January 17 2013
Christina Ohly Evans
Walter Lowry, the owner
of Los Angeles-based shop and e-store TableArt, has an unerring eye for
selecting stunning glassware, tabletop accessories and lighting – all of which
he sources from an eclectic array of producers scattered across Europe,
Asia and closer to home in New England.
The carefully curated collection of more than 7,000 decorative objects, available online and in-store, encompasses established brands such as Meissen, Lobmeyr and Nymphenburg, as well as emerging artisans. Standout dinnerware includes Ensemble Gold, a hand-painted porcelain range by German ceramic artist Doris Bank (first picture, $55-$345), and simple, stylish place settings from Hering Berlin. Other notable finds are sculptural stoneware by French manufacturer Montgolfier and ceramic dinner sets for kids from Californian Alex Marshall ($110), which can be customised.
In the well-stocked and wide-ranging cutlery section there is exquisite sterling-silver flatware by Georg Jensen and Puiforcat, alongside ebony Honshu chopsticks ($324). An understated, useful implement is a Robbe & Berking Parmesan knife (available in sterling silver, $262, or plate, $147).
aficionados will appreciate the breadth of TableArt’s offerings. Largely
handmade or mouth-blown, glasses come in a variety of bright hues and
interesting shapes. Artel’s hand-engraved crystal from the Czech
Republic (Praha Highballs, $192 for a set of two; examples in second picture) sits beside Dibbern’s kaleidoscopic
Casino tumblers ($115) in
rich shades of cobalt, sky blue and lilac. Meanwhile, an elegant Josef
Hoffman-designed Series B decanter ($1,436) could easily stand on its own as
an objet d’art.
Accessories veer from the decorative to the practical. Highlights include the elegant Ice Age chandelier in a bronze patina with hand-cut crystals ($5,845), a silver Neue Form coffee and tea service ($23,805), sensible trivets and serveware, as well as an array of bowls, place-card holders, napkin rings and salt cellars.
TableArt offers global delivery, with packages arriving elegantly presented (gifts are wrapped in silk) and their contents ensuring that the table they rest upon will indeed become a work of art.