Gifts Today magazine

Caskata and Williamsburg collaborate

Luxury tabletop brand Caskata and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation have collaborated on 21st-century tableware and gifts with an 18th-century provenance

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, through its licensing division, and luxury US tabletop designer, Caskata Artisanal Home, announce their collaboration in the creation of a uniquely American collection of dinnerware, serveware, and gifts.

Caskata, whose product line is artisan-crafted in the USA, has been entrusted with reimagining designs from the most stunning works of 18th-century artists in the Williamsburg archives.

The first of three new designs, Chinoiserie Toile (pictured), was inspired by a British copperplate- printed curtain from the 1770s. The original design recalls the tea, porcelain, and silk trade between the Far East and the colonies and is evidence that global chic is not a new concept. The Caskata teapot and plates that carry the reinterpreted art, depict a contemporised vision of it – different in scale, uniquely positioned, but as timeless as the original. 

Two other patterns – the abstract Blue Marble, and the grande-floral Arcadia – are the results of similar application of Caskata’s modern-yet-timeless approach to archival imagery.

“We are excited to be working with Caskata,” says Melissa Fraley-Agguini, executive director of product licensing. “Their ability to apply 18th-century design in innovative ways creates an elegance which is still approachable for everyday use. We hope that families and friends will sit around the table enjoying our stories and creating new ones.”

“To us, the partnership with Williamsburg was an ideal collaboration.” adds Shawn Laughlin, founder and designer at Caskata, “Caskata’s creative point of difference has always been our unique injection of a contemporary design aesthetic into timeless themes. As artisans, I can’t tell you how excited we were to be granted access to the trove of treasured art that the museum curates – it was an honour and just the type of creative challenge we love. Beyond that, the whole idea of working with Willliamsburg, with their mission to tell America’s story, aligned very well with our commitment to ‘made in the USA.’”

The new collection will be shown at a special preview on April 5, 2017 at the Redbury Hotel, New York City. 


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