Just imagine it – you’re sitting at home when you receive a call from the Palace to say that the Queen is popping round. Oh, and she may stay for dinner. You’ve now got to whip together an entire table setting fit for Royalty – but who on earth can you call on to help?! Step forward Hubert de Vinols, the renowned French interior architect and art collector, who has launched his latest project, called Tables d’Exception, offering magnificent table settings for hire. Designed by Vinols using his extensive collection of fine and rare 18th and 19th century tableware, the concept is aimed at affluent individuals and organisations wishing to entertain in a manner that evokes elegance and grandeur (irrespective of whether your guests are members of the Royal household). Vinols’ creative eye and design skills have been honed from his interiors and restoration projects in chateaux and castles across Europe. He now combines his opulent antique porcelain dinner services, fine silver and textured glassware to create his “tablescapes” for up to 100 guests.
Vinols has had a passion for designing grand table settings ever since he inherited a large collection of important 18th and 19th century tableware from his historically interesting family. Over the years, he has steadily added to his collection, acquiring the finest pieces at auction, privately and from antique dealers around the world. He also owns a fascinating collection of his family’s menus, and these serve to inspire him when he creates beautifully hand-written menu cards for his clients.
With fine dining making a steady and welcome return to the London foodie scene, Vinols sees a gap in the UK market. “I wish for Tables d’Exception to enable a return to refined entertaining, where a beautiful setting inspires convivial discourse,” he revealed.
Vinols’ extensive tableware collection comprises the crème-de- la-crème of names in European luxury tableware, including Sèvres, Meissen, Chantilly, Locré, Baccarat, Odiot, Daum and Saint-Louis. These combine with fine embossed silk and table linens, antique silver and silver-gilt candlesticks, menu stands, salt cellars, sugar casters and magnificent ornate centre-pieces. It has rarely been possible to hire antique tableware, let alone have a table setting designed by a renowned collector and authority on the subject. Her Majesty is sure to be impressed….
Tables d’Exception operates in France, Switzerland and the UK, and commissioning fees are calculated on an individual basis. For further information, please visit www.tablesdexception.com.