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  • A Mod Summer Table Sets the Tone for a VIP Event

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • A Mod Summer Table Sets the Tone for a VIP Event

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • A Mod Summer Table Sets the Tone for a VIP Event

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

Rizzo skillfully sets dinner plates, boldly adorned with stark geometric patterns, upon a luxurious tablecloth featuring a subtle organic, leafy print. Simple matte, long-stemmed gold flatware frames each setting and leads the eye to the vintage water glasses etched with medallion-like patterns, reflecting the curvilinear lines of the tablecloth.

Continuing towards the center of the table, you’ll see a tall arrangement of branches, hand-wired with blush anemones, creating a fantasy dogwood. Surrounding the fantasy dogwood are sprigs of quince plum blooms placed in small bottle-like vases that carry a geometric pattern similar to that of the dinnerware.

“The grandness of the space begs for a simple table as an overly designed table would get lost here,” says Rizzo.

In England tea time is a right of passage, but here in the U.S., enjoying tea with friends or family is often reserved for special occasions.

Luckily, Pennsylvania is flush with tea rooms serving up everything from simple cream teas to delectable sandwiches, pastries and savory treats.

These tea rooms invite guests to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy a few hours sipping tea and enjoying the company of colleagues.

 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program. More than 30 years old, it has supported the creation of 4,000 public art pieces that have transformed public spaces and helped the city earn the nickname “City of Murals.” Decorating facades of buildings in neighborhoods throughout the city, the organization even offers mural tours (our own Maureen Hennessey experienced one last year). Now, the organization has announced something new and exciting – a 10-episode radio broadcast starting with a large-scale performance on Independence Mall.

 

This museum promises to share a story that is not quite the one we learned in school. George Washington does indeed make an appearance—you can see the tent that he used as his headquarters in an interactive exhibit—but Museum of the American Revolution promises to tell a tale that is lesser known. From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the formation of the United States, its mission is to tell the story of everyone from slaves and Native Americans to women who took up arms to fight for the cause.