Walter Lowry, the ownerof Los Angeles-based shop and e-store TableArt, has an unerring eye forselecting stunning glassware, tabletop accessories and lighting – all of whichhe 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 emergingartisans. 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 thewell-stocked and wide-ranging cutlery section there is exquisite sterling-silver flatware byGeorg Jensen and Puiforcat, alongside ebony Honshu chopsticks ($324). An understated,useful implement is a Robbe & Berking Parmesan knife (available in sterlingsilver, $262, or plate, $147).
Glassaficionados will appreciate the breadth of TableArt’s offerings. Largelyhandmade or mouth-blown, glasses come in a variety of bright hues andinteresting shapes. Artel’s hand-engraved crystal from the CzechRepublic (Praha Highballs, $192 for a set of two; examples in second picture) sits beside Dibbern’s kaleidoscopicCasino tumblers ($115) inrich shades of cobalt, sky blue and lilac. Meanwhile, an elegant JosefHoffman-designed Series B decanter ($1,436) could easily stand on its own asan objet d’art.
Accessoriesveer 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 coffeeand tea service ($23,805), sensible trivets and serveware, as well as an arrayof bowls, place-card holders, napkin rings and salt cellars.
TableArt offers globaldelivery, with packages arriving elegantly presented (gifts are wrapped in silk) andtheir contents ensuring that the table they rest upon will indeed become a workof art.