Tablescapes: A Surreal Table Setting in Belgium, Avian Guests Included
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"Last night I dreamt I was having dinner at a long table that seemed to go on forever into the forest. Trees were growing out of it and there were singing birds, flying from branch to branch." A surreal dream for some, perhaps, but for guests (including Jean Paul Gaultier and other design luminaries) at a dinner hosted by Belgian designer Charles Kaisin’s during the Art Brussels fair (spotted in Domus) , this was hardly a dream. Seated at a 36-seat table made of trees, Kaisin's guests spent an enchanted evening under the magic spell of his bird-filled forest. For those of you who fancy your own surreal forest, the tables are adaptable in width and in length to fit any room. “The table evolves with the season, as you decorate it with candles or garlands,” says Kaisin. Something tells us that turkeys do not play a big part in his vision. Photos via Domus . Above: The tables can be customized to specific dimensions and materials. For more information, see Charles Kaisin . Above: Birds flew from branch to branch serenading the guests with their song. Above: A lengthwise view of the table. Above: La Folie de Charles, sa table et ses hôtes (The fantasy of Charles, his table, and his guests). Above: The meal, which was divided between "terrestrial" and "spiritual" foods, was interrupted at intervals by performances of music and readings. Above: The designer Charles Kaisin with one of his guests. Each guest donned the surrealist outfit of his or her choice. N.B. Thinking about Thanksgiving? See 1059 back posts on Table Settings .