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Istanbul's Table Design Exhibition Ends With Great Success

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Istanbul's Table Design Exhibition Ends With Great Success

The "Table Design Exhibition - Istanbul Capital of Celebrations", held between 8 and 10 November 2002, ended with a great success raising the standards of Türkiye's wedding design industry high above international standards. 

The Table Design Exhibition was a joint collaboration between KM Events' Founding President, Mrs. Meltem Tepeler, and Bluechip Creative Events' Founding President, Elmas Özler. The event was supported and sponsored by several companies and organisations including Türkiye's home and tableware manufacturing company Karaca. 

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 attendees in awe. 

Among the wedding designers who took part in the Exhibition was Colin Cowie, a world famous celebrity wedding designer who recently designed and planned Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s wedding. Colin 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. 

Colin Cowie

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 was brought to life in Edgardo's secret garden. 

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 pastels hues.

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 Isanbul'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

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

Ghada Blanco

Nadia Duran, one of the most famous wedding designers of 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

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

Gideon Hermosa

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 alos included hanging greenery and chandeliers. 

Arturo de Noriega

Arturo de Noriega

Sarah Young, 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

Meltem Tepeler and Elmas Özler, the event organisers, also presented their own 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 10 November. 

This one-of-a-kind event also featured a table design competitoin, 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 expert international designers providing them with an unparalleled opportunity to present their creative table setup 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.

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. These included: Raffles Istanbul, Zorlu Holding, CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul, TGA and Panel Sponsor Yapı Kredi Crystal. Media Sponsors included Arabia Weddings, Wedlux, Maison Française, Oggusto, Privée PR and AYCREA. Flower Sponsors included: İstanbul Çiçekleri, Royal Flowers and Alexandra Farms. Event Sponsors: Staras, Decibel, Tokel Group, NK Podyum, S&S, Loco, İzzet &Yakar Music Co, UP Organizasyon, Kiralık Ekipman, Güneş Avize, Aydın Dekor, VG Event Chairs, Setup Decor, TFP, Atelier Rebul, Arzum OKKA, Homemade Macrocenter, Sevilen, Elchyn Catering, Yusuf Özer Entertainment, IDF, Şallı Perde, Gözde Van Lider, Le Supla & Decor, Ulusoy Travel Center, Valya Tur, Devrimcan Kaplan, Photoxi, ATY Events, Biletino, Manush-u Ala, KM Home Collection, Koleksiyon, Herend, Butterfly, Layla Dekorasyon, Royal Porselen, Edelfeine, Decorium, Anatoli, Luxuria, Homes & Gifts, Yasemin Soykan Design, and TİNA Jewelery were among the supporters of the "Istanbul Capital of Celebrations - Table Design Exhibition" event.

Photo credit: PTaufiq Photography

For details on the 2023 Table Design Exhibition, click here

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