Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bird is the word in tableware: Lenox introduces chirp, its newest dinnerware

Keep an eye out for birds -- indoors and out. They are the design world's newest
darlings. They are showing up on everything from dinnerware and tree top
centerpieces to cakes and invitations. At tabletop market Lenox introduced
their new “chirp” pattern.

The key to the current avian look is color - - think parrot green, robin's egg blue
and canary yellow. As part of the new “simply fine” collection, Lenox has crafted
this beautiful and highly fashionable design to appeal to the modern women. This
pattern with its bold splashes of teal and the water-colored birds is what inspired
the following "robin's egg blue and red" affair:

(top row: Martha Stewart magazine, bottom row: The Knot)

Though unconventional, this warm-cool combination is surprisingly elegant. Red
and robin's egg blue is one of my favorite parings, at once sophisticated and alive.

(above: Martha Stewart magazine, letterpress wedding coasters, Sesame

In America, birds have always been a classic motif; but if you'd like to incorporate
some flights of fancy into your next event, incorporate birds using this color

(top row: Martha Stewart magazine, Real Simple magazine, bottom row:
Martha Stewart magazine, The Knot).

Bold accents pop against white table linens. For a centerpiece, use a tree
with vibrant red and blue birds perched on the branches.

(above: Country Living magazine)

For something luxurious, place iittala Toikka bird at every place setting.

(l to r: Toikka birds, $275.00, blue pheasant, Gump's; Martha Stewart
collection feather bird ornaments, set of 4, $26.25, Macy*s).

Start with a deep red (red has long symbolized love and passion ) and
temper it with blue-greens ranging in intensity from pale to brilliant.
Set the tone right from the start by sending save-the-date announcements
to your guests with a robin's egg blue and red combination.

(above: Birds in Paradise, Ink and Wit; Engagement party invite, Sesame letterpress).

Don't forget your cake! This color combination will surely provide compelling
contrasts and give a look that's fresh and new and appealing.

(top row: Martha Stewart magazine, bottom row: Lovin Sullivan cakes)


pvedesign said...

A bird lover myself, take a look at my logo -
I'd love to illustrate something for you to post!
Think about it!

Sarah Dennis said...

Patricia, I'm such a huge fan of your work! The birds in your logo are great, I can see you're a fan of them. Of course you can illustrate something for Toast and Tables! I would "over-the-top" if you did that.

Let's collab, I'll email you!

Viva said...

absolutely love the color combo of red with these blues...gorgeous.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

that teal and red look awesome together, love it!

Lisa from Blush said...

Hi Sarah!
Beautiful, beautiful post - you are certainly on the right side of genius! Hey, thanks for the comment on my blog. And, I've added a link to Toast and Tables - hope that's okay!

ALL THE BEST said...

Sarah as always your posts are beautiful!! I love the images from Country Living and the Lovin Sullivan cake is stunning!

::tgm:: said...

OhmyGOSH, brilliant. I have never thought of birds as a "highly fashionable design to appeal to the modern woman". I love this!

Sarah Dennis said...

Thanks Viva, with the eyes of a graphic designer, if you think it's gorgeous, then it's gorgeous!
*smile*. Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah Dennis said...

Thanks Dee-Dee. Saying the words "teal and red" together doesn't bring to mind style and sophistication; but when you see them together it just sings modern chic!

Sarah Dennis said...

Aaaah Lisa, I'm blushin'! I love your blog as well. Thanks for linking me in.

Sarah Dennis said...

Ronda, thanks for stopping by. All of Lovin Sullivan cakes look just to good to even eat! Patricia stopped by earlier, she going to do an illustration for Toast and Tables. I'm so excited, I can't wait to collaborate with her. She did such a beautiful job with your header.

Sarah Dennis said...

Tamara, check out the logos of two of the most fashionable women around:

Patricia van Essche:

Michelle Rago:

What do you see? BIRDS!
Very modern. Very chic. Very fashionable.

{this is glamorous} said...

Sarah, I adore those plates in the top photo with the robin's egg blue--thanks so much for the introduction!

tyffaknee said...

I love, love, love the new Lenox pattern. When can I expect to see it in stores? :)

At home with Kim Vallee said...

As you started to show, dark red and teal (or robin egg blue) is a color combination to keep in mind for your Christmas table decor.

The bird and twig centerpieces are gorgeous. I like the movement flow of those.

Sarah Dennis said...

Hi Tyffaknee, the new Lenox line will be arriving at retailers Spring 2008.

Sarah Dennis said...

Hey Kim, I agree - - - red and white with a pop of teal (or robin egg blue) would be beautiful at Christmas. I'm going to keep my eye out for wrapping paper with that color combo. If you spot anything let me know!

Lucky Designs said...

Hi Sarah - I love your post. I think my holiday colors are going to be red and light blue (with some retro graphics). My house has a red door, so I think it will start from the outside and work my way in! Hope all is well with you!

Oh Happy Blog! said...


Loving the Lenox! and what's more.. these are going to be my wedding colors- so nice to see a lovely well-edited presentation of them in all their glory... thanks!-


Mike said...

Red napkins always look so pretty and polished.