August 07, 2013
Whether he’s using broken plates to create an image or creating imagery to cover a plate, artist Julian Schnabel is adept at transforming dinnerware. And the dinnerware he designed in honor of Bernardaud’s 150th anniversary would be equally powerful at transforming a dinner party. Schnabel was one of several artists, including Jeff Koons and David Lynch, invited by the French porcelain manufacturer to bring their talents to the table.
It’s fascinating to see how different artists can give the same canvas—a blank plate—their own flavor. Schnabel’s moody scenes would make for an atmospheric start to an evening meal, while Michael Lin’s cheerful florals (top of page) set an entirely different tone. But the designs I keep coming back to, and am currently coveting for my own table, are the simple yet stunning pieces by Sarkis.
For his set, the artist took basic white plates and highlighted them with veins of gold, as if he were repairing imaginary cracks. I can picture them lining either side of a table with a row of bright pink flowers down the center (apparently I’m still on a pink kick and then finishing things off with this most perfect set of gold flatware. But that’s an obsession for another day…