Istanbul recently played host to a magnificent event that brought together creative minds from around the world to showcase their exceptional talents in the art of table design. The Global Table Design Exhibition was a celebration of creativity and innovation, capturing the hearts and minds of all those in attendance.
Taking place from October 31st to November 2nd, 2023, the event saw a diverse group of event designers from different corners of the globe invited to present their unique and creative table themes. Pakistan in Vogue, the official media partner, was on the scene to cover the event in all its glory, ensuring that every exquisite detail was shared with a global audience.
Among the illustrious designers who graced the event with their presence were:
- David Beahm (USA):
David Beahm, the founder and president of David Beahm Experiences, stands as one of New York's premier event designers. With a background rooted in the arts, Beahm seamlessly blends theater and art in his designs, emphasizing style, quality, and originality. A favorite among celebrities and socialites, his creations merge cutting-edge ideas with timeless traditions, showcasing his unique perspective on event design.
- Majeda Kassir Bisharat (Jordan):
Majeda Kassir Bisharat, the Founder & Creative Director of MY Event Design, brings a fusion of fashion and event design to the forefront. Armed with a degree in Fashion Design from Italy, Majeda, Jordan's first Fashion Designer, has seamlessly integrated her love for unique experiences, tablescaping, and flowers into high-profile events. Known for her innovative approach and attention to detail, she transforms events into signature experiences, drawing inspiration from fashion runways and weeks.
- Percy Sales (USA):
Percy Sales, a distinguished destination wedding planner and event designer based in California, has been a trailblazer in the wedding industry since 2000. Committed to turning special moments into lifelong memories, Percy's exceptional creativity and attention to detail have set him apart. His passion for design and dedication to exceeding expectations make him a sought-after expert, orchestrating unforgettable weddings worldwide.
- Sumant Jayakrishnan (India):
Sumant Jayakrishnan, a contemporary Indian set, lighting, and costume designer, is celebrated for creating magical worlds for performance. Trained at the National Institute of Design, his work spans from theater productions to film art direction. Recognized for his top-notch scenography, Jayakrishnan's designs heal spaces, telling stories that captivate audiences and elevate the overall experience.
- Monsieur Froonck (Germany):
Monsieur Froonck, Germany's most glamorous wedding planner, boasts over 20 years of experience in creating extraordinary and luxurious weddings. Renowned for his full-service creative concepts, Froonck's portfolio includes over 400 weddings, earning him the title of the wedding guru in German-speaking Europe. His television presence for 17 years has elevated him to cult status, making him a pioneer and mentor in the industry.
- Hella Huizinga (Netherlands):
Hella Huizinga, known for her luxurious and memorable event designs, has been creating extraordinary experiences worldwide since 2012. Her stylish yet extraordinary signature designs have graced weddings and events in countries like Italy, France, Greece, and Dubai. With a focus on meticulous planning, attention to detail, and discretion, Hella ensures that her events rise beyond expectations, reflecting the unique style and wishes of her diverse clientele.
- Frieha Altaf (Pakistan):
Frieha Altaf, a powerhouse in Pakistan's cultural representation, transcends the role of a mere fashion icon; she is a Creative Director, PR mogul, and event designer. As the CEO of Catwalk Event Management, Frieha's dynamic career has brought her to the global spotlight at the Table Design Exhibition 2023. Her creative prowess not only shines through her event designs but also in her role as a strong and visionary leader. A trailblazer, Frieha is making significant progress in smashing patriarchy, embodying a positive image of her country on the international stage.
- Brian Worley (USA):
Brian Worley, the owner of B. Worley Productions in Atlanta, Georgia, is an American reality television host, event planner, and wedding designer. With over 18 years of experience, Worley has produced numerous high-profile events within the hospitality and entertainment industries. Recognized for his organizational and presentation skills, he emphasizes green and eco-friendly events, proving that extraordinary experiences can be created with environmental consciousness.
- Toni Breiss (France):
Toni Breiss, an internationally renowned wedding and event planner from Lebanon, is the founder of Level, an event-planning boutique operating for over a decade. Known for creating extravagant and fairytale-like weddings, Breiss tailors his high-end productions to leave an unforgettable mark. His work, characterized by custom-designed decors, aims to provide a perfect evening full of surprises and magic, reflecting his commitment to perfection.
Day 1 (October 31st)
marked the grand opening ceremony held at the prestigious Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. The evening was nothing short of a spectacle, with designers showcasing their creativity, live music filling the air, and delightful culinary treats for all to savor. The dress code set the tone of sophistication and style, with ladies donning elegant black gowns and men donning black ties.
Day 2 (November 1st)
began with a morning panel discussion and meetings, fostering the exchange of creative ideas and inspirations. In the evening, attendees embarked on a captivating Bosphorus Tour before indulging in a Gala night at The Peninsula Hotel. The dress code for this splendid affair was "Elegant Chic," perfectly honoring the Turkiye 100th Anniversary.
Day 3 (November 2nd)
commenced with another enlightening panel discussion, followed by an exploration of the city's historical treasures during an Old City Tour. The journey concluded with a memorable dining experience at ‘Sarnic Restaurant’, where attendees embraced the Ottoman style costume dress code, transporting them to a bygone era of opulence.
The event reached its grand finale with an extravagant party that left everyone in awe, celebrating the creativity of designers and the unity of global design communities.
Miss Meltem Tepler, CEO of KM Events, and Elmas Ozler, visionary CEO of Blue Chip, received well-deserved praise for their impeccable organization of this monumental event. Their dedication and meticulous planning ensured that attendees enjoyed every moment to the fullest.
This event, more than just a celebration of design, stands as an initiative to promote collaboration among global designers, fostering an environment of shared inspiration and innovation.
Pakistan in Vogue is deeply honored to have played a part in this exquisite event that united artistic souls from around the world. As we bid farewell to this year's event, our eyes are already set on the horizon, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this extraordinary journey of creativity and collaboration.