Thursday, October 8
After a lovely day in San Francisco with a bit of chill in the air (you can really tell that fall is here!) it was wonderful to attend a nice party at the end of a work day.
Tonight was very special as I was an honored to meet with Lord Wedgwood (yes- THAT Wedgewood) for a private interview before the lecture and book signing (At Home with Wedgwood by Tricia Foley) in downtown San Francisco at Gumps.
Lord Wedgwood couldn’t have been more charming. Exactly the kind of man you would expect him to be. Well dressed in a thick wool pin stripe suit (I could see that the lining of his jacket coat was bright red- so fabulous!)- A blue and white windowpane shirt and a tie with horses. All topped off with a pink and white polka dot pocket square. His cuff links were Wedgwood (did you have to ask?) as was his ring dating to the 1760’s. (In the photo Lord Wedgwood was inspecting Suzanna’s Wedgwood ring dating which he dated to the 1880’s)
2009 marks the 250th year of Wedgwood- started in 1759.
The iconic tableware company that we all know was started by Josiah Wedgwood with the famous blue and white Jasperware pieces. It is certainly fabulous to see the elevation of Wedgewood over the years- keeping in the home and décor market with designers like Vera Wang, Jasper Conran, Barbara Barry and Martha Stewart. Speaking of evolution- did you know that Charles Darwin was Josiah Wedgwood’s grandson?
Casually chatting with Lord Wedgwood was a wonderful way to end the day just before the start of the party. We talked about drinking tea and how taking time out of the day can be a challenge- but a welcome break at times. I suggested that Wedgewood come up with a sort of travel kit with a lovely tea set! If we see this in stores upcoming- we all know where the idea came from!
The new book is fabulous and I highly suggest rushing out and purchasing it.
What I think is special about the book is that is really shows Wedgwood in so many settings. Lord Wedgwood and I talked about how Wedgwood looked perfect on so many of the pages. Some of the settings are much more formal- and some more relaxed- but it all somehow really works. There are fabulous interiors of:
Barbara Barry, Stephen Drucker, James Huniford, Charlotte Moss, Thomas O’Brien, John Pawson, Suzanne Rheinstein, Carolyne Roehm, Michael Smith, Martha Stewart, Vera Wang and of course Lord Wedgwood.
We chatted about how some people are afraid to use fine china on a daily basis- and how that he thought that it should be used everyday! Hear that everyone? Bring out your favorite china and use it! Don’t just save it for special occasions.