by Marisa Marcantonio

I love what modern British artist Max Lamb has created for 1882 Ltd, Johnson Brother's Stoke on Trent-based bone china manufacturer. The name comes from the year the company was founded, and it celebrates the Johnson Brother's ceramics heritage. Pushing forward with innovation and a new modern sensibility, this distinctly British brand, part of Wedgwood, captured an entirely new audience with the addition of Lamb's pure white Crockery designs. Both naive and modern, the bowls, jug and mug have a stone age quality to them.  Not only do they bring about a smile, they are substantial, simple and not too precious looking, which is kind of cool for a material that is usually fairly dainty. They would look fantastic in a modern kitchen with open shelving, or paired with an old, well worn farm table. Made from molds carved by Lamb, the Crockery goes through a traditional crafting process to achieve the desired results. The collection is being carried at one of my favorite modern incubators, Garde in LA. 

 Photos courtesy of 1882 Ltd and Garde

The Crockery mold

Matte and smooth make a nice juxtaposition

 The Jug

 The Mug

 The Large Shallow Bowl

The Deep Bowl


by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are entertaining this holiday, do it in style with signature colors that are not all stars and stripes. Mix it up and relax, summer is finally upon us!

Photo Courtesy of Cultural Intrigue
Hang some star lanterns from the trees for instant evening glamour. Available at Cultural Intrigue.

Photo Courtesy of Mottahedeh
Instead of being so matchy matchy this 4th, bring in some exotic appeal with these great tin dragon plates from Mottahedeh. The pattern comes in china to use inside and tin for outside.

Photo Courtesy of Cultural Intrigue
Get some shade under this darling parasol from Cultural Intrigue, the go to source for umbrellas and hanging lanterns.

Photo Courtesy of CS Post
For picnics and poolside entertaining, melamine or tin are good choices. They look good, last a long time, and kids won't break them. C.S. Post offers Polka Dots in red white and blue.