Large Outdoor Dining Plates by Tiwa Select


The Big Plates collection as outdoor fun grows

Los Angeles-based design platform Tiwa Select showcases a collection of oversized plates and platters from 13 artists and designers, exploring different craft techniques in honor of outdoor entertainment.

Outdoor gatherings can serve a big helping hand in style and craftsmanship this summer; Los Angeles-based design platform Tiwa Select has focused its latest efforts on curating a collection of oversized platters, simply titled “Big Plates,” in honor of outdoor entertainment. Showcasing the creative efforts of 13 creators, ranging from designers Simone Bodmer-Turner and Minjae Kim to former editor Deborah Needleman, and displayed in a barn in upstate New York, the plaques, which will also be in online sales, cover the whole range of materials.

“Our first group show was around mezcal copitas (in partnership with Yola Mezcal) in June: tiny little drinking vessels that we thought would be an interesting challenge for the artists we work with. We wanted to do just the opposite for the summer, so we ordered large plates, ”says Tiwa Select founder Alex Tieghi-Walker. “Some dishes are over 3 feet wide. While we view plates as functional objects, some have the ability to increase our sensitivity to the situations around us. This is the idea behind “Big Plates”. It is a radical overhaul of generosity: decadence not as excess, but as joyous abundance on a large scale. It seemed appropriate to me for this summer to create objects that take up space and hold their own type of power, prompting connection with the world around them and connection between the groups of people who use them.

‘Big Plates’: variations on a theme

‘Bented Plates’ and ‘Pointy Bowls’ by Heven. Photography: Ryan Lowry

From sculptural carved wood serving plates by carpenter Vince Skelly to the ethereal quilted fiberglass creations of Minjae Kim, the many interpretations of what can be considered a plate invite viewers to see these dinnerware staples in a whole new light. refreshing. The array of creators included in the show, many of whom are self-taught, also opens the discussion on the idea of ​​what constitutes design.

“It seemed appropriate for me for this summer to create objects that occupy space and hold their own type of power, prompting connection with the world around them and connection between the groups of people who use them” – Alex Tieghi-Walker

“For me, folk crafts and folk art have always been separated from more institutional design (and art). Artists are less well known, their work perceived as more rudimentary or unrefined. Rarely does the work of self-taught creators achieve the same canonical recognition, ”Tieghi-Walker recalls. “But for me, this type of work may be pure design. Each of the artists in this group creates in response to a personal desire, or creates works on a much more intuitive level with materials they find fascinating, or shapes they might find useful – or whimsical, which is it. also important. There is a lot of soul and joy in this collection of works, and the pieces reveal a lot about the creators behind them. ‘

‘Winged Wood’ top by Nadia Yaron, spalted maple with natural oil finish. Photography: Ryan Lowry

He continues: “Each artist has their own material or technique that they use, and this variety has created a very rich collection of objects. Our goal was to create a show with very few limitations, and a simple brief: “create an oversized set; this plate must allow people to connect to the object, and everything that is placed on it ”. With my co-curator, Fiona Mackay, we have assembled an assortment of designers. Seeing all of their plates sit together and realize what connection (and actually what a plate is) means to different artists was really interesting and special. ‘

Ranging from stoneware and ceramics to clay, glass and wood, the collection of plates is steeped in naturalism, while exuding a highly collectable quality. Each of the 13 platters has been produced in editions of four or six, and will suit any indoor or outdoor gathering. §


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