Guests at the ninth annual ISES Designer Showcase held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver were treated to five elaborate tablescapes, including Team Le Marche’s authentic Parisian Market that was awarded Best Overall Design.
With a theme revolving around the beauty of food, what better place to pull inspiration from than a country that views it not as a necessity, but a pleasure, an art form and a way to spend quality time with friends and loved ones.
“Food becomes a really important part of your existence in our industry,” explains Lauren Szymeczko, creative design manager at Three Tomatoes Catering and lead on the French vignette. “Food is love. Every meal should be celebrated. I wanted to portray this through my Parisian market-to-table inspiration.”
Surrounded with a set of mismatched chairs, a wooden rectangular table was topped with a burlap table runner and a unique centerpiece consisting of an array of greens, vegetables and a few white roses. Vanessa Platinum plates were selected for their vintage look.
Three tomatoes (representing the catering company) sat at the head of each plate, along with printed Kraft paper sleeve menus, which encompassed flatware and floral napkins. Taper candles were spread around the tabletop, along with three candelabras made from distressed, tarnished metal stemming out of a long centerpiece.
Focused on freshness with an emphasis on a real experience, the tablescape was staged to resemble a traditional French home. The color palette was kept very simple, allowing the produce to pop with a dynamic contrast between the green and purple vegetables.
“We wanted it to feel real, not so staged and more eclectic, as if we were in someone’s home having lunch,” says Szymeczko. “We envisioned riding our bikes through Paris, visiting a local market, gathering seasonal items and bringing our fresh findings home to the table. We even had French music playing on a record player; we wanted everything to be really alive with emphasis on simplicity.”
A crepe stand allowed for an interactive dynamic with guests, as well as bringing the vendor aspect found at many outdoor markets into play. Suspended globe string lights by Scott Hittelman of Lighting & Design by Scott, added a warm and romantic element, while a water fountain and assorted crated veggies aided in creating the outdoor market feel.
DÉCOR ‘N MORE | decornmoreinc.com | Backdrop, fountain & more
EVENT RENTS | eventrents.net | Table, chairs & tableware
ISABELLE KLINE DESIGN | isabelleklinedesign.com | Tablescape & floral
LIGHTING & DESIGN BY SCOTT | lightinganddesignbyscott.com | Lighting
THE MINDFUL BIKE | mindfulbike.com | Bicycle prop
THREE TOMATOES CATERING | threetomatoes.com | Cuisine