Last week marked the fashion week for tabletop – an opportunity for the best names in dinnerware and entertaining to share their newest collections and intelligent innovations at 41 Madison.
Although not as large of an affair as the real New York Fashion Week, the opening of showrooms at 41 Madison gets me really excited. Here are the highlights and best of the best of all twenty-seven floors.
But the REAL pinnacle of the show was a generous invite by Villeroy & Boch for a celebratory luncheon for the launch of their new collection Pasta Passion. As an Italian at heart, I could not have been more thrilled to learn and eat off of plates designed to celebrate the consumption of pasta!
Isabelle Von Boch, an eighth-generation family member (Villeroy & Boch still remains a family-run company), walked us through the collection of various dinnerware and serving platters, pinpointing intelligent design features, versatility and practicality.
Mrs. Von Boch's brief speech on the new Pasta Passion collection, the legacy of her family’s business and the future of entertaining, was immensely inspirational. She was incredibly personable, remembering all guests names and making a point to relate to everyone in a little way.
It seemed as though we were cut from the same cloth – she is electrified by the art of creating beautiful tabletops and said that “creating ambiance is a creating a way of life.” She urged guests to enjoy quality in the everyday – that rather than spending fortunes on china used once a year, to splurge on the everyday.
After a brief explanation, we sat down to a two-course pasta lunch (on a Friday, what could have been any better than vegetable rotini and pesto linguini?).
I left the 41 Madison building with a cosmic grin, a full tummy and vast amounts of inspiration (oh, and an even more fervent desire for a large linen/china closet) – what a wonderful way to begin the weekend.
Thank you 41 Madison and Villeroy & Boch for such a lovely day!