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Caskata has starring role at Met Gala

Caskata designs dinnerware for 2017 Met Gala with the Peony Blue design hand-picked by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour

US tabletop designer, Caskata Artisanal Home, was selected to provide a central part of the tablescape for the 2017 Met Gala, which was held last night (May 1st) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Gala host & Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour hand-picked Caskata’s bold Peony Blue design for the dinner and salad plates at the event which honours avant-garde fashion designer, Rei Kawakubo, and her Comme des Garçons label.

“As an artisanal studio, we think of ourselves as designers first,” remarks Caskata owner and designer, Shawn Laughlin. “It’s very gratifying, in a year that the Gala celebrates a fashion designer who breaks all the rules, that our designs have been recognised as also expressing a unique aesthetic. Hearing that Ms. Wintour selected our design among so many others she was shown is great confirmation of what we are trying to do.”

Shawn continues, “Custom designing tableware – for weddings, corporate events, for yacht & country clubs – is a big part of what we do. But, to get the opportunity to work with [celebrated Manhattan event planner] Raul Avila, to help him achieve his vision for THIS event, THIS year … we are just very honored to be acknowledged in this way.” 

Caskata has designed, decorated and fired the plates, as they do the majority of their tableware, in their Massachusetts studios, and delivered them for the installation at the museum on May 1st. The Met Gala, which officially launches The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, is traditionally held on the first Monday in May. The museum is closed for the famous fête, and the Rei Kawakubo exhibit, “Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” opens May 4th. 

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