Thank you Michele Safra for sending in this gorgeous and exotic table designed in honor of Mario Buatta! Michele, a native of Milan, was greatly influenced by her mother, an interior designer who fashioned homes in in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Monte Carlo. Michele later earned her degree from the New York School of Interior Design and soon founded her company, Michele Safra Interiors.
An Exotic Table designed by Michele Safra in honor of Mario Buatta at the Metropolitan Club in NYC
“The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), the beneficiary of the AVENUE SHOWS Antiques and Art at the Armory, held an Opening Night Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Club honoring Mario Buatta on March 9, 2011. For this special event, NYSID granted us the opportunity to design one table inspired by elements of Mario Buatta’s designs.
As our theme we chose: “Prince of Chintz Mario Buatta loves Chinoiserie”.
Mario Buatta, dubbed the “Prince of Chintz” repeatedly uses Chinoiserie in his decorations, be it in screens, pieces of furniture or objects. Our fabric for the overlay of the tablecloth is chintz in a charcoal color. The original source for its design is a Chinoiserie toile printed in France CA. 1786.
Our choice of color was influenced by one of Mario Buatta’s sentences: ” People are often afraid to go dark, but once we have once we have pushed them to the other side they never regret it.”
To offset the charcoal we placed and underlay gold silk and two important Ormolu Empire candelabras. A pair of 18th century Dutch tole chestnut urns of japanned with gilt decoration of flowers and foliage on a black ground all contribute to the Chinoiserie theme.
A striking arrangement of orange Fritillaria Imperials and Orchids Oncydium mini all from Japan were woven together with corail Fire Cracker from Holland. This added vivid color, vibrancy, and a touch of exoticism”
More about Michele…
A native of Milan, Michele Safra was virtually swaddled in Fortuny and Dupioni silks at birth, thanks to her mother, an interior designer. Branded as the brainy one in the family, young Michele was pushed to become a financial advisor. But, even as she studied voraciously and excelled in the world of numbers, Michele was busy absorbing the world of beauty, learning how to fashion homes in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Monte Carlo at her mother’s side. Even though her financial career was on the fast track, Michele heard the irresistible call of her artistic muse. Throwing caution to the wind, she dared to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She turned her sights to design, earning her degree from the New York School of Interior Design and soon founding her company, Michele Safra Interiors.
Michele’s artistic roots, global upbringing, and financial expertise give her a distinctive blend of creative, cultural and business sense that’s not often found in the design world. An allied member of ASID, Michele has developed an international clientele for both residential and commercial projects. When she isn’t scouring European flea markets and exclusive showrooms, she can be found doting on her family in New York City. With a multicultural background and a flair for the eclectic, contemporary, and timeless, Michele Safra is dedicated to helping clients create beautiful spaces that resonate with their own unique spirit.