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


For nearly each vacation that rolls round, we flip to occasion designer David Stark for table-setting inspiration (see, for proof: a DIY Scandi-inspired unfold to an architectural tablescape for autumn). Fortunately, David now has a brand new e book with occasion producer Jane Schulak and author Kathleen Hackett—On the Artisan’s Desk, simply out—and it’s filled with tabletop inspiration for each event, mixing “historic desk wares from the world’s most interesting design museums with items by a world array of latest artisans who reinterpret conventional crafts and kinds.”

We’re intrigued by the “Forbidden Fruit” desk settings particularly; be part of us for a glance.

Images by Aaron Delesie from On the Artisan’s Desk.

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Above: In Forbidden Fruit, David and Jane pair ceramics by Welsh artist Philip Eglin with an ochre palette, pews as eating benches, and the grand however time-worn environment of an outdated cathedral in Detroit (ironic, since lots of Eglin’s “irreverent and socially charged ceramics,” as Hackett writes within the e book, cope with the church).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 various sizes appear easy however add a number of drama.

Above: Mugs and plates by Eglin pair with a tablecloth hand-embroidered by Jennet Walters (his spouse), that includes Eglin’s “favourite topics: popes, clergymen, and pinups.”
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Above: One other desk, set for dinner and surrounded by Swiss eating chairs.

For extra, see On the Artisan’s Desk, simply out this month. And for extra tabletop concepts from David Stark, see:

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