I first saw this image several years ago in a magazine called Find, a print companion to a TV show of the same name hosted by Leslie and Leigh Keno, whom you may know from the US version of The Antiques Roadshow. Alas, I can't find my copy of that issue, but was happy to see the image reprinted in the book Inspired Styles, a designer profile book featuring talents who have collaborated with Kravet fabrics. The image depicts the design work of Alexa Hampton. It's one of the finest examples I have come across of the art of tablescaping. Ms. Hampton's pedigree in this specialty is unparalleled: after all, she if offspring of Mark Hampton, who worked with David Hicks, the master of tablescapeing himself. One thing I love about this image is that it is utterly timeless. This could just as easily be a 1960s tableau as a 1990s or early 2000s (which is when it is from). It looks absolutely right for today as well. It's what I call a Moment. This artful assemblage is meant to be consumed together as a whole. Where someone else might have chosen to hang one large artwork or mirror, Ms. Hampton has opted to build a story out of items with colour and texture and dimension and history. This gesture speaks to the whole raison d'être of Vintage Fine Objects. Why use one item when many do the job much better? Why buy something everyone else can have when you can instead tell your own personal story with unique objects? Why leave a space blank when it can delight? I always have a ready stock of curiosities with colour and texture and integrity of construction. Here are a few to consider.
I like how this new piece in the shop is an understated modern version of Ms. Hampton's table. Interesting. Of course, it would be easy to highlight the details with gold leaf or paint if you felt like kicking it up a notch.
I have never seen anything like this piece, which was reason enough for me to snap it up to bring to the shop. A great table centrepiece or mantel ornament.
Art glass of excellent colour and heft like this is forever chic. This piece is ready to take pride of place on a stack of design or art books.