February 27, 2024

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An Autumnal Tablescape in an Old Cathedral, Courtesy of David Stark and Jane Schulak

An Autumnal Tablescape in an Old Cathedral, Courtesy of David Stark and Jane Schulak

For just about every holiday that rolls around, we turn to event designer David Stark for table-setting inspiration (see, for evidence: a DIY Scandi-inspired spread to an architectural tablescape for autumn). Luckily, David now has a new book with event producer Jane Schulak and writer Kathleen Hackett—At the Artisan’s Table, just out—and it’s full of tabletop inspiration for every occasion, mixing “historical table wares from the world’s finest design museums with pieces by an international array of contemporary artisans who reinterpret traditional crafts and styles.”

We’re intrigued by the “Forbidden Fruit” table settings in particular; join us for a look.

Photography by Aaron Delesie from At the Artisan’s Table.

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Above: In Forbidden Fruit, David and Jane pair ceramics by Welsh artist Philip Eglin with an ochre palette, pews as dining benches, and the grand but time-worn surroundings of an old cathedral in Detroit (ironic, since many of Eglin’s “irreverent and socially charged ceramics,” as Hackett writes in the book, deal with the church).

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Above: A tablescape pairs jaunty gingham with Eglin’s ceramics, twisted beeswax candles, and an eighteenth-century Creil-Montereau faience soup tureen. Eglin’s figures nod stylistically to the work of German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder.
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Above: Bundles of wheat and beeswax candles of varying sizes seem simple but add lots of drama.

Above: Mugs and plates by Eglin pair with a tablecloth hand-embroidered by Jennet Walters (his wife), featuring Eglin’s “favorite subjects: popes, priests, and pinups.”
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Above: Another table, set for dinner and surrounded by Swiss dining chairs.

For more, see At the Artisan’s Table, just out this month. And for more tabletop ideas from David Stark, see:

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