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Michael Tavano Design Garden of Happiness

The Garden of Happiness: Exploring Biophilic Design

At NY NOW August 11 - 14, 2019, Michael Tavano Design and a who's who of tabletop and furniture makers explored how interiors that incorporate elements of nature can create human happiness. Over 25,000 retailers, press and designers attended Retail Renaissance NY NOW. An experiential dream world 'The Garden of Happiness' focuses on the trending concept of Biophilic Design. It's one of four “Transcend” concepts by top designers featured at the summer market held at NYC’s Jacob Javits Center. Says Michael, “I’ve based my entire design practice on a belief that interiors can create happiness. Turns out, science agrees.” Specifically, the theory of Biophilia, which posits that elements of nature brought into interiors can enhance wellness and well-being.

Michael finds he’s happiest when designing “Spaces where people gather, rooms designed for community, connection and yes, feasts – for all the senses.” At NY NOW he created a fantasy entertaining space where a dining room magically morphs from its indoor setting into an outdoor garden. The feeling is "fun, modern and elegant,” says Michael. Living garden botanicals abound, and mixed in throughout, the latest in table top decor is abloom. Dream-like imagery and art of animals, botanicals and forests also play a role.

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WHO'S AT MICHAEL'S TABLE?

Here's your take-home resource guide to the Garden of Happiness designs, identified in the manner of a botanical garden. Well, sort of.

TABILUS LIVEEDGICA: @fromcheftotable

From Chef to Table: Matte waxed Golden Acacia and polished acrylic "Drip" table by Ben Rioux, who also custom lacquered the underside of this table, its sole, if you will, a la Louboutin, in a lemon zest yellow glossy lacquer. Just for us.

MURALIS GORGEOUSA: @papermint_paris

PaperMint Paris: Wallpaper Mural 'Toscane'. Customizable.

PLATUS CHARGIERI: @vistaalegreofficial

Vista Alegre: Charger plate: 'Picassiette' by Christian LaCroix. Porcelain mosaic on biscuit, Gaudi-style. LaCroix, sweetie. Darling, LaCroix.

ARAM ENTERTAINSUS: @michaelaram

Gotham White porcelain dinner and salad plates.

CRYSTALLUS COOLIO: @arbitercollection

Arbiter: 'Meandro' Italian handcrafted crystal tumblers by Egizia. The classical greek Key motif originates from the form of a meandering river. In 24k gold and 980 silver over crystal.

SHARPUS CUTLERI: @sabre.paris

Sabre Paris: Bistrot Dune Ivoire flatware in 18/10 Stainless Steel and acrylic.

TABILUS BESTEST: @kimseybert

Kim Seybert: 'Molten' chargers in Gold, 'Paillette' tumblers in Frost, 'Vague' stemware in White, 'Mesa' embroidered linen napkins in natural/sage, and 'Round Bamboo' placemats in White.

GLEAMUS OBJECTI: @bungalow5

Bunglaow 5: 'Hawthorne' catchall footed trays in polished brass. Set of 3.

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WHO'S IN MICHAEL'S GARDEN?

SCULPTUS MAXIMUS: @michaelaram

Special edition 'Daphne' garden sculpture by Michael Aram. Bronze.

SNUGGLUS UPINIT: @michaeltavano (chair) @cryptonfabric (upholstery)

Michael Tavano Design: NY NOW IFDA BEST IN SHOW WINNER Michael Tavano's Scrolling English WIng Chair is availalble to order from Michael, just contact us. We upholstered it in a dining-room-friendly Crypton Home fabric called Hyde Snow, because we wanted white, with yellow patent leather piping.

TABILUS FAULOUS: @farragodesign

Farrago Design: Tabla Table. An occasional table for every occasion. Natural wood with camel bone inlay. Handcrafted.

MURALIS GORGEOUSA: @papermint_paris

PaperMint Paris: Wallpaper Mural 'Toscane'. Customizable.

TABILUS LIVEEDGICA: @fromcheftotable

From Chef to Table: Matte waxed Golden Acacia and polished acrylic "Drip" table by Ben Rioux, who also custom lacquered the underside of this table, its sole, if you will, a la Louboutin, in a lemon zest yellow glossy lacquer. Just for us.

FLOORIS COVERUS: @obeetee

Obeetee: Rugs from the Abraham and Thakore collection and the Azhan collection continue our black and white and botanical-all-over theme.

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SOME STOPS ON MICHAEL'S GARDEN PATH

Popping up, here and there: the latest in furnishings and tabletop, inspired by nature.

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who's on Michael's BAR CART?

COCKTAILUS MOBILI: @bungalow5

Bungalow 5: Jepson Bar Cart. Inspired by a French Modern design. Glass and gold-leafed steel. Handcrafted.

OVUM OVALE: @lilyjulietcolor

Lily Juliet: Oval caviar server. Sustainable shell and resin design in 11 colors. Featured in celadon. (Spoons by Michael Aram).

CRYSTALLIS COOLIO: @arbitercollection

Arbiter Collection: 'Meandro' crystal collection. Did you know that the classical Greek Key motif originates from the winding path of a meandering river? Thus a geometric is also Biophilic. Crystal, 24k gold, 980/100 silver by Egizia. Also from Arbiter/Egizia: 'Tailor' collection herringbone bedside carafe set (also great on the bar!), bottle opener, large vase and vodka set with silver tray.

NAPKINUS PETITUM: @kimseybert

Kim Seybert: 'Spectrum' colorful cocktail napkins. Cotton/jute/rayon.

MORE MORE MORE Keep checking in as we add all the lovely things from the Garden of Happiness! Michael thanks all of the amazing and talented designers and brands from around the globe who participated in his Biophilic exhibit at NY NOW!