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Maria cabinet 58 LUKE EDWARD HALL'S DECORATIVE DITTY OF DINNERWARE BY COLBY GOETSCHIUS I magine a Brideshead Revisited version of Oxford University, fi lled with palm trees and frolicking Vitruvian Men who fell off a fl ight of fancy on their way to Modernism Week in Palm Springs. That's the world of London-based design darling Luke Edward Hall. When you hear Hall's name, it's hard to resist the mental image of the Technicolor Greek key so signature of his work. In fact, this ancient symbol of eternal fl ow is the perfect moniker for Hall, whose infl uence in the design world extends as infinitely as his sense for the historical — his client list includes Drake's, Berry Bros. & Rudd, The Rug Company, Christie's, and Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Hall's maximalist aesthetic is a paragon of Greco-Roman expression, his British heritage, and new forms for bygone glamour. In a rendering style that combines Matisse's economy of line with Hockney's lottery of color, Hall's design and illustrations have landed on furniture, ceramics, fabrics, and even slippers for the ever preppy Stubbs & Wootton — but not by accident. Educated formally at Central Saint Martins in men's fashion design and later under the aegis of interior designer Ben Pentreath, Hall braids the disciplines of fashion, design, architecture and art. With Warhol's sense of visual currency, Hall has used social media to create a métier where the world and its histories are his oyster. The latest pearl from the oyster bed of Hall's candied office is a collection for Manifattura Richard Ginori, porcelain masters who have dominated tabletop fashion since 1735. Inspired by the designer's love for Greco-Roman mythology, the Il Viaggio di Nettuno collection is a decorative ditty of seafaring deities that rewrites the codes of antiquity with liberated color and Ginori's fine craftsmanship. Neptune and other mythological gods, their mantles billowing in the ocean winds, adorn an extensive suite of decorative plates, placeholders, teacups, teapots, oval trays, and mugs. Coral, shells, and pattern-fi lled borders add to the seemingly boundless whimsy of chariots pulled by seahorses and Arion playing a golden harp astride a dolphin. The collection debuted at Salone del Mobile di Milano 2019. Pack your bags for Luke Edward Hall's self-described "escape from the hackneyed white cliché of minimalism." We await the U.S. launch of this enchanting ensemble for the heart of the table, slated for September. Luke Edward Hall Luke Edward Hall for Richard Ginori porcelain

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