See a Gorgeous Fall Gathering Inspired by Old New York
To celebrate the launch of its new lifestyle hashtag #GatheringsLikeThese, New York styling and creative company Zio & Sons recently invited lifestyle tastemakers for an inspired lunch at a Manhattan photo studio and test kitchen. In the bright, open loft-like space, Zio & Sons creative director Anthony D’Argenzio created a modernised “Old New York” aesthetic. “We wanted everything to be relaxed and inviting, with traditional refined touches like our blue and white china,” he says.
To create “a cosy, at-home feel," Zio & Sons brought in additional seating and tables from New York prop house Rent Patina. “We chose the long barnwood tables for an intimate communal experience,” he says. Vintage furniture and décor like a 19th-century fireplace mantel, an antique ship wheel, and a turn-of-the-century butcher block table contributed to the Old New York vibe.
D’Argenzio and his team also crafted handmade table runners and napkins from white French linen by the yard, washed in cold water and hung to dry for a worn-in touch. “We left the edge raw and unfinished for a vintage country look, and sprayed the linens with a light lavender perfume, filling the room with the most amazing fresh linen scent.” Other DIYs included vintage-inspired shipping tags with calligraphy used as place cards, which were tied with navy twine to Old New York-inspired handmade cookies by Sugar Built.
For the flower arrangements, Zio & Sons partnered with Petal BY Pedal, a florist who sources flowers directly from New York farmers and delivers them by bicycles. “I like to get a bit whimsical and loose with my fall arrangments,” D’Argenzio says. “For fall, I prefer pairing blush hues with pops of colour and greens.” Anemones, dahlias, flowering kale, and large garden roses are his autumnal go-tos. “We also had ivy spilling out of the arrangements, which gave the table an added organic texture.”
Seasonally influenced local takeaway food shop Nourish Kitchen + Table was responsible for the meal, which also had an Old New York-inspired approach. The menu included chicken liver pate, a Waldorf salad with upstate apples, Amish roasted chicken, an apple tart with caramel glaze, a classic gin gimlet, and an autumn punch. Delicieux.
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