Remy Renzullo X Carolina Irving & Daughters Tabletop Collection
Interior designer Remy Renzullo loves to entertain and collects antique china to set his table. He is such an avid collector that he reached out to me on Instagram last summer when I posted photos from the Nantucket Antiques Show to find out which vendor was selling plates in one of his china patterns. The only problem with collecting vintage china is that you can’t always find full sets or replacement pieces without some work. To remedy that situation, Remy has collaborated with Venezuelan textile designer Carolina Irving and her daughters on a new tableware collection hand-made in Portugal and exclusively available on Moda Operandi.
“Initially, the first part of the collection began to evolve from a 19th-century Mallorcan charger Remy has that had belonged to his aunt,” says Carolina Irving. “We love that the starting point was a beautiful inherited piece. Like all of our ceramics, it feels very personal.” They faithfully reproduced it as the Mabel large serving platter, and from there launched into a deeper exploration of 18th- and 19th-century Spanish ceramics like Talavera and Manises. Trips to Spain to visit museums and auction houses yielded endless inspiration. As they began to develop samples, they decided to branch out further and create a few that felt more refined, something that, as Renzullo notes, “could transition from a country lunch to a New York or London dinner party.” For this, they studied 18th-century French faience like Chantilly and Strasbourg. “They are refined but not stuffy, the goal of our collection,” says Renzullo. Adds Olympia, “Ultimately we want these pieces to be used and loved—they are really designed for any occasion, whether dinner for 18 or breakfast in bed on the weekend.”Via Architectural Digest
These tables were photographed at Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo’s Southampton home and garden, Remy’s New York apartment, and Carolina Irving’s garden in Portugal and show just how many different ways you can style the collection. The only drawback is that you have to pre-order the collection but that just means you have something to look forward to in August.