7 Elements We Love From Michael Tavano’s “Garden Of Happiness”

For this year’s Retail Renaissance: NY NOW show, designer Michael Tavano is exploring how interiors that incorporate elements of nature can spark joy. In his dining room scape, “The Garden of Happiness,” a careful curation of furniture, finishes, and accessories come together to create an experiential dream world focusing on the trending concept of Biophilic Design.

“I’ve based my entire design practice on a belief that interiors can create happiness,” says Tavano. “Turns out, science agrees.”

See seven of the design elements that anchor this immersive space.

Photo via Instagram.

A massive, heirloom-quality ‘Drip’ dining table appears to float in mid-air thanks to its polished acrylic base, while one end curves downward in a Dali-esque fashion as if melting into the floor. The maker, Ben Rioux, is a former chef turned woodworker, who also honored Tavano’s request to “Louboutin” the underside of the Acacia wood table in a sizzling lemon-zest yellow lacquer.

Photo via Instagram.

Armed with Tavano’s vision, The Alpha Workshops adorned the exterior walls with bespoke hand-painted wall murals of semi-abstract botanicals in a refreshing mint-and snow palette.

Photo via Instagram.

A special edition bronze garden sculpture, Daphne by Michael Aram at 98 inches tall, adds drama in weighty proportion. Aram says it, “embodies the connection of mankind to nature.”

Photo via Instagram.

Instagram sensation and designer go-to resource PaperMint Paris sent a dramatic black and white ‘Toscane’ wallpaper mural, which Tavano nestled into arched faux-doorways, hinting that the property might just overlook a Tuscan landscape. The mural was the main jumping-off point for the unusual black, white and mint color scheme.

The table itself features a number of design elements from Kim Seybert, including  “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.

These over-scaled Scrolling English Wing Chairs are Tavano’s own design, which he custom-upholstered for this space in a dining-room-friendly white Crypton Home fabric with playful yellow patent leather piping.

A Mannara Mirror by Farrago Design acts as the magical reflecting pool in the Garden. Each Mannara Mirror frame is individually sand-cast and hand-poured into a custom mold that can only be used once, so every sculptural piece is unique. Using this method, aluminum becomes as dynamic as water.

“The Garden of Happiness” is one of four “Transcend” concepts by top designers featured at this year’s summer market. In bringing these elements together for this design, Tavano was awarded IDS: Best In Show, Furniture, for the Michael Tavano Design Scrolling English Wing Chair, IFDA: Best in Show, Most Creative for The Garden of Happiness, and IFDA: Best in show, Furniture for the From Chef to Table bespoke ‘Drip’ dining table.

See the Garden for yourself at NY Now, booth 3714, until August 14th.

Like what you see? Check out this article from our archives, on the Evolution of Biophilia.

Facebook Comments
No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME is seeker and storyteller of the sublime in living. It is a global guide to in-depth and varied views of beauty and shelter that stirs imagination; that delights and inspires homeowners as well as art and design doyens. Collaborating with emergent and eminent architects, artisans, designers, developers and tastemakers, ASPIRE creates captivating content that savors the subjects and transports with stunning imagery and clever, thought-provoking writing. Through lush and unique visuals and a fresh editorial lens, ASPIRE explores what is new and undiscovered in art, interiors, design, culture, real estate, travel and more. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME is an international narrative and resource for all seeking the sublime.