Inspired by booth sponsor W Hotel’s new lobby, interior designer
Meichi Peng’s team created a dining area (page 95) that combines
modern sensibilities with natural materials. Peng draped filmy
sheer fabric over the structure for an intimate ambience. On the
room’s perimeter, a channel of white river stones mimics the
curvilinear dining plates, and injects Zen-like calm. “It’s about the
contrast between the pergola structure, the metal mesh drapery,
and the natural elements of white river rock and natural moss
offseting the wood table and glass accessories,” says Jeff Osborne,
designer at Meichi Peng Studio.
motif: In the center of the table, fluttering aubergine
paper butterflies burst forth from three glass cylinders.
The butterflies are the signature emblem of W Hotel,
but they also personify resurrection. The Greek word for “butterfly”
is psyche, which translates to soul, making the insect a spirited
place setting: Oblong ceramic dishes are topped with
chopsticks and a soy-sauce bowl (the vessels are playfully filled
with moss). The standouts on this simple table, however, are the
clever coasters Peng’s team made using granite salvaged from
construction at the W Hotel.
Interior designer Charles Fletcher took his design cues (page 94)
from booth sponsor Online-Buddies.com, a gay social networking
website. “There are mirrors on three walls and hanging on the long
wall of the room is a row of empty gilded picture frames, all
painted the same color — an exploration of voyeurism and how we
frame ourselves online,” says Fletcher. Custom bronze silk runners
crisscross the table. Fletcher then piled leaves and branches into a
festive centerpiece. Sterling flatware picks up on the gray hues of
the picture frames, bringing the tonal design full circle.
motif: The overall color pairing in Fletcher’s dining area
is orange and gray. More than just a sophisticated palette,
the two shades symbolize darkness and light; in Native
American traditions, gray signifies friendship, while
orange marks kinship. Together, the hues make for a
warm, welcoming environment.
place setting: Stacking unusual chargers, plates, and salad
bowls makes a table dynamic. Fletcher topped a gold-rimmed
orange charger by William Yeoward with a black fluted porcelain
salad bowl by Royal Copenhagen. A grapefruit-sized gold bowl
with a scallop edge finishes the eclectic setting.