Book: At the Artisan's Table
Stunning contemporary tabletop designs inspired by historical decorative objects from the world's great museums
Throughout history, tabletop decoration has been at the nexus of utilitarian function and innovative design. In At the Artisan's Table, designers and event producers Jane Schulak and David Stark pair 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, including Aptware (marbled clay), blue-and-white Delft, chinoiserie, faux bois, plaster, splatterware, and trompe l'oeil. Each chapter features a museum object that serves as a "muse"; the work and studio of the artist who has updated the traditional craft; and gorgeous table settings designed by Schulak and Stark that incorporate the artist's handmade wares and provide inspiration for everyone who has ever wished to wow their dinner guests.
About the Author
Designer Jane Schulak is the founder and creative director of the non-profit Culture Lab Detroit. She has served on the boards of the University of Michigan School of Architecture and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She lives in Detroit. David Stark, president and chief creative officer of David Stark Design and Production, is an acclaimed event producer, designer, and author. Among his books are David Stark: The Art of the Party and Napkins with a Twist. His work has been featured in numerous publications. His clients include celebrities, major corporations, and museums, and he has appeared as a party-planning expert on such programs as The Today Show and The View. He lives in Brooklyn.