberant display of color and pattern. The bright colors are symbolic of the festival of Holi, which celebrates the arrival of spring, color and love.”—David Duncan
Sneak peek of Nicole Gibbon's table for Stark
“I’m excited to be collaborating with Stark to design a table for this year’s gala. Fashion is a huge influence for me and the palette for my table design was inspired by the graphic black and white patterns and pops of pink in Balmain’s spring ad campaign. I’m using a black and white printed fabric from Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection for Leliévre as the foundation for my table.”—Nicole Gibbons
“Our table is entitled ‘A Spring Affair to Remember.’ The concept is to incorporate certain visual cues from the timeless Cary Grant classic while still having an exuberant feeling of spring. Every year, and especially emerging from this harsh, endless winter, I look forward to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala because it is a wonderful opportunity to have fun with spring flowers and create a cheerful scene for wonderful cause.”—Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield, Inc.
Sneak peek of Lindsey Coral Harper's design choices
“Who better for a whimsical tabletop inspiration than Tony Duquette?! ‘More is More’ is my concept as I believe Mr. Duquette had just as much fun setting his table as he did at his fabulous dinner parties!”—Lindsey Coral Harper
“My lively springtime tablescape features a Peter Dunham blue and green ikat tablecloth paired with dot patterned Quadrille seat cushions. The centerpiece is a vintage faux painted pagoda plant stand decorated with blue and white Chinese porcelain filled with garden roses. Brass candlesticks, napkin rings and accessories lend a contemporary 70's flair.”—Allison Hennessy
Other participating designers include Kathy Abbott Interiors, Sam Allen Interiors, Studio Alta + Eskayel, Aparicio + Associates, Julia B. Couture Linens, Leslie Banker for Pamela Bankers Associates, Lilly Bunn Inc., Renny & Reed, Nina Campbell for Asprey, Keith Carroll, L'Atelier Rouge, Nicolas Congrel, Caroline Bailly, Oscar de la Renta, John Douglas Eason Interiors, McMillen Inc., Rebecca Gardner, Houses and Parties, Creel and Gow, Hernandez Greene, Mixed Greens Event Design, Scott Guthrie Inc., Byron C. James for House of Oasis, Libby Langdon, Edward Lobrano Interior Design Inc., Danielle Mastrangelo and Jessica Stambaugh for Decorative Traces, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath of GBGPDesign, Jennifer Mehditash, Patrick Mele, Charles Pavarini lll Design Associates Inc., Connie Plaissay for Plaza Flowers, Andrew Racquet, Fernando Santangelo, Schoeller + Darling Design, Christopher Spitzmiller Inc., de Gournay, Varner Interior Design LLC, Lowy Framing and Restoration Company, Villalobos Desio and Ashley Whittaker Design.
The evening will include a press preview and cocktails at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:30 p.m., a live auction and dancing. Tickets can be purchased via email.
Since 1894, the Neighborhood House has served those in need who live, work or attend school on the Upper East Side. It provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year.