The Art of Setting the Table
We asked artists, designers, and makers about their entertaining philosophy
When entertaining, how you set the table is your first impression—it sets the tone of the meal and confesses the evening’s character to your guests. Do you use exotic linens and glassware from all around the world to reflect your worldly menu and general globetrotting sensibilities? Or do you use your grandmother’s plates to serve recipes you still keep in her recipe box? To get ideas for hosting summer dinners, we asked creative people from all over the world to tell us how they curate their own tables. While a Swedish industrial designer loves to dress up her place settings with exotic Japanese pieces, an Australian ceramicist lets nostalgia be her guide, using flea market finds for vases and glassware. A painter in Italy gave us one of our favorite tricks: use painted tiles as coasters or a cheese board. Take a peek into their cabinets and kitchens to find inspiration for your next dinner party.