A black and white reception at NYC's National Academy Museum suits its splendid surroundings.

The Lap of Luxury

When crafting a reception in New York City’s revered national academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, we couldn’t help but be inspired by the sumptuous space. To create a soiree worthy of its elegant environment, we teamed up with event designer Meredith Waga-Perez, owner of Belle Fleur. First, we selected a dramatic black and white color scheme—the powerful contrast suggests strength and clarity, says Waga-Perez, and of course, lends a level of formality. From the crown molding and crystal chandeliers to the checkered floor, the museum’s lavish interior demands a level of opulence. Here, we blended classic and contemporary forms on the tables to strike a stunning balance of softness and starkness. The graphic damask pattern on the tablecloths, from The Silk Trading Co., silktrading.com, sets a dressy tone, while black silk taffeta chair covers with sequined backs and skirted bottoms, available through Belle Fleur, bellefleurny.com, have a haute couture quality.

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