Long drawn to the work of Emma Lindegaard for her use of moody and unexpected elements, her tablescapes have become synonymous with all that is decadent and imaginative. As a highly respected and experienced stylist, her work evokes a certain intrigue, merging a captivating darkness with a sophisticated palette and layering of textures. Hers is a classical, almost still-life approach, reminiscent of the Old Masters, which when re-imagined in the realm of weddings, feel by contrast, highly contemporary. For brides seeking to emulate this mood, we mined Emma’s top 7 styling tips on creating dramatically decadent tablescapes for a unique event….
My inspirations for settings are many and varied, and are largely from outside the exhausted bridal world. I draw from 18th century still-life paintings for grazing tables and settings, Parisian architecture, and Victorian and old-English décor, all incorporated with a certain eclecticism. I find inspiration in raw materials; off-cut marble, found timber, unfinished stone, foraged flora, tarnished silverware.
Establishing a Palette
Use visual mood boards to build the basics of a setting: A theme, colour, texture, tone, location & mood, establishing the overall narrative and direction.
Try to use each place-setting as its own unique display, built up by layering textures; from tabletop to napkin to crockery to cutlery and glassware. Again, it’s the ‘imperfections’ of the raw materials here that create such interest; draped fabric with unfinished seams, organic-edged plates, tarnished silverware, unrefined cotton rag place cards, and melted candles.
Antique silverware and crystal glasses give a timeless appeal to the spread, eschewing the transience of current trends.
Build structure into centrepieces using unexpected florals, height changes, and site-specific found objects. Given the choice, I will tend to steer clear of overtly traditional floral arrangements, in favour of something more sculptural and unique.
This has come about largely through necessity for me, but has developed into an important part of my oeuvre. I try to incorporate food as an extension of the centrepiece of a table, and approach the arrangement using similar principles; considering structure, tone, line, colour etc.
Wedding favours and other necessities such as water and serving-ware are the final additions to a table that shouldn’t be overlooked. Think about how it ties in with the overall aesthetic; it’s the small details that matter.
words by Emma Lindegaard
**Originally posted on The LANE here...