Breathtaking Table Design Exhibition

From 8 till 10 of November this stunning and perfectly organized event took place in Istanbul, Capital of Celebrations.

By: THURSD. | 24-11-2022 | 4 min read

The first annual "Table Design Exhibition - Istanbul Capital of Celebrations" has succeeded tremendously. The design standard is raised above and beyond by the stunning tables from nine astounding floral and event designers.
The Table Design Exhibition, sponsored by Karaca, was a collaboration between KM Events' Founding President, Mrs. Meltem Tepeler, and Bluechip Creative Events' Founding President, Elmas Özler. The event was supported by several companies and organizations and highlighted the Turkish Event Industry.

Table Design Exhibition

Nine world-renowned wedding designers, planners, and florists came together to create wonderful interpretations of their love for Istanbul in exquisite installations and extraordinary table setups that left exhibition visitors in awe. These fabulous designers created breathtaking table designs at Raffles Istanbul: Edgardo Zamora, Gideon Hermosa, Nadia Duran, Eddie Zaratsian, Ghada Blanco, Arturo de Noriega, Sarah Young, Meltem Tepeler, Elmas Özier, Tomas de Bruyne, and Colin Cowie. 

Group Picture With Meltem Tepeler on Thursd
All Photography by P.Taufiq

World-renowned Designers Line Up

Colin Cowie, a world-famous celebrity wedding designer who recently designed and planned Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s wedding chose a red rose theme for his royal setup to convey his love for Istanbul and created a classy and timeless table perched underneath green arches dotted with red flowers and romantic hanging candle holders.


Table Design By Colin Cowie on Thursd
Colin Cowie

Colin Cowie on Thursd

Edgardo Zamora, the designer behind Hollywood's Emmy and Oscar award ceremonies and many celebrity events, created an enchanting secret garden lush with greenery and hanging blooms. Exquisite detailing and art were brought to life in Edgardo's secret garden. 


Edgardo Zamora on Thursd
Edgardo Zamora


Eddie Zaratsian, an LA-based international floral designer who has many client celebrities including Kim Kardashian, created a chic symphony of flower arrangements and shimmering candles in white, cream, peach, and pastel hues.


Eddie Zaratsian on Thursd
Eddie Zaratsian


Belgian Tomas de Bruyne, known as one of Europe’s most famous floral designers, offers his clients around the world unique floral architectural experiences. For the Table Design Exhibition, Tomas was inspired by Istanbul's rich cultural and historical heritage and created a floral story that merges his design signature style with emblematic symbols of Istanbul. 


Tomas de Bruyne on Thursd
Tomas de Bruyne


Tomas de Bruyne and Colin Cowie on Thursd
Tomas de Bruyne and Colin Cowie 

Lebanese wedding designer, Ghada Blanco, who designed and planned several royal weddings in the Middle East, created a gorgeous Istanbul-themed table setup surrounded by green walls and hanging crystal chandeliers. The chairs, tableware, linen, and accessories delightfully reflected Turkish art and design.


Ghada Blanco on Thursd
Ghada Blanco 


Table Design Ghada Blanco on Thursd

Nadia Duran, one of the most famous wedding designers in Australia, created a vibrant stand reflecting the beautiful colors of Istanbul and its cityscape. Abundant with colorful flowers, Nadia's stand was a show stopper for visitors taking selfies and photos with this beautiful background. 


Nadia Duran on Thursd
Nadia Duran 

Nadia Duran's Table Design in Istanbul on Thursd

Gideon Hermosa, one of the most famous wedding designers of the Asian Continent, created a breathtaking table inspired by the colors and shapes of Pamukkale (a town in western Turkey known for its mineral-rich thermal waters). The Philippine-born designer used soft colors in, mostly, blush pink and white to create his magical table. 


Gideon Hermosa on Thursd
Gideon Hermosa

Gideon Hermosa's Table Design in Istanbul on Thursd


Table Design by Gideon Hermosa on Thursd

Peruvian Arturo de Noriega, a famous wedding designer in Latin America, created a classic royal setup in black, red, and gold using tall candelabras decorated with red roses, and candles. A green wall of tea light candles added a romantic feel to the setup that also included hanging greenery and chandeliers. 


Arturo de Noriega on Thursd
Arturo de Noriega

Table Design by Arturo de Noriega on Thursd

Sarah Young, a celebrity wedding designer, and planner from Malta created a colorful yet classic design, infused with gold accents, which reflected Istanbul's colors and rich cultural heritage. 


Sarah Young on Thursd
Sarah Young

Meltem Tepeler and Elmas Özler, the event organizers, also presented their table design prepared with the event's main sponsor Karaca. They designed an Atatürk-themed Turkish table which coincided with the Atatürk Commemoration Day on the 10th of November. 


Meltem Tepeler and Elmas Özler on Thursd
Meltem Tepeler and Elmas Özler

Table Design Meltem Tepeler and Elmas Özler on Thursd


A One-of-a-kind Event Regarding Table Design

This one-of-a-kind event also featured a table design competition, panel discussions, music performances, and exquisite gastronomy highlighting Istanbul as an international celebration destination of the world. 

The table design competition was organized for both local and international designers providing them with an unparalleled opportunity to present their creative table set-up designs to world-famous jury members. Melisa Demirhan Var from MH Dream Maker, Erica Jones, and Valerie Francois from O Luxe Design, Inc were the winners of this competition.


Table Design Competition on Thursd

With the support of the Panel Sponsor, Yapı Kredi Crystal, several panels were held on different topics including "Why is Istanbul the Capital of Celebrations", "The importance of Luxury Events and Weddings in Promoting Cities", "Art of Celebration" and "Gastronomy and Sustainability in the Art of Celebration". The panels were managed by leading moderators in the field and attended by international and Turkish opinion leaders, designers, event planners, and the media. Workshops were also held alongside the Exhibition where interesting and important information was shared on "Turkish Grapes in Glasses" and "An Empress at Beylerbeyi Palace". In addition to the main sponsor, Karaca, several other companies sponsored and supported the event. 






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