January 5, 2016

Hand Blown Glasses and Bowls

Who: Italian artisan Carlo Moretti, a glass master who in 1958 established this workshop with his brother Giovanni Moretti.  Bergdorf Goodman in NYC is one of several retailers for the United States.  Prices range from $144-$165.
What: Hand blown glasses and bowls that take ancient traditions of production from the Murano islands of Venice and combine them with more contemporary patterns and designs. 
Where: When I first caught a glimpse of this tableware, my reaction was that they would be perfect in the South of France or St. Barths ... imagine, a Christian Liagre inspired interior with dark wood floors, sisal rugs, white slipcovered furniture and this barware to accentuate the tabletop.
When: Perfect for a Pisco Sour, Mojito or Americano just before dinner.
Why:  When your tastes tend to be more neutral and minimalist, barware is a great way to bring in variety and pops of color without having to commit the entire interior to the effect.  Easy come, easy go!

Image courtesy of www.architecturaldigest.com

December 31, 2015

Piatto Milano Blue and Rococo Milano Blu Ceramic Tableware

Who: Italian retailer Artemest brings you these handprinted plates from Italian artisan Paravicini, prices range from 180-220 euros.
What: Ceramic dinner plates and soup bowls with hand painted chinoiserie designs
Where:  Perfect for your country house.  A few years ago I was working on a summer house in Southampton and this collection would have been perfect for their breakfast room which was located off the most beautiful glass conservatory.
When: Your more formal breakfast engagements ... flute of Mimosa required!
Why: Even in the most contemporary of times, having pieces that reference classical designs are a good way to round off your table settings....and hand painted, providing a truly unique collection?  Che Bello!

Image courtesy of Artemest.com