The design of this table was inspired by the bold colors, geometric patterns, curvilinear lines, organic elements and casual atmosphere indicative of contemporary deco style.
An antique hand-woven Native American basket expertly placed amongst a dramatic centerpiece of large antique vessels filled with dried dark brown cattails, green magnolia leaves and rich, goldenbrown floral boxwood greeted interior designers as they entered the Amy Karyn Home showroom in Hopewell for a festive lunch-and-learn.
Amy’s table was set with antique French art deco porcelain plates featuring a bold geometric pattern, layered upon new gold chargers and topped with a single pomegranate. The deep red color of the pomegranate led the eye to the left of the plate where a natural flax-colored linen napkin was tied with a chocolate and cream striped ribbon.
A small turn to the right of the table unveiled a completely new vignette. Here sat two 6-inch quails whose colors naturally flow into a midcentury hand-thrown von Tury vase. This vase was glazed with an innovative one-firing process, creating a watery, abstract leaf design. Coincidentally for this New Jersey tablescape, potter Francis Joseph von Tury hails from Metuchen.
The back of the table again offered a fresh look on the theme and showcases an antique brown mercury vase topped with a green/blue aeonium succulent. Various silver and glass antique water pitchers and two antique silver pheasants were juxtaposed with brand new goldrimmed serveware.
An original Amy Karyn wine sac made of a mix of jacquards/velvets, antique textiles and handprints was placed in a silver wine bucket flanked by a mixture of antique brass candlesticks and glass candlesticks holding textured tapered candles of varying heights. Nearby, a triptych of low brass candles sat in one of the new small gold-rimmed service platters.
Small dishes filled with hard butterscotch candies finished the table.
Amy suggests layering in elements such as texture, height, color and pattern to give your table contrast and depth. She accented the design with antique hotel plates and antique hotel silver to add warmth.