design   //   August 4, 2014

THE GOLDEN TOUCH

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This isn’t the first time  (see here) I’ve shared my love for Kelly Wearstler’s tabletop collection. With each new piece, I seem to grow more and more fond of the designer’s tableware. This time around, it’s the new newest additions – the Dohney and the Bedford – to her fine china collection that have me totally smitten. The Dohney was inspired by pattern work, while the Bedford style came from Wearstler’s affinity for mixed metal patinas and tromp l’oeil artwork. They’re beautiful not only as a whole collection, but each piece on its own is really standout (have you ever seen such a pretty soup bowl?). One things is certain: Wearstler’s love for gold is abundantly clear in both of these new styles. What’s surprising to me is that I’m normally not a fan of china that has so much gold. The china patterns that are completely gilded (this one, for example) are usually so incredibly formal and just too much for me. Beautiful – but not my style.  However, that’s not the case with either of these Wearstler ones. I absolutely love all of the gold, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the entire Dohney or Bedford collection – from charger to teacup – on one table. What would be even better, though, is to mix the two patterns. How striking would that be? It’s a way to do a formal table in a very modern, graphic way. In fact, you could pretty much mix these with any of Wearstler’s tabletop pieces. She’s really good like that. The fine china mixes so well with her causal line even. (A Dohney plate plus one of these polka-dot salad plates would be so much fun.)  I love a designer who makes the mix easy, don’t you?

Now, all I need is a set of gold flatware and my dinner table is set.

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